Here is the problem:
In case you didn't spot it, here is the problem a little closer:
Although bearable on a lot of brighter shots, the line does look even more pronounced on images taken inside or darker night images and this really spoils the photos. It's true that I could just edit each picture by filling in the missing pixels, however with the quantity I end up taking it wouldn't really be practical to do regularly. I've narrowed it down to being an internal problem with the camera so sadly there is no simple solution.
Any opinions would be much appreciated... I've narrowed down my main options to be the following:
1) Try and get my current Canon Powershot SX110 IS (a Fully Manual Point and Shoot camera) repaired - The problem here being that it might cost the best part of a new camera anyway since it's out of warranty and you can get a new one from about £130)
2) Take the plunge and dip into savings to buy a Digital SLR - I'm very tempted by this option but am not sure if I can justify spending the sort of money required.
3) Buy a new version of my current camera.
4) Some alternative option of buying another camera that I don't know about yet.
I generally like to have a camera on me at all times, I will likely keep carrying my current one on me anyway since it's already damaged (just for those opportune moments) but having a camera that can take photos without a big line through it is required for those treasured memories the rest of the time (such as for travelling and special occasions).
Whatever I end up doing, I need (strong word I know, I suppose 'want' is the reality but it feels like a need) a camera that is fully manual. At the moment, if I do get a new one, I kinda find myself leaning heavily towards investing in something a little better - to a lot better - such as a camera that has a wide angle lens. I grown to love taking photos and I'd like to continue to develop being able to take them
I've been reading lots of reviews on review sites like whatdigitalcamera.com and I think my main issue is going to be price. I reckon the absolute limit I could stretch to would be £400 and even that would be breaking the bank. So if it is a new camera it would be a bottom end DSLR but it could otherwise be a very good bridge camera. With that in mind, since last time I was camera shopping, there is now this 'Micro Four Thirds' technology which has cut out the mirrors (providing the manual view finder of a DSLR) and creating what they're calling a Hybrid camera - lol, it was a hard enough choice last time and now there is even more... *eek*.
Any advice would be awesome and even better, if anyone knows of any hard to pass up special offers I would be very, very grateful :) Also, what do you all use and would you recommend your camera?