It depends on how "advance" you are. Or what type of pictures you'll be taking.
If you're just looking for a standard point and shoot, with no huge bells and whistles - Kodak's are very nice. I just got one for my DH, who loves taking pictures, but didn't really want anything special. It was under $100, I think some places are selling them for 89.99. It's the Kodak C180. You can also take videos and load them directly to Youtube, which he's super thrilled about. lol.
Canon's are a little higher up, the "A" series are very nice. They get to be a little more pricey, but they're solid cameras. Intermediate in range. They're anywhere from $120-$300.
The Sony Cybershot is also a very nice camera as well. Their price range, I believe, is about $160-250.
I have the Canon Rebel - that's a "professional" expert, or just.. photographer wannabe camera. :P Mine was almost a grand, but I got a few more extras with it.
at 3:57 PM on Oct. 11, 2009