After evaluating my photos from Berlin and knowing that I'll be visiting Beekse Bergen again next month (and hopefully Namibia next year - keeping my fingers crossed), I've discovered that the 5 Megapixel camera on my phone with only digital zoom is just not cutting it. Yeah, duh, I know. Photos without zoom are quite nice and crisp, but as soon as I start zooming in, things get blurry and hazy.
Sooooo.... I'm looking for a nice camera, but I have next to no knowledge about the whole camera market. I suppose (but feel free to correct me) that I *don't* want a compact camera but a decent Single-lens reflex camera (Dutch: Spiegelreflexcamera). One that does shoot digital pics onto a memory card, but offers good optical zoom (extra digital zoom is OK, but no requisite). I've heard that the Canon EOS range has nice stuff, that the Nikon D70 is good, and I've seen promotions for the new Sony Alpha camera. But which one has a good price/quality level? Are there any nice cameras on sale now at Media Markt or other stores? (There's www.speedtronic.nl right here in Leiden). How about getting a second hand camera from ebay or marktplaats?
So, gimme tips, gimme advice, get me a good camera for shooting animals, landscapes, architecture. If it has a nice auto-stitch function for panorama-pictures, that's an added plus. Budget? Enough, but no astronomical top of the line prices please ;)