For the past few years, I have been into photography, but felt that anything I could do myself would be severely lacking in quality due to my camera situation. Although my phone has a high MP camera, it needs nothing short of full sunlight to get decent low-noise photos. Combine that with a complete lack of exposure adjustments and optical zoom, and you have a sad me who wishes he could document his life.
NO LONGER! This past Christmas, I took it upon myself to find the best camera at a ~$500 price range, and came up with a high-quality refurbished Nikon 5100. A pretty sweet DSLR, it has full featured HD video, automatic HDR bracketing, lots of autofocus choices, and of course the standard f-stop, iso and shutter speed adjustments. So far so good! It doesn’t have a gigantic sensor, but enough MPs and enough light gathering that I can actually take photos indoors for once! Put it on a tripod and it can take awesome low-light stuff. I am happy!!