Thanks to technological advancements, the best cheap digital cameras are as powerful and feature-rich as top digital cameras from a few years ago. You don't have to spend a lot of money find good, inexpensive digital cameras.
In fact, some of the most popular digital cameras are those in the sub-$200 price range, such as the large zoom Olympus SZ-10, pictured here. I've recently updated my list of the best cameras for under $200 for the 2012 holiday season. Just click the link to see the full list, which, hopefully, will help you find a great gift for the beginning photographer on your list.
Photo courtesy Olympus