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I have a Nikon D40 that I love, it was on sale at bestbuy for 300 i think, they are regularly 430. Much more affordable than the D80 i bought a couple years ago (800). Anyways, I love it. Lightweight, easy to use, great quality pictures, not too much of a camera with fancy stuff either. Although pricey, I think it's worth it! (especially since you're going to Egypt! lucky!)
Nikon D40 or Rebel XTi
I hear Nikon is good. Let me know what you decide because I've been considering purchasing a SLR camera.
canon g10 is a digital rangefinder we absolutely loved especially for portability, and affordability.