Link 1: Recommended camera.
Link 2: What I found on newegg with high recommendations and strong features.
Alright, I very little knowledge of cameras.
I'm aware that megapixels aren't everything, that's about it.
Here's where I stand.
I deliver newspapers to businesses from around 1am to 6am in Maryland, and during the night I keep seeing things I wish I could photograph. Headed back through some woods and a bunch of deer are crossing the road slowly, someone being a nutt, all the way to closed off stores swarming with police cars. Obviously my cellphone camera isn't cutting it. Since I'm working, and the camera would be stowed in the front of the vehicle somewhere easy to get to, I would almost always be taking pictures from the passenger side of a parked van with the engine running. Image Stabilization is a plus. Average distance, I need to take pictures from say, the shoulder of a three lane road, to a storefront off the road. Lighting will vary greatly, but sources will usually be strong or absent like past street lights and police lights in the dead of night with clarity to recognize a face, or into the dark woods with almost no light, or perhaps flooded with light from my headlights with clarity to easily view an animal.
I'd wanted a digital camera anyway, but instead of getting a cheap one, I figured I may as well save and wait a bit longer to get something I could keep handy in the van and use at night as well. My 'ideal' budget would be under a grand. I could save this up in time, but I want to do this well and would rather save up what it takes and wait longer, then get poor results now. I was however, recommended this camera:
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/ [...] elid=16336.
If that'll do what I'm asking, I'd love to spend 200 instead of 1,000!
Though I'm skeptical.
Failing that, I was looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6830120070
For daytime/regular, then getting a special lens to swap for longer distance night work?
Was thinking that would at least break up the price tag into two parts, too.
Is this what it would take to do what I want to?
If so, what lens would be recommended for it?
Any input would be helpful.
I will troll the thread until time for work, feel free to ask questions and I'll respond.