The Canon Digital Rebel XT
The Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera is fantastic, and makes a great transitional point to digital photography with near-professional results. Depending on your particular skill level, you can achieve amazing quality with the Rebel XT. Not only is it lightweight and compact (for an SLR-style camera) but it can use just about any Canon EOS lens, dating back to the early 80’s. it comes standard with an EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens This is a boon to many photographers with a significant investment in lenses for their 35mm Canons.
Specs for the camera can be found here, as well as user reviews and other relevant information. Knowing 3 people with this camera (and one who uses the Canon 20D, the big brother to the Rebel) I can confidently say that you will not be disappointed with this model from Canon. It comes highly recommended.