Photography has been a hobby of mine for a few years. I bought this camera a while back at a garage sale for $100, and although I've had the means to upgrade the body, I've really only been spending money on lenses. I absolutely love this thing. It takes some really fantastic pictures as long as you know what your doing. The auto mode leaves a little to be desired but as long as you run it in one of the manual settings the pictures are really nice. I'll put some examples of what I've done with it as well. The only things that might want you to upgrade are that it can't take video and the max ISO is 1600.
some examples, if your looking for a nice camera to start with and don't want to break the bank, this is a great place to start. Just keep in mind it does not take video.