Re: Sony DSC Hxx
My immediate thoughts would be the Canon 450D, Canon 1000D, Nikon D90, Nikon D60, there are other brands too which are just as reputable. These are the smaller cameras. Whichever one you get the camera body is important in the short term but the lenses are important in the long term. Lenses are a big investment so you want a system that will grow with you. Canon and Nikon probably have the biggest choice of lenses and you can upgrade later to a better body and still be able to use your lenses.
I personally opted for a Canon 40D rather than the smaller cameras as it felt better in my hand.
Canon 40D, PS and Corel Painter
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