Originally Posted by lion
Just happened upon this thread and did some reading. I know nothing about cameras. This is what I am using - Canon powershot SX500IS. It gets the job done and has more features than I can use. Is it OK, Medicore or junk. I won't be getting rid of it, just curious. Wayne
I don't think Canon makes much of anything that is junk. Even their inexpensive point and shoot cameras are pretty good. My opening pictures were taken with a $100 Canon point and shoot. See that moon shot....that is where point and shoot and bridge cameras fail.
Your camera is a notch up the scale from mine....you are in the bridge category of cameras. Yours is a camera that fits between the point and shoot....(size wise, cost wise, sensor and lens quality wise, quality of picture wise, etc.) and an enthusiasts/professional mirrorless or DSLR camera.
It all depends on what you want to do with a camera and plenty of photographers carry a point and shoot, a bridge and a full size DSLR. The point and shoot is the Ruger LCP.....no reason to leave home without it on your person in case you run across something that you really wish to capture or video. Of course....phones do this also these days and just as well if not better. Your limitations will be that you can't change lenses, you can't put on a 1.2 35mm really fast lens for taking pictures indoors or late in the evening where you need all the light you can get and you probably can't adjust depth of field, shutter speed, iso, etc. Some effects and some adjustments...yes, but not the type professionals or even enthusiasts require. I would be in the enthusiast category as I have no intention of earning a living with a camera, or selling pictures or being a wedding photographer.
But I won't get there with a $100 camera.
To jump into the enthusiast level I will need to be able to change lenses, make appropriate adjustments to the camera and this means a good mirrorless or DSLR. With a DSLR you are looking through the lens. What the lens is seeing is what you will be seeing. With other cameras including point and shoot, bridge and mirrorless you are looking at a screen depicting what the lens is seeing.....not actually looking through the lens like you would with a rifle scope for example. In a DSLR you are actually looking through the lens but looking at the image on a mirror as part of the sight line.
All of this is rapidly changing though. Some say the smaller mirrorless will kill the larger DSLR cameras. Others say not. When the inauguration was going on I was interested in seeing what the professional photographers were using. Nearly all had more than one expensive camera, most had Canon and most had a $5,000+ body with a $75,000 lens on each one. Oh well, it is what they make their living with.... My bobcats and dump trucks didn't come cheap either.
So you have a very good camera. But it has its limits. It will not compete with cameras where a $100 to $100,000 lens can be attached. I'm finding that most really good enthusiast lenses sell in the $500 to $2,000 range. The more light the lens lets in.....the bigger the glass and the more it costs. 1917