Well I did it! I finally bought a new camera. I talked to a wonderful, knowledgeable woman in San Luis Obispo, California at the Photoshop – Peggy (and many people online). She told me not to spend the money on a DSLR after I told her my interests were wildlife, landscape and active children. She had me test the Nikon D5100 DSLR against the Canon SX40 HS. I shot an orange tree across the street from the shop with both. No comparison. The Canon won hands down at half the price. I also viewed pics she had on her MAC of both cameras: nature and wildlife pics. Again, the Canon really stood out. Granted it has it’s downsides compared to the Nikon D5100 I was looking into, but overall I’m very happy with my purchase. Just right for this novice and my current needs. Now I’m ready to roll.
Here it is:
Dimensions (WHD)4.8 x 3.6 x 4.2 inchesWeight (with battery and media) 21.2 ounces
Megapixels, image sensor size, type 12 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS
LCD size, resolution/viewfinder2.7-inch vari-angle LCD, 230K dots/None
Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length)35x, f2.7-5.8, 24-840mm (35mm equivalent)
File format (still/video)JPEG/H.264 AAC (.MOV)
Highest resolution size (still/video)4,000×3,000 pixels/ 1,920×1,080 at 24fps