This should be a good place to ask this question. I'm looking to get into Photography as a hobby now, what would be the best beginner camera that is pretty inexpensive? If you need any other info, let me know, I don't know much about photography, but would like to get into it.
Tomorrow I will have to read through this thread.
Depends on what is "inexpensive" to you. Pretty much anyone who is at all serious about photography will want an "SLR" type camera. I'm assuming you want a digital? That would make it a "DSLR".
There are a lot of brands, but I'll stick with the two most common - Nikon and Canon. Nikon's D40 is their most economical digital SLR and Canon make the "Rebel XT" or XTi that are in the same general price range. You can probably get a used D40 with the "kit" 18-55mm lens for around $400-450. Maybe even less -- the prices are falling.
The most important part of photography (and expensive) is lenses. The problem with the D40 is that it doesn't allow you to use a lot of Nikon's autofocus lenses which limits your options. But, with the lenses that are available, it will take photos as well as any other camera (unless you're really getting into the professional side - sports, ect.).
If you don't want to spend $400, you may look into "point and shoot" cameras, but I don't know anything about them. They'll take good "regular" photos, but your creativity is severely limited.
If you don't want digital, you can get camera bodies much cheaper. You'll still have to pay the same prices for lenses though, unless you want fully manual ones.
If you have more to spend, the sky is the limit. I love my Nikon D80, but it's really just one step up from the D40. I paid around $800 for mine which was a "refurbished factory display" with an inexpensive lens. It just goes up from there.
There are also a lot of other brands to choose from, but Nikon and Canon lenses and service is readily available almost everywhere.
It's a lot of fun, but the main thing you should remember is that your camera is only as good as the lens you put on it. Right now, mine are mediocre, but capable.