Bridge Camera or DSLR (under £500)

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Found 1st Jul 2010
I have been looking to upgrade from a compact camera for ages now. I've always been thinking I would get a DSLR.

My fiancee used to have a 35mm SLR so is quite competent with cameras. Most of our pictures are while travelling so don't think we're that keen on lugging around multiple lenses. I don't mind spending more for something better, but was hoping someone might have a recommendation. I'd like to spend less than £500.

Should I buy something like the Lumix DMC-FZ38 or splurge for something like the Canon EOS 500D DSLR? The thing I like about the Lumix is that it is small, light and no need to carry around a couple of lenses. But I don't want to be disappointed and feel like I need to upgrade my camera in a couple of years again.

Please help! Thank you.


I've been looking at the Olympus SP-590UZ which seems to have had a lot of favourable comments recently since launch. I can't comment on the Canon, but know that there's quite a few group tests of the Olympus and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 on a few websites that I've googled...

I've had a similar problem, so know where you coming from on this about being disappointed about a potential purchase..

I have a Canon 20d, had a 60mm macro lens mounted to it for nearly a year now, I love it

i'm very happy with my canon sx1-is (bridge) camera. it does everything i need for family pics and doubles as a good camcorder. yeah its good not having too much stuff to lug about though i'd recommend an external flash for indoor / low light shots.

i may upgrade at some point to a dslr but i'm not in any rush. i guess your choice depends a lot on what you'll use it for.

Have a look at the sony a-series D-SLRs

Original Poster

Thanks for the help guys! Still undecided but will report once I get something.

Original Poster

Ended up going for the FZ38. With the low price and rechargable battery it seemed like an easy decision. Now just need to source out a small case.
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