17. Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Specs:3-inch swivel screen, built-in flash, 18 megapixels, 1080p video capture
Price: $800
All right, time for a real camera. If you save $600 more, you can get one of the best cameras under $1,000 available today. For those of you entry-level photogs looking to better your craft, you can do much, much worse than the T3i. We loved the swivel screen--not sure why, we just liked it--as well as its awesome video recording. Pulling double duty with this camera is a breeze. There's an external mic jack, wireless flash transmitter so you can operate multiple flashes--it's perfect if you're looking to get serious about capturing moving and still images.