Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera
After taking a bazillion artsy-type pictures with my old Canon point-and-shoot digital camera, I decided it was time to invest in a real camera (that'd be an SLR to you technical folk). Now, from what I remember of photography class, F-stops and apertures were confusing, and I'm not great at getting pictures really focused, so rather than drop an insane amount of money on a camera I might not like using, I chose one a little further down the price-point chain... and I'm thrilled with it. I try to learn a few new features or techniques whenever I use it, but honestly, my #1 reason for loving this camera is that I'm a klutz and when I dropped, zoom lens attached and its regular lens down a rocky hillside, and it tumbled in what must have been slow-motion for, I don't know, at least 30-seconds, the exterior barely got scratched (only the lens hood) and it works perfectly still. It's not a Timex, but it does take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.