The Canon A80 list price was $400 at the time of its release.
It was top of the line for non DSLR cameras.
Image quality is excellent but can be improved a bit by using software sharpener.
The A80 has all of needed manual controls plus an articulate LCD display.
It also has an optical viewfinder.
Which means you cannot easily find a camera to replace it.
The shortcomings of the A80 (and all non DSLR cameras at that time) is poor low light ability, limited ISO settings and generally limited video ability.
I have a Canon 20D DSLR camera and have not yet found the need of more than 8 MP.
But it lacks 2 things I would like. It has no video and does not have a simple method of cleaning the sensor.
Most newer DSLR have a vibration feature that will shake dust off the sensor. Dust can get on the sensor when you change lenses in a dusty environment.
You are not likely to find any DSLR that will displease you. They all have all of the necessary photographic features plus many features that are not really necessary (gimicks).
DSLR's with full size (35mm) sensors are more desirable but their cost puts them in the pro status.
Most people use the half size sensor DSLRs which is more than adequate and provides very good low light ability.
If you are looking for for a dust/water sealed DSLR you should take a look at the Pentax brand.
Canon and Nikon are the most popular brands. They have the largest selection of lenses.
But never ask which is better because that will start an uproar for sure.
Close-up lenses will have the word "macro" in the specifications.
They can have a ratio of 1:1 which means a postage stamp can completely fill the image.
If you want a lens that multiplies the image, there are very few available.
Most people get into the bellow and tube extenders for that purpose.
Then you can count the hairs on a grasshopper.
Need advice on new camera. Been out of the serious photog scene for too long, and the array of equipment is mind boggling. Here is what I need.
1. Want to take pics to submit to rf stock photo sites, they require from 3-6 mega-pixel minimum. Is anything above that overkill? Is 12MP in a full frame sharper than 12mp in a smaller sensor model.
2. Do a lot of stuff outdoors. How serious is wet or cold weather on cheaper, less well sealed cameras?
3. The only camera I have now is a 4 mp Canon PS A-80. It takes great pics that look pretty nice blown up full screen on my 19 inch monitor. How much sharper are the mid range DSLR's?? I want to do close up work, what is the best set up now-a-days? I used to have a bellows and a dedicated lens with the old Nikon f2 years ago, are todays close up lenses all that is needed???
Obviously I'd love to buy the best available pro camera out there, but that is a lot of money. But I hate the Idea of spenting a thousand bucks and not being happy with what I've got. Looking a some older models, like the canon 20D, only 8 MP but semi-pro according to reviews. Woud I be sorry with "only" 8 MP???? Any advice will be welcomed.