Originally Posted by Stephen
Its always been my opinion that you should stretch yourself to the limit when buying such equipment as a camera. You grow into them and if you have bought basic gear you are liable to find them wanting in time.
Audrey aka Autumn uses a Fuji HS10 and is very pleased with it. there is a review HERE
and I see that if you are prepared to purchase from Ebay it can be had for £240 and the postage takes you only £10 over your budget. Maybe its worth considering.
Have you considered second hand or to use modern description pre-used.
With all the new models continually appearing there are some good DSLR cameras on eBay Canon, Nikon, Sony to mention but a few, that could fall within your budget, and there should be plenty of growing room for you.
There are some very good older models about that will give you wonderful results.
There are simply no poor cameras about the competition is too hot, yes it can be argued one model is better than another but its very marginal. In terms of quality its difficult to go wrong.
Remember at the end of the day a good photograph comes from the photographer not the camera.
The camera is the tool that gives correct exposure, sharp image and so forth, a good picture has more than that, you the photographer.