Hi folks,

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a better (read: not phone) camera in the ~$350-or-less range with manual controls.

Should I go for a DSLR like this D3400:

Or stick with something like a G9 X Mark II?

Hard budget because I’ll only use it maybe once-or-twice a week.

I’m a big believer in the whole “only a bad carpenter blames his tools” philosophy - in other words, I’m a cheap bastard - so the less shit I buy, the better. My last stand-alone camera was a Canon PowerShot and I had a lot of fun playing with the different controls.

Taken with a circa-2005 Canon Powershot A520 around 2008.

Size is the driving decision since I plan to throw this in my backpack when I go on a sunset/long hike, but I’m willing to give an inch if the extra controls are worth it.