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I have been using a P&S camera (Nikon Coolpix 4600) for about 5 years now. I usually take pictures at family events and at my outdoor trips. I got hooked onto photography once I started getting nice words from people who see those.
I have been reading about terminologies related to cameras (DSLR) and lenses. Though I'm quite happy with my camera, I got really excited once I saw got a chance to use my friends' high-end Canon P&S. I was amazed at how advance P&S's have become.
I would now like to upgrade my camera. My confusion is whether to go for a DSLR or to select a high-end P&S. Since I have already used a Nikon, I'm leaning towards the same brand. I have a budget constraint also. Atleast till I get a pay rise, which will not happen for another year, I do not want to go beyond $450.
I have two models in mind at this point. One is the P100, which is a P&S and fits my budget. The other one is the D3100,which is a DSLR that doesn't fit my budget. But the capabilities of DSLR are luring me towards buying this, stretching my budget a bit. I do not have any contacts at my place where I can trust for getting a used one. I also have apprehensions about maintaining the lenses and the body properly. I live in Chennai, India which is quite humid. It may sound silly but I'm more concerned about the maintanence of the camera and lens.
Should I jump and buy a DSLR or go for a high-end P&S learn the tricks more thoroughly and then do it?