The camera I've got right now is pretty pathetic. Some digital point-and-shoot nonsense that always produces pixelated images and doesn't capture anything unless it's bathed in direct sunlight.
What I really want to do with a camera is take pictures of trees and such (from a fair distance), maybe close-ups of leaves or wildlife occasionally, and basically just all-around nature photography. I'd like to be able to use it on days that are cloudy, or in evenings where the sun is waning as well.
I don't really want to spend more than $500 (CAD), so I'm wondering if I can get a very nice camera for that amount, or if I should just hold off for awhile. I want something that I will be using for years, not an 'entry level' camera or whatever. I tend to be pretty sparing with my possessions, so when I want something, I want something that isn't just a toy.
Obviously I'm gunning for something digital, good resolution, and sharp images. I realise the last need will come from a good and still photographer, but the camera I've got right now isn't even capable of taking a good picture on a tripod while timed.
Any photography technique resources you can point me to on the net would be much appreciated too.
So basically... post specific models I might be interested in, tell me about them, and give me some sagely advice please
Thanks and take care :O If there is something I am missing please tell me. I really don't know a whole lot about photography, I'm just jealous of pictures friends send me
PS: Although I say nature photography, and vast landscapes do interest me, priority is a medium distance (couple hundred metres?) type of shot. If there is stuff that can do both, that'd be amazing, but I don't live near mountains so it's not that important.