Link to lesrning use of dslr. finally broke down and purchased a DSLR camera. Check out which one I chose and some great resources for learning how to use it. Also, post below which DSLR camera you use.
CP+ 2015 – Les Nikon Coolpix S9900, S9700, AW130, S33
Nikon COOLPIX 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full HD Video [This one is older, but we absolutely LOVE the long zoom for bird photos; easy to use and excellent quality] New model is
More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.