I've been searching through the internet and also going through this forum for info and it's driving me nuts! It used to be (well, my crude understanding anyway) that there were compacts and there were the DSLRs, and that's it. Now there's a wide range of cameras in between, from the cheapest 'cheap' compacts to the serious compacts, 4/3, u4/3 cameras, small sensors to APS-C sensor sizes in compacts, mirrorless, hybrid cameras, fixed lens, interchangeable lens bodies, semi-DSLR to full blown professional DSLRs, to the medium formats. I don't really know how to 'categorise' the breadth of camera choices in my head anymore. So I'm thinking I can start with the RAW format - what is the cheapest camera out there that has RAW? I'm asking because I've recently discovered that someone I know has a photographic eye. She knows absolutely nothing about photography and she only has an iPhone from which she takes photos but I can totally see that she has a great artistic eye for photography (even if she doesn't yet understand why it is so). I can sometimes see what she is trying to do with a particular photo but she doesn't yet understand how to achieve a particular look/photo or what needs to be done to get there. I'd like to suggest some better cameras for her that will allow her to really stretch her photographic potential, perhaps something with RAW (she knows how to use Photoshop but not for photography purposes), but not something that is too expensive. I've been looking around and I'm coming up with about $400-$500 price mark for a decent camera. Would that be right? I think once she understands the basics, her understanding and photography will go in leaps and bounds quite fast.