I went to take photographs of my jewelry for my etsy shop, and came to the realization of just how crappy my Kodak point and shoot was. I couldn't get a decent shot of anything, the close up setting on that camera just wouldn't work for my needs. So I came upstairs and started doing some research on cameras, after reading reviews, looking at specs and sample pictures I decided on the Canon PowerShot A590 IS.
It was in the exact price range I was hoping for and I am 100% satisfied with my choice. I took some test pictures as soon as I got home and I instantly fell in love with it. While it isn't a digital SLR like I have been wanting for ages, it will definitely suit my needs for the time being.
Picture of my cat Tigger, you can view the larger version here at Flickr. Considering this is one of the cheaper digital cameras available right now I was highly impressed with the detail of the pictures. Definitely a great camera, and a steal at the price.
Now I can hopefully have my shop stocked by sometime next week.