Canon recently released the EOS Digital Rebel camera, a digital SLR camera targetted at the amateur market. (The previous digital SLR cameras released by Canon have been aimed at the professionals or high-end amateurs.) I own a Canon EOS Rebel G, which was my pride and joy until I went to graduate school and couldn’t afford the film processing required to improve my photography. Now, digital is so much more convenient that I can’t go back, but my point-and-shoot digital camera doesn’t really meet my needs.
The camera, listed at $899, is significantly cheaper than the professional bodies. It’s still quite a bit more than I can drop on a whim, but I just got some late graduation money, so I’m going to start saving my pennies. I doubt if I can get it by Christmas, but maybe by early next year.