Of course I'm going to recommend a Canon...why not try: Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) Digital SLR Kit w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens - The link takes you to B&HPhoto my favorite place to shop for Photography equipment.
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D)is the 6th generation of Canon's popular entry-level DSLR camera series and it improves upon earlier Rebels by incorporating many features that up till now could only be found on Canon's pricier mid-level DSLRs. Among the Rebel T1i's key attributes are . . . Read More »»» Price: $649 + Free Shipping | WOW! (Plus save over $500 when purchased together with other select products!)
Already have a DSLR and looking for a digital camera to carry with you on vacations? Try this one:
Canon's PowerShot S95 Digital Camera puts you in the driver's seat with this Italian sports car of a compact camera--lots of razzle-dazzle, backed up by prodigious engineering. Starting with an impressive 10.1MP sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor; the S95 antes up an f/2.0-4.9 28-105mm (equivalent) zoom lens, an intuitive manual-control ring, and the superbly refined Hybrid IS 2-way image stabilization system. There's a slew of shooting modes to choose from, and RAW + JPEG capability too. The S95 delivers pretty much anything you might wish for in a compact digital camera--and a lot more.
Not only can you capture photos from ISO 80 up to ISO 3200, you can choose the degree of control you want (from total control to total automatic) over exposure, white balance, focus, and much more, from an extensive menu. You can automatically produce High Dynamic Range, panoramic, fisheye, low-light and many more specialized photos with built-in programs.
And you don't have to stop at still photographs: shoot gorgeous 720p HD video with stereo sound for up to 25 minutes--there's even a miniatures effect that blurs the top and bottom of the video frame, giving your subject the appearance of being miniatures.
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