My budget is either $540 or £300 (either side of the pond), I use xD cards with my dads camera but they are not mine. I have a 16Mb card and a 128Mb card. But I have a Lexar 8 in 1 memory reader (the best) so it really isn't an issue what card I have, but its worth mentioning. I'm off to Japan soon and would like a good camera that fits within my budget and maybe I could use it for college on assignments. Can anybody recommend me something, any professional photographers here or keen amatures with some good advice?