The single, one and only thing I requested for Christmas this year was money to buy a nice camera. I'm sick of taking blurry pictures of a toddler and a puppy. A couple of people have asked what kind of camera I got, so here's the scoop...
My cousin by marriage is a professional photographer and my neighbor is an amateur, but very good photographer, and they both recommended the Canon Rebel. I was leaning towards the Nikon D, which is probably a great camera too, but they both suggested I pick the Rebel.
My neighbor gave me a great site to buy the camera. Their prices are great and shipping is free: B&H Photo. He suggested I go with either the 10.1 megapixel Rebel, or the 12.2 megapixel model. I went for the 10.1 model because it's $484 vs. $589 and the only main difference is how large you can blow up the pics to print out. He also suggested I get the camera bag, the memory card, the rechargeable battery and the UV protector filter.
I also want to purchase an additional lens, but I'm going to have to save my pennies up to spend a couple hundred more on this hobby!