Alright, the background. Forever ago, my camera was a tough little Olympus Stylus 600. It did its duty with snapshots and the like. And it’s an all-weather camera so I never had to worry about getting it out in the rain. When TheHolsterSite was born, it even spent some time trying its best to take nice shots. And it was passable.
But oh the noise! And the hot spots.
Or with the more colorful options, we’ve got washed out or distorted. Clearly, it was time for a change. Enter the Nikon Coolpix P80.
Serious game changer. Sure, it’s still just a Honda Civic, but it’s got a stick shift. And it can take some pictures.
Yeah, you’ve seen that holster.
And how about the one that will be featured on March 16th on ABC’s In Plain Sight?
So yeah, it rocks and I love it. But I’m starting to hit its limitations. The P80 has a simpler (dumbed down) version of the controls of a real life Nikon DSLR, so I am very strongly leaning in the Nikon direction so as not to restart my learning curve. I figure that the pictures will have that kind of quality jump again once I upgrade to better hardware.
So, I am looking at the Nikon D3100 unless someone can convince me that the Nikon D5100 is really worth $200 more. (Yes, it does much better video and has better sound options, but I don’t use those things much.) As far as I can tell, the 5100 does everything the 3100 does and then some.
So, what say you, internet experts?
Updated for clarity: Yes, I know-better light=better picture. Hence why I’ve been able to get really awesome shots with the P80. I’ve also maxed out what I can do with the P80. I’m leaning towards the D3100 so I can invest the price difference towards a better lens. Also, I need options for off-camera flash for when I can’t set up my…er…creative backyard studio (canvas panels and a portable projector screen). I’ve reached the point where I need the hardware upgrade and that’s what I’m asking to be schooled on. Thank you for your help so far.