I've started getting back into photography recently so I'm looking for a new camera for larger prints. I can't really decide though.
I would like a camera that allows me to adjust my zoom and focus manually, but I have no interest in fiddling with things like exposure rate etc. I would mainly use it for larger prints, ie 20" by 30".
I have used my friends SLR camera for larger prints up until now, because my compact one is 3 years old and only 4MP. The SLR I've been using is a few years old as well but is 7MP, so the quality is noticably better when blowing prints up to that size.
Does anyone of you have any experience in using a compact high res camera (12MP and upwards) for printing large pictures? Did the prints work out ok? Are the pictures sharp?
Although SLR's with dials are easier to use, I don't see the need in forking out £500 if a compact one will do the job I want it to do...