Best camera for $500?

Started Apr 1, 2011 | Discussions thread
OP jungleexplorer Regular Member • Posts: 369
Re: Best camera for $500?

zackiedawg wrote:

If you don't really need to shoot in low light that often, or when you do you can use a tripod, if you don't intend to frequently shoot indoor sports or flying birds at dusk, and you don't need to make 2-foot by 3-foot prints, you may find a superzoom camera will do just fine for your needs for now.

This statement describes me to a T. If you look at my gallery, you will see that I am an opportunistic nature shooter, not a professional photographer. I would not even say that for me photography even classifies as a main hobby. It's more of a sub-hobby. In other words, it is what I do while I am doing something else. I love taking good pictures of nature, but I will not go somewhere just to take pictures. But this Pentax K-x package below looks temping. What do you all think I should do? Should I stick with the $500 HS20 ultrazoom, or go with the following Pentax package for $650?

Pentax K-x Digital SLR Lens Kit w/ DA L 18-55mm and 55-300mm Lens (Black)

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