I really like the reviews on this site, I have been researching a few cameras and this is the first place I've found that gives practical reviews and compares it to other models. Really great for those of us trying to work out what to buy.
I'm trying to decide between an entry level DSLR and a high end all-in-one. I really want a camera with good zoom and wide capabilities, fairly light weight so I can carry it hiking and travelling and delivers great quality shots. Our current camera Cybershot DSC W1 just isn't cutting it.
So I'm looking at:
Canon 400D plus a telephoto 300mm zoom
(The Nikon is too heavy and low on features IMO)
The benefits of the all-in-ones is the lower weight, lower cost and a bit simpler for the other half to operate. The Panasonic is ahead because of the OIS, but AFAIK it's wide shots aren't great.
On the other hand the DSLRs give great wide and zoom by changing lenses, picture quality is great and noise at higher ISO is lower. But price is higher, carrying and changing lenses is a bit of a pain and the Sony is getting a bit too heavy to lug around, especially for the other half.
Our previous photos have suffered a lot from shakey hands, so IS is of big interest, I know the Sony has it built in, but the Canon is going to cost big $$$ to get it. Meanwhile the Panasonic has all the features at a far lower price.
Should I be concentrating on IS so much? Or is a DSLR with lower noise at higher ISO just as good, ie. I can shoot with higher shutter speeds and higher ISO to make up for lack of IS? If I can live without IS the Canon is ahead on my list, I can always invest in an IS lens down the track if I need it.
In any case, can't wait to see your review of the DMC-FZ50. A comparison to the entry level DSLRs would be good.