Interloper from LS1.com
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
The main deciding factor is what you want to use your camera for.
I have a Sony digital (3.2 megapixel) which is really good for pics of my family, car shows, spur of the moment snappy pics - but it is no good for action stuff, forget trying to get all the action at turn 1 at the motor racing because the auto-focus/processing etc is to slow, you can speed it up by half cocking but still no very good. Also anything that requires zoom more than what you see with naked eye is out as that is all the 3x optical zoom will do, can go to 6x digital but picture quality is compromised.
So I'm actually going to go for a mid range SLR as well with a 75-300mm zoom lens. This is more expensive and requires 2 cameras, unless you go the big bucks at around $5k for a digital SLR body, but is the only solution I can see. Good mid range SLRs can be had quite cheaply like the Canon EOS 300 which has good reviews, EOS 30 is even better but over $1000.