I want to purchase a camera that I can use in a number of settings (out in nature, indoors, etc.) to take photographs of a high quality. I care about clarity and a good representation of color. I also want to be able to take simple point-and-click snapshots once I have configured the settings correctly. However, I will be taking mostly casual photos; I am an amateur.
I see a lot of people with Nikon or Canon cameras with big lenses and great customisability taking the sorts of pictures I want to take. Are there any recommendations for what Camera I should purchase? I'd like to stay under $300.