I've recently started traveling. and I just got done with Europe, and I'm currently in South America. I have a cheapo digital camera that I have been taking with me everywhere I go. I like it, but as I look at the pictures that I have been taking, I've realized that the camera really doesnt due the scenery justice. I don't know a lot about cameras, but photography is something that I have always had an interest in. I'm looking for a way better camera, nothing to complicated or fragile. price really isnt to big of an issue, i guess my limit would be about 600 U.S. dollars.. just looking for opinions, so I can finally take decent pictures of South AM.
I would highly recommend getting a DSLR but you should invest more of your money in a good lens than in a good camera. If you have the best DSLR but a really crappy lens you just won't get good pictures. On the other hand, if you have the lowest level DSLR but a great lens then you will be much more likely to get great shots. Unfortunately, looking out on the US version of Amazon.com, I am unable to come up with any recommendations for new DSLRs with lenses in your price range.
If you want to step up t a better point and shoot camera there are chances to step up within your price range. For instance the Canon SX10IS is about $360 right now and gives you a huge zoom range and some manual control. here's a link: Canon SX10IS
Or the Canon G10 (which I always highly recommend is presently runnig for $470. Here's a link Canon G10
Those are some thoughts. Ask any questions and I'll see what I can do to answer.