I am copy and pasting from another thread.... Need to order soon, getting this here by Christmas is a MUST.
Why a point and shoot over an entry level dSLR?
It is for my in-laws. I assume they will never use the dSLR outside of the green box catch everything auto mode.
You can get a Canon Xt with the 18-55 for “close” to the same cost as a Canon S3 of Canon S5. The in-laws already have a SLR bag, they had a Pentax SLR as a camera before it bit the dust(used as a P&S), so I would have to worry about getting a bag.
I have no idea what a good point and shoot is.
Have been put in charge of getting a camera for them and am VERY open to suggestions. Need to order soon, shipping time is running out.
Thanks in advance…..
Seems that better P&S cameras are not much smaller than a 350D..... Obviously the dSLR is not going in a purse.....and the P&S could. I will find out if this should be a major consideration.....it may very well be.
Big advantage I see is shutter lag, though admittedly I am not sure that has not been addressed sufficiently by the current better P&S cameras. There was NOTHING more frustrating in my old P&S digital days than missing a ton of shots of the kids due to shutter lag.
Is there any advantage to a P&S over a dSLR other than size and relative cost? Again assuming you are using the 18-55 exclusively? I guess having no IS would be one..... I would not bump the budget to IS lens range.