Ready to take the leap from point-and-shoot to full-fledged DSLR? You could do worse than the Olympus E-600, an entry-level model that includes a few art filters to add some flavor to your 12.1-megapixel pics. The Soft Focus filter is self-explanatory, plus you get Pop Art, which enhances colors for "high-impact" images, and Pin Hole, said to add a nostalgic look with a darkened vignette. Sounds like something that'll impress that pretty lady in your art history class.
It's also nice to have that 2.7-inch swiveling Live View LCD. Paired with a 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 lens, the E-600 goes for the easy-to-remember sum of $600. Is should be hitting stores this November.