A very intimidating subject to be sure. I’ve read many of the explanations, marketing tricks, etc. (most of which I don’t understand) but am still in the same place. What should my next camera be. In my younger days when the kids were growing up I always owned Nikon. In fact, I bought the F3 in Japan before it was even sold in the U.S. Most of what I learned then I’ve long since forgotten. I just want a camera (no matter who makes it) that will take good pics of the grandkids - be it in a school play, a family gathering or a vacation now and then.
Last year I bought the Nikon CoolPix L100 and have never been so disappointed in a camera in my life. Half the pictures or more are unusable. The autofocus feature seems to be so slow that many of them are out of focus so obviously my next camera has to be better in that area but I don’t even know what specification to look for to be assured the next one will be any better. I need good quality in low light for the kids plays at school and reasonably fast shutter speed for when their playing outside. The other thing I hate about this camera (and a must for my next one) is a view finder. This camera is worthless in sunlight. The zoom on this one is x15 which is a nice feature I’d like to stay with if possible or something close to it unless there’s a compelling reason not to.
And then, of course, there are always price considerations. I would like to stay under the $500 range if it all possible.
Will someone please - JUST TELL ME WHAT TO BUY!!