I'm a new forum user and this is my first post. I'm here to help and be helped.
I am starting to photography and I still have a compact camera that doesn't fit my needs, a Sony W110. I want a better cam, and my budget is around $400~$600 (I'm from Brazil, so make it almost a R$ 1200).
I'm totally undecided between these models:
(notice that I've read thousands of reviews and have seen a billion of photo samples)
Panasonic FZ35/38 (I'm trending towards this one)
Canon S95 (don't like it that much)
To shoot photos for my websites and graphic works (that's what I do for living today) and for simple hobby, since I'm starting to love photography. I work with Photoshop, so I don't care about in-camera resources for editing my photos.
What I need/like:
To shoot low light photos (often)
Long exposure shots (I've bought a tripod)
Zoom shots (not always)
Macro shots (often)
To shoot buildings at day or night
To shoot indoor/outdoor people and stuff
High ISO (low/high number) quality
To shoot self-lightened stuff (lamp-posts, overall lamps, stove fires, ...)
Max. control over all camera settings (focus, f-numbers, exposure, depth of field, ...)
Capturing videos at day or night
Clean images (max. noiseless)
What I dislike/don't need/don't use:
Colour aberrations (RGB fringing)
In-camera editing tools
Weight and size of the camera
Lithium battery or AA or else
Flash (I don't use often)
Changing lenses (maybe in the future I'll buy a camera for that..)
Face recognition, smile recog., etc
Anyway, I'm not sure if those cameras I've chosen to compare are the best to suit my needs, but I really like them, and they're cheaper if compared to a DSLR (which here in Brazil is abusrdly expensive).
Sorry for the long text, it seems like a decree..