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Originally posted by kinda kurious
OK, here is my .02¢
I have been into photography my entire life primarily using conventional film Nikon SLR's. I was a relatively early adopter of digital and my first Digital was a Canon point and shoot (a whopping 3 mega-pixels) When it came time to upgrade I was sold on the convenience of a fixed lens Digital and was tired of carrying around a bag with lenses.
While other serious photographers may disagree, I went with and can highly recommend the Canon SX30. It has a big honking Zoom lens and achieves wide angle equivalent to 35mm.
It does, in fact, allow for manual focus using a rotary wheel on back of camera as opposed turning a concentric lens barrel ring. (That may be a deal breaker for you.) From a cost standpoint, it runs about $500.00 which is cheaper than just the body you are considering before lenses.
I love this camera and the swing out LCD 2.7" is awesome for high angle shooting over fences and low angle shooting of pets etc. Great Macro function. Auto modes are great for 90% of what I do.
Hope that helps.edit on 23-12-2010 by kinda kurious because: typosedit on 23-12-2010 by kinda kurious because: typos2