Hi, I'm a student at college taking Art & Photography and I am currently looking for a new camera.

I was wondering which is the better camera between these two? 'Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1MP' OR 'Canon EOS 400D Digital Rebel Xti 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)''

The camera I am looking for I want it to take very close and in good quality Macro images (close up) but I am unsure if it's the camera itself that needs to be a higher mega pixel or if it just needs a longer lens for Macro photos. I was also wondering if the 'Panasonic Lumix' was a good make as the only cameras I know of that are really good are Canon or Sony cameras.

I do like the fact that the 'Panasonic' has the flip out screen ability and it can record videos which I do often. Someone I know is selling the 'Canon EOS 400D Digital Rebel Xti 10.1' for 180 which is a really good price for how much the camera was originally but I'm not sure if it'll do what I want it to.

I hope you can help, many thanks! - Madlilgurl -

Here are the links to them for a photo -

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1MP

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 12.1MP Compact System Camera Kit: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo

Canon EOS 400D Digital Rebel Xti 10.1MP

Amazon.com: Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black Body Only): Camera & Photo

P.S I'm also new to this forum/site so i'm sorry if I've out my question in the wrong place Thankyou