Is an SLR camera a must when learning?
I am looking to start out in amatuer photography. I am very inexperienced, having only ever used compact cameras and cheap bridge cameras before, but I am looking to improve. I have decided to take the plunge and buy a better camera but as im only 16 my budget is very tight, up to £250. I would like to photograph mainly landscapes and to experiment with long exposures etc, and also take the camera away on holiday for taking touristy photos. There seems to be two ways to go because of my budget restraints and that is either a high end bridge camera, like the nikon p510, or a cheap second hand DSLR and lens combo. I am seriously tempted by the compact size and flexibility of the p510 and its rivals but at the same time i would like to experiment with and learn to use the manual controls of a DSLR. Which route would be best for a young and inexperienced photographer on a tight budget?