I've seen DSLRs go for about the same when on sale.SLR cameras (the good/great ones) make awesome images. You can't beat them if the photographer knows what they are doing. With macro lenses you can take pictures of small bugs and make them take up the whole frame with no cropping. If you have an intrest in photography, save up like $400 and get a lowend Digital SLR with a normal lense and a macro lense. I have been useing SLR cameras since I was like 10 years old, it just takes alittle practise to get used to keeping track of all the settings.