I'm looking to get an entry level camera. My budget is $200-600.
My requirements are a step way above cellphone pics/movies, preferably near professional quality. I have a need for outdoor shots, indoor shots, and possibly some macro shots (traveling to China in a few weeks). I am guessing 90% of the shots will just be of me and people/places I visit.
I have heard DSLR's are the way to go, however they are much more expensive. I have never used a DSLR before, so I'm tempted to get one and learn, but how hard would it be to hand the camera to a friend to get a good shot of me posing on the great wall? Are DSLR's even better for general purpose shooting or do they just offer more control for those shots where you want to focus on one thing and blur everything else?
I have two other requirements, sports shots and sports movies in low light. 60fps preferred.
I do a lot of youtube guitar videos, and the quality with my cellphone is very bad. I would like to be able to capture the finger movement in lowlight, bedroom conditions without turning things into a a blurry mess.
I do a lot of skiing videos and would like to capture some stills and videos of that as well.
Another option I have been considering is getting a camcorder, a camera, and a GoPro, but that would be more expensive than getting a good camera with video capabilities I think. I also don't need the smash and bash capabilities of the GoPro at the moment.
I'm considering getting this: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Includes-Multivoltage-Batteries-Table-top/dp/B00BJ8XKVS/ref=pd_sim_sbs_p_3. My only reservation is that it's not DSLR, but I don't know if that really means much. How much am I limited by not going DSLR? The only thing I can think of that I want a DSLR for is taking creative and artistic shots like playing with bokeh, which I'm not that interested in if this $200 deal can take "normal" pictures as well as a $600 DSLR. "Normal" meaning everything is in focus stills, video. Cons of this one are the AF apparently is glitchy and the camera is fairly big.
Other possibles I've scouted include:
I am almost sure I am going to get the Panasonic zs30 after looking at image comparisons and features. Is this a good camera for the price $400 or can I do better at this price point?