I was wondering if anyone would be able to give some advise on which camera to get?
My current camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7) now unfortunately needs replacing.
I am looking to by a replacement and am not sure whether to stick with a good compact model or upgrade to something like a DSLR or Bridge camera.
I want to be able to take good photos and my current camera has provided me pretty well, but one thing I'd really be able to do (when we rarely get any thunderstorms!) is take some decent/good quality pictures of lightning. Does anyone have experience of this kind of thing and would I need a DSLR to set the shutter speed and everything correctly, or would it be possible to do it with a good compact like the one I had, that has some manual control for shutter speed, Aperture and exposure, and also has a 'starry sky' scene mode that can leave the shutter open for 15,30, or 45 seconds.
I tried to take some photos of lightning a couple times but on the couple with a bit of lightning in them, it appears a bit faint/transparent looking. The thunderstorms caught me out slightly though so I didn't have time to fiddle about with the settings in the dark.
DSLR's would probably be a step up for me but I like to take good pictures of landscapes, close ups, and weather. My budget is quite low so I would not be able to buy any of the more expensive makes and many lens kits etc. If I need a £500+ camera plus extras I may have to make do without good lightning shots, and if a good compact was capable of decent lightning shots I'd probably stick with that.
Edited by Stormmad26, 21 July 2012 - 17:51 .