Remember when it was common to drop AU$1,000 on a nice digital point-and-shoot? These days, for around the same outlay, you can pick up a digital SLR camera.
These aren't professional models or the very best that current technology has to offer, but for the photo enthusiast on a budget — or even the avid family photographer — they can be a big leap forward.
With larger sensors and generally faster performance than snapshot models offer, these cameras provide plenty of tools to photographers who prefer a camera with more than one button. And if you save your pennies, you can increase their flexibility and image quality in the future with additional lens and accessory purchases.