You need to learn how that person would use a camera. So ask these questions either of yourself or of the person you are buying for:
- Where do you normally find yourself saying “If I only had a camera?”
- Can I/they learn how to adjust aperture, focal length, or shutter speed?
- Would they be better off with a point and shoot or do they need a DSLR?
Once you can get a handle on those items, you can then adjust your purchase and remember…the bigger the opening of the lens, the more light that lens lets it.
So a camera that looks like this:
Takes better photos than a camera like this:
And don’t let price deter you. Spend the extra $50-150 and get a camera that will show you a lifetime (or at least 2-4 years) worth of excellent photos!