For those of you who are in the market for a new camera, there are plenty that have hit the market at great prices.
The thing is, you'll have to get past the idea of needing to have a DSLR, they are big and heavy, their image quality is no better than the new mirrorless cameras to hit the market. The sensor sizes on both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are the same. APS-C size sensors.
In My Opinion the main elements on a camera that are important are:
the sensor size
the focus speed
and of course the size and weight.
People have also said that a view finder is important to them, so most of these cameras have viewfinders.
Sony have brought out some great cameras with large APS-C size sensors, the A5000 (No viewfinder), A6000, A7. The A6000 has a viewfinder and is $800 with a lens, for the quality of the camera that is amazing value. The A6000 replaces the NEX-6 which you can get for a great price at the moment.
The A7 is full frame and is about $1750, but that is more for pros.
For my money the Sony A6000 is the camera to buy at the moment, in fact I am going to buy one for weekends and travel photography.
Here is a link: http://www.sony.com.au/product/ilce-6000
Olympus have just brought out the E-M10, great little camera, although the sensor is a bit smaller, but large enough to enlarge prints to A3, below is the weblink. Its about $750 - $1000.
Fujifilm - X-E2 Great camera about a $1000
X-M1 (no viewfinder) $650ish
So there you go, if you are interested in photography buy the Sony A6000 supposedly has the fastest focus speed around, large sensor, its small, and a view finder, it focuses during movie mode as well.
If you want to spend $800 on a camera, why would you not buy this one? You'll have to wait a week or so as the A6000 is only hitting the stores now.
I still love my little Sony RX 100, small camera large sensor, no viewfinder. The RX100 MK11 has a tilt screen on the back, but it is a fixed lens camera, great for putting in your pocket.
PS: if you have any questions