posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 05:49 AM
reply to post by Sounds_of_Silence
If your doing alot of travelling and view yourself as a beginner/intermediate photographer, I'd suggest you closely consider your needs before
commiting to the larger, more complex DSLR's in general.
There are many sophisticated high quality compacts available, and depending on your budget, these two amongst many are worth considering...
Nikon 1 - interchangeable lenses, yet not a cheap camera.
Cannon S100 - doesn't have the zoom capabilites of the Nikon, yet less expensive and a genuine high end compact.
... additionally, both have excellent HD video capabilities and are a great step towards DSLR photography if that's what your interested in.
Oh and by the way, the D5100 is an excellent camera.
If size isn't an issue for you while travelling and you view it as a long term purchase and photography as an ongoing hobby/interest, it's probably
the best all-round,(features, quality and value considered) DSLR available.