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I'm starting to learn how to shoot. Up until now I've only used point-and-shoot cameras mostly on automatic settings. My view is there are basically three classes of cameras sold by the major manufacturers:
- Point-and-shoot: for those who want nothing to do with photography
- Advanced: (Canon's G series, or Panasonic's LX) - some settings, but not complete flexibility
- SLR: The "real deal"
My question is, if I want to learn how to shoot good photographs, can I start with a camera from the 2nd category, instead of an SLR? There are still options for manually setting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed on those models, I just don't understand how lacking they are and if they would hinder my learning.