Canon Powershot SX10 IS — playing with the zoom

Today I played around with the zoom on my Canon SX10.  Here are some of the results:

100mm F5.7 1/500s ISO200 Auto Metering: Pattern WB: Auto
This was taken at the maximum optical resolution of 20x (560mm equivalent) with no digital zoom.  To give you an idea, this guinea fowl were about 200 meter from where I took the photo.  Not bad at all.

This is the same quinea fowl as above and the photo was taken from exactly the same spot.  Only difference was that I added 2.28x digital zoom to it.  That is about 1276mm equivalent.

100mm F5.7 1/500s ISO200 Auto Metering: Pattern WB: Auto
To be honest, I was very surprised at the quality of the digital.  One read and hear so much about how useless digital zoom is, but from the above it sure has its uses when one needs to get in closer to your subject.

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Time to buy a new camera!!

For a while now I have been contemplating buying a new Digital Camera.  The question was first whether I should buy a Point and Shoot or a DSLR.  I eventually decided, if I am going to buy then I can just as well do a good job of it so settled for DSLR. The next thing to do was what DSLR having decided that it will be a Canon.  I was between a 400D and a 450D and then the 1000D  made its appearance.

Read more about the camera here.

I have heard good things about the camera and from the 3 (400D, 450D and 1000D), it seems to be the best value for money.  Anybody has any different ideas about it or why I should not buy it?  Also if you know of any place that has the best price for it then please let me know.