looking for a new camera and decidng is annoying me, my kodak is pretty dead all i get is noise, yay, not. and i need something with a good sensor nice and durable and a good to shoot camera. what do i go for?
even comparing it the the D3100 it seems to have the upper hand for what i want, (apart from noise reduction but over 700 ISO is good enough, it's better than the bundle of noise i get at 80 (yes 80!) ISO with my kodak.) and the shooting speed is faster too.
oh and by the way I guarentee with a dslr your shooting ISO will rarely exceed 200 unless your using it in full manual mode where you have to control the exposure length ( shutter speed ) f stop and exposure compensation then during daylight you may bump your iso up to 400 - 600 or if your shooting black an white then you can go upto 1500 - 3000 but these days black and white photography is best sorted in post reduction.
Hence the comment rarely exceed and exception of going into manual mode. And from what I gather Z is an entry level photographer and will be some time before this kind of stuff gets touched on. However to the point of progressing then yes you should learn this stuff from the beginning and the point was camera not going over 700 iso which does seem very low for a dslr but really dont think at the price range it should be the deciding factor. especially with the amount of post production applications available more so if you shoot in raw. Yes I totally agree with things like stopping motion, the use of flash guns and telephoto big lenses if this is what your looking to go for then you should go for the best specked camera your money can buy because you will want to progress more and get into the advanced stuff. But if you just using a kit lens and going for the point and shoot approach I dont even think the auto modes adjust the iso and will probably be set at 200 or 400. Also a point is a higher spec camera does not necessarily mean it is a better camera when I was deciding which route to go down when I started between Canon and Nikon on paper the canon was a better camera slightly cheaper but the image quality was not the same as the Nikon I prefer the nikon look and the way it handled. However many people will disagree and say canon are better. but they both have pros and cons.