Hello. I recently bought a Sony cybershot DSC-H3 8.1 megapixel, 10x optical zoom camera. I bought a compact digital camera so I could practice while I save up for a Canon 50D SLR camera for my photography class next semester. I have been taking some ok pictures with it but am wondering if this camera is worth the $215 I payed for it. Has anybody captured some great pictures with this camera? Is it a good camera to practice with for now? Can anybody recommend a good camera for around the same value that would be better to practice with for the time being? Also can anybody recommend a good beginner photography book that doesn't HAVE to be used with an SLR? Thanks for any help.