Some zealous amateurs will be able to go out and purchase all the professional looking equipment that is on the market. However, they will be missing a huge opportunity to learn fundamental photography in a very beneficial way. The high-end equipment will be needed to photograph minutely detailed photography as well as portraiture, but a novice photographer or a person that is interested in the art simply as a hobby can take great photos with moderately-priced, point and shoot styles of digital cameras.
All the major brands have multiple styles of these cameras for very economical prices, and they are basically designated by the styles of photographs that will be taken. This only means that they are preset for optimal pictures of a certain type, but they are all basically the same digital camera. However, there is a greater benefit in starting with these types of cameras even if the more expensive equipment is accessible. Amateurs or hobbyists should invest in a camera that has a nice zoom feature and that is at the higher-end of megapixel capacity, but these will not be the cheapest models. They do excel at landscape photography.
The small body of the camera combined with the large-screened view finders allows the subject to be lined up with both the camera and the eye. This quality is enhanced with the very rich digital image that is displayed in the viewfinder. A definite challenge with these cameras is that the photographer must develop a very steady hand. These types of cameras possess stabilization technology, but they do not suffice. Additionally, the photographs occasionally will have to be optimized with digital imaging applications to replicate the results in the viewfinder.