Despite the fact that you've been using SLR camera, I think that DSLR will fulfill your requirements, especially for photo enlargement and shutter lag. The DSLR does work as good as the film SLR. Personally, I don't consider Sony a good camera. Nikon and Canon has built far much better camera, in many regards. The quality of picture taken by DSLR is far much better than that of compact digital compact camera. If you've been using either Canon or Nikon for the past 10 years, most Canon and Nikon lenses are reapplicable to your new DSLR camera.
Consider your enlargement, I don't suggest anything lower than 7.2 Megapixel ( consider 300 x 300 dpi resolution ). Currently, most DSLR now goes for 8 Megapixel. And you'll definitely need at least 1GB compact flash memory, unless you carry a labtop around. X-drive ( compact storage ) is another alternative for that. I've been using my SLR film camera for nearly 2 decades and still love it. In many circumstances, such as low light condition, the old Canon EOS 5 SLR still outperforms my new Canon 20D. As the matter of fact, the film camera represents the DSLR camera at the resolution around 22-23 megapixel. So, keep your old film camera, just in case you may need it !
Any way, good luck.
Please HELP! I cannot make up my mind about which digital camera to purchase. I know that I want to get at least a 5.0 megapixel. I have been looking a lot at Canons and Sonys.
I bought a Sony DSC-W1 at Circuit City tonight but after reading some of the reviews here tonight I don't even dare open the box.
Can anyone please give me some feedback on what are the best buys out there? I will be using the camera with my family...especially capturing moments with my 2 small children (2 and 6 months). I would like to get a camera that doesn't have a very long shutter lag as little ones move very fast. However I don't want to sacrifice photo quality. Photo quality is extremely important to me. I do plan on enlarging some photos, mostly around the 8x10 range, but maybe as high as 11x14. Also, I am somewhat of a photo enthusiast (I love my SLR) and like the idea of being able to choose aperature or shutter speed settings.
I have tried to do research on my own but just can't seem to find THE camera....any suggestions are appreciated.