This a very difficult question to answer. Asking yourself a few question first. The first and probably the most important question to ask yourself is "What is my budget?" After you have decided how much money you want to spend on your camera, now it comes to the question of what is the camera for. There are 4 questions to ask yourself:
- What do I want to photograph?
This is an important question. A point and shoot camera is great with parties or for just some casual snapshots. For those that want to get intimate, close-up shots to capture such as sceneries, SLR should be considered
- Who will use the camera?
Are you the only one that will use the camera? If not then you will keep in mind the needs of other users in term of both camera capabilities and simplicity to use. How many times you have to waste time to explain on how to use a camera before asking someone to take your picture?
- Am I more interested in technique or creativity?
The basics of photographic technique are applicable to all cameras and as such even a cheap compact will offer some practice opportunity.Regarding creativity, of course, a point and shoot camera can be used creatively through your choice of subjects, but if you want to maximise your creative control over images produced you need to consider a fully manual 35 mm SLR. On the other hand, if the creativity comes later, as a computer is used to edit the pcitures, then consider going for digital from the beginning.
- What will I do with the images produced?
Email them to friends and family = digital
To be hung on the wall in form of huge print = a 35 mm SLR
Document daily life = point and shoot