You need not fear the complexity of a DSLR. A Nikon D40(x) is a very good example of easy to use features. Let me assure you: even with my D80 I almost always use fully automatic. And the good thing: It almost always is right with the exposure, white-balance etc.
So to repeat it: With a DSLR it is (1) switch on (2) point (3) shoot
The major differences to super-zooms like the Panasonic FZ-50 are:
- less noise with darker subjects
- If you want to have image stabilization (very important!) plus a 10x super-zoom you have to invest at least (!) double that of the Pana.
- The DSLR+Super-zoom is bulkier than the Pana
The finer points are:
- DSLRs have a real optical view-finder. Look through the D80-viewfinder in comparison to the Pana to make an educated decision (beware: some people never go back to LCD-viewfinders after a look through the real thing)
- DSLRs tend to star up faster (1 or 2 seconds)
So you have to invest a considerable amount of money and carry more weight around to get that extra image quality that the pros need.
Other than that the Pana "remains one of the best super-zooms around and is available at a compelling price" (quote Gordon)
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