Pwolf wrote:You can get pretty good results from point and shoot cameras now adays... that said, a DLSR is a good choice if you plan on furthering your photography skills and can take some decent video also. I'd look at the Canon Rebel line. I've been using a T1i for several years now. Even though I'd like to upgrade to something a little more professional, it's still a great camera. I think the newest model is the t5i, which is probably about $700 - $1000 for the body kit and a lens or two. You can probably find the older versions for a bit cheaper. I'd also invest in a flash and a full sized tripod, both can be purchased for less then $100 together. As for a small table top tripod, there a bunch of options but the gorillapods are pretty nice.
I actually don't plan on taking photography as seriously. Any good point and shoot cameras you'd suggest, that is close to the results a DSLR would give? I was thinking of getting a gorillapod as well, but because it was so small, I just wasn't sure if there would be enough gap between the camera and table to be able to record myself drawing. Thanks for the reply!