i was trying to stay away from that this actually my first time using a digital camera besides my phone. I do have lots of experience with 35mm though Its my wife's 4 year old point and shoot sanyo x1200. I would like a dslr but man their pricy. I was actually thinking about upgrading to a better p&s like a cannon power shot the sanyo is 12mp and has a macro focus of 5cm the power shot im looking at is 16mp and 1cm macro focus. Any other suggestions I'm relatively on a budget (i don't wanna cut in to my shrimp buying budget lol) What other specs should I be looking for in a p&s camera for the type of picture im trying to take
I think you want something with a bigger sensor that'll spits out better IQ in photos. I'm not too keen on P&S cameras but def get one with manual control and shoots well at higher ISO. If it has a hot shoe mount, that would be even better. That way you can mount a remote flash for properly lit shrimp photos.
Read this regarding Sensors: (courtesy of http://www.photoreview.com.au/guides...-Better-Photos
Although a high-end digicam may offer the same megapixel resolution as a DSLR camera, the individual light-capturing photosites on a DSLR's sensor are usually four to six times larger than those in a digicam's sensor. The DSLR will, therefore, have better imaging capabilities. The diagram below shows just how wide these differences can be.
Even among DSLR cameras, sensor sizes vary and there are three commonly-used sensor sizes, shown in the diagram below.
The larger the image sensor with respect to the number of photosites on it, the higher its potential light-capturing ability. More light gives the camera's image processing system more information to work with. Consequently, the camera can record a wider range of tones and reproduce colours more accurately than a compact digicam. It will also produce sharper and less grainy-looking pictures in dim lighting.
Unlike digicams, which almost universally operate with CCD (charge-coupled device) imagers, the sensors used in DSLR cameras can be one of two types: CCD or CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor). Both types can deliver good picture quality, although CMOS chips offer lower power consumption.
CMOS imagers are favoured by manufacturers of high-end professional cameras because they can be made with more 'camera' functionality on the actual sensor chip. This makes it easier to combine high resolution with superior light-capturing capabilities. These sensors can, therefore, record digital images with a wider range of tones (from highlights to shadows), smoother gradations of colour, more accurate hues and lower image noise.