You can get a Nikon D40x body for $650 from B&H (I'm sure Canon has something similar) Look around and you can probably find a used kit lens for dirt cheap. It would not be a low light wonder but would be a relatively cheap way to start into taking pics. You will probably end up spending $800 to enter into the DSLR world. If you choose to stay you will probably spend a lot more. But it is worth it.