So first, I have to be honest with you. I am still in High School and by no means do I have enough money to buy a camera by myself. Right now, I am stuck in a very strange situation. I have used my dad's manual AV-1 camera for the last 6 months, and have really liked the process of framing every shot, which was much better than how my old A540 was used. Unfortunately, the A540 was dropped in Maine, and it broke. We need a digital camera, and my parents(specifically my mom) said that they would prefer to buy a P&S, because they would know how to use it, and because it is cheaper. My parents generally care more about price than function(I prefer the latter), and they think DSLRs are too large and bulky.In fact, they even disapproved of my purchase of >$100 "lofi" headphones. In any case, I want to buy a DSLR, but they want to P&S. I understand that I should respect their wishes, because they are paying for it, and they understand the value of money more than I do. However, I really want a DSLR because of the joy of framing every shot, and the simple fact is, I will be using it the most. They would allow me to buy a D40 used from KEH(for $350)
Here's what I am thinking:
The D40 really is not that large. It is quite "affordable", but of course this is relative because I do not have a job. Even if I purchased the DSLR, my parents probably would not approve of my purchase of new lenses, an essential part of the DSLR experience. I would love compromising on the micro 4/3s system, but that is even more expensive than the D40, and sacrifices the viewfinder. With a P&S, I would not be able to frame the shot with a 1:1 viewfinder (for lack of a better term), or the joy of manual focus. I really do not know what to say. With a P&S, I would still have a camera, have approval, and still take pictures, at the sacrifice of the photography experience. Of course, I could always wait until I have my own job to buy a DSLR. I hope that Head-fiers will be able to help me make the best decision.
If it is a P&S, then I would appreciate help in choosing a >$300, relatively decent model. Thanks again.