So im looking for a new family camera which i can use for a photography class too, and have narrowed it down to a few options. although right now i dont know a whole lot about manual settings, I will be learning it through the class so i need a camera that has a little more options than just a point and shoot, hopefully relatively close what an entry level dslr has. the camera cannot be over 400 though, so I've been looking at some larger cameras in that price range. Video quality is also relatively important because i will be filming and have taken collage classes for editing so i will be able to put that to good use, just not as much as photography because thats what the family needs and what im taking classes for now.
Here are my two options so far, the Nikon P100:
And the Lumix FZ100:
The Lumix seems like an upgraded version of the nikon, with RAW files, manual focus, 60fps instead of 30fps, and 14 megapixels. It will run me about 375 instead of 300, so i guess i need to figure out if it would be worth the extra dough. the zoom is also important and im sure it will come in handy, but if there are other cameras with less zoom and better features than these two for the price i would love to see it. thanks for any help ns, i know there are a lot of dumb which camera threads but this is what I've come to.