Alright, so after waiting for a while to get a camera, the chances are up for me. My sister's HS graduation is coming up, and my parents are in need of a digi-cam. Now, I thought I could use this to my advantage. I've been wanting to begin photography for quite a while, but never had the funds. So, finally, I have the chance to get started . Alright, so my parents have a budget of $300-ish. And here starts my dilemma. I have two choices I can make 1: I can get my parents to buy the Canon A590 or something similar for the graduation, as it has manual controls and I can use that camera for dabbling in digital and also get them to buy a film SLR for myself to learn photography and take pictures as well. However, then comes the costs of developing . 2: Or, I could just buy a more advanced P&S, such as the Canon S5 or SX100IS that will fulfill their desires, but might leave me craving for more which I don't want to happen too soon . Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do or tips?