and I have no idea where to start. There are just so many options. I can't afford a real professional camera, my limit would be $1500 but ideally below $1000.
I currently have a Fuji Finepix S5600, which at the time of purchase (2006) was state of the art and expensive, but is now terribly out dated because it is only 5 megapixels. I'm starting to feel it lets me down on image quality on occasions and I need a stronger flash for night shots (a giant professional flash thing is defiantly needed for taking street photos at events) plus some different lenses would be good too. I wish I knew more about the technology and who makes the best lenses and what not but all my photography education was with film camera's and I kinda didn't pay attention to the techy stuff...oops.
I bought this Sony Cybershot which is 7.2 megapixles back in April and I am reasonably happy with it, there are a few things that annoy me about it (it takes forever to upload the photos to a computer, longer than any digital camera I have ever had before) but mostly it is fine and takes great photos. I don't use this when I'm doing street photos though as it doesn't look professional at all but its great if I do see someone cool when I'm out shopping or something.
So I am kinda torn between getting a new professional camera or going to Tokyo in January. I am leaning towards going to Tokyo and getting a new camera some time next year, but I'm not sure if I can wait that long I really want to start taking amazing photos now.
If anyone has any info about cameras or any tips that would be great. Camera's are cheaper in Japan so I might just buy one over there if I save up enough spending money in time and find which one I am after...but I am worried about the warranty being for in Japan only and the instruction book in Japanese.