Digital SLR cameras are a great device. For the avid photographer they offer a wide range of options for controlling the final photo. The camera pictured was my first digital camera. It was a Canon Powershot G3 and cost around $1000 to purchase a couple of years ago. At that time it was the top of the range 4MP non SLR camera.
I have since purchased a Canon EOS 350D digital SLR. It came with two lens, a 18 - 55mm wide angle lens and a 100 - 300mm telephoto lens. It has a resolution of 8MP and the whole package cost around $1500 - what a drop in prices in just two years.
The different effects that can be achieved by using the miriad of controls are endless. The ability to take many shots of the same subject with slightly different settings can lead to some very interesting photo options. The fantastic feature of digital cameras is the ability to store hundreds of shots on a disc and discard those not wanted. There is no cost for developing and you only need print those that you want.
Adding to this flexibility is the ability to manipulate the images using software designed for this purpose. Many different effects can be achieved in addition to those that are available via the camera itself . Photos can be cropped, touched up, turned into oil paintings to name a few. The fun that can be had and the effects that can be achieved are mind blowing.