So, I'm ready to jump in to the digital age. About time, huh?
My current "main" camera is a Canon EOS 500n (aka Rebel XS here in the states, I think). I have a handful of lenses and other junk for it, which has been the main reason I haven't switched earlier. However, I recently added up my film and developing bills for an average year and I coulda barfed. Shooting 50 - 60 rolls of film a year, then developing them onto CD and prints, isn't cheap. I could have picked up a nice camera long ago and saved money.
That said, here's the dilemma. Do I make the jump into a digital SLR, or wimp out and go for a point and shoot? I'm a cheapskate, which means I'd go for the cheapest of whichever option I picked. For the DSLR, that would probably mean an EOS Rebel XT at maybe $300 for the body (prices for DSLR's seem to be all over the map online, the cheap places seem kind of suspect.) If I go point and shoot, who knows? Seems like there are a billion choices out there.
So, can someone give me some advice on the following:
1) What point and shoot cameras are there around $300?
2) What will I loose if I do switch to point and shoot? I'm no super-serious photographer, but I do feel pretty attached to my Canon, and I'm not sure if I would like being restricted. I probably shoot in full auto mode 70% of the time anyways, but being able to switch lenses/filters is a big draw for me.
I'm attracted to point-and-shoot because of the lure of a teeeeeny tiny camera I could carry anywhere. I suppose I could get something like that, then keep the film SLR for when I'm feeling "artsy" - but I don't really want to have two primary cameras. I kind of already tried that a year or two ago, but just bought a junky low-end $100 digital point and shoot camera, and I hate it with a passion.