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I'm a big fan of compact mirrorless. You can get Sony NEX cameras near your price range, you just missed a sale on the old NEX-5 that was $250. I highly recommend going with a compact mirrorless or DSLR over a point and shoot, and you are right on the cusp with your budget of getting a used entry level interchangeable camera and lens. I know you don't care ...
While your budget of $200 is a challenge, with some research and persistence you can probably find something to meet your needs. Try doing a camera feature search at sites like dpreview.com. You can narrow your search based on all sorts of features, such as RAW-capable, manual mode, etc. Unfortunately, you can't search or sort the results based on price. ...
A smartphone is the most obvious solution to me. You don't need a fancy camera(i.e. DSLR) to be a photographer. Explore the smartphone tag on this site for great examples of why many are choosing smartphone photography these days.
Generally what and how you shoot and your budget tend to be the three big deciding factors in what gear is appropriate and the best fit for you. Interchangeable lens system cameras, like dSLRs or mirrorless cameras are generally the most versatile types of cameras, because of the ability to switch out lenses and use hotshoe flashes, etc. But they also ...
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