Over the past weekend, my curiously strong 1-yr-old broke our only camera! Crisis, right? I know! In the back of my mind, I've been pining for a nice digital SLR that will serve all of my photography needs and I guess there's no time like the present. The only problem is.. I have no idea where to begin looking. I don't know much about photography and cameras so I'm desperately in need of some sage advice from all you talented photographers. I need something for all purpose use, but something that I can grow into since I'm interested in learning more about photography in the future.
Here are my basic wants in a digital SLR:
User-friendly automatic functions
Perfect for photographing nice macro shots of my jewelry
Perfect for taking everyday family photos
Good enough for portraits
Something that I can grow into (has more than just the auto features)
Compact/lightweight enough for daily wanderings
Nothing super duper expensive (maybe $600-$700 max)
If you have any recommendations for or against any camera/brand in particular, I'd love to hear it. Any info is good info so please hold up any arrows you might have in any direction. Thank you!