Camera shopping is very frustrating
I use a Canon S5IS for many shots, a digicam with a vari-angle LCD screen and an eye-level digital viewfinder. Ergonomically, it’s perfect, but it has poor low-light capability. Since I take a lot of pictures under less than perfect light, I want something with a less noisy chip.
Notice I did not say; “more megapixels”. I want better signal-to-noise ratio when the light is only so-so. I can’t be setting off a flash in classrooms while someone’s trying to teach, for example. And I do love to take pictures at night.
The Canon PowerShot G11 is quite a step up in image quality, but ergonomically it’s only so-so. Nevertheless it does have Canon’s superb vari-angle LCD screen. And it’s in my price range.
There are other cameras with interchangeable lenses and even better low-light capability, but most of them are SLR’s with fixed viewfinders. Some cameras with folding or variangle viewfinder are “planned” or “will be introduced soon” by various manufacturers including Sony, like the NEX-5. It has a tilting, rather than vari-angle viewfinder display but I could live with that.
Test shots from the NEX-5 suggest it beats the Olympus EP-1 (which has a fixed viewfinder anyway) for image quality, and and is just… barely within my price range. But I do hate the idea of buying the first release of any model line.
The Nikon D5000 looks promising. A bit bulky and heavy though, which nods back towards the Sony. Which hasn’t been released yet and will be a first-release when it finally is.
Anyone have any suggestions? Not necessarily for a camera – perhaps drugs I could take that would make waiting for the ideal camera less of a chore.