Need help buying a camera
Hopefully there are some photographers on here who can help me out. I'm looking to buy a new digital camera for my girlfriend. She has always had just a crappy point and shoot, and it recently took a swim on her trip to Costa Rica. She is always talking about getting a nicer camera but I'm not quite sure she will be able to take full advantage of a dSLR, which seems like it would be a waste of money if that is the case. I have been looking at some bridge cameras, which have had mixed reviews.
Does anyone have any experience with these? She likes to take close ups of flowers in our garden, but also likes to take pictures when out hiking. This is where I think the super zoom of the bridge cameras will come in handy. I was looking at the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, but the zoom almost seems like overkill and I was reading that it wasn't the greatest performer in low light. I also came across the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 which doesn't have quite the zoom capabilities of the Canon, but reviews said it performs well in low light and keeps the F2.8 aperture through the entire zoom (which I think is good). I was also looking at the Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR.
I'd appreciate any help you guys could give me, or recommendations on other cameras that you think would fit the bill. It will basically be used for macros, nature shots and pictures of family and friends. Thanks!