| Glock wrote:|
That's really good advice and it makes sense on what you are advising to look for.
These are the cameras I have been looking at the so far, as it falls well with in my budget.
Panasonic FZ 200
Are the mirrorless cameras worth the extra money, I'm prepared to save a bit more. If it means buying properly the first time. I don't want to buy twice.
Out of these, for taking telephoto pictures, the FZ-200 easily outclasses the other two.
Whether the mirrorless cameras are worth the extra money is a pretty personal choice. I like photography and it is a pretty serious hobby for me, so a system camera makes sense. I had a DSLR system before, but I sold off all my lenses and switched to mirrorless. It gives me the same capability in a smaller package. However, for an allround system, you are still looking at a much larger kit, than you would with an all-in-one.
For example, to cover the same focal length range that you get with the FZ-200, you would need a mirrorless body and a minimum of two or three lenses. Overall cost of that system will approach $2k. Briefly looking at prices on Amazon, here is the least expensive way (I think) to get an equivalent focal length range:
Panasonic GX-1 body on closeout: $280
Panasonic 100-300mm lens: $500
Panasonic 45-150 lens: $210
Panasonic 14-45 lens: $300
I can probably find some other lens combinations, but this is pretty representative.
That adds up to about $1300. Add another $200-$300 for a camera bag, spare battery and a few filters and you have a very complete system for well below $2k. That is an amazing deal from a photography standpoint and the only thing really missing is a proper portrait lens, which might not be that important for you.
You will be getting a lot of capability for that money and it is a good deal, but it is still a lot of money. Plus you have to be willing to drag all the extra pieces with you, change lenses depending on the situation, etc.
Honestly, if I was already humping a bunch of gear with me, I would probably buy the FZ-200 and be done with it. Electronics advance so quickly these days, that they become obsolete in a couple of years anyway. FZ-200 will keep you taking pictures with minimal fuss for quite some time.