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I'm a Canon shooter, and always have been. But Nikon is an excellent brand too. For your purposes, I'd go for the bottom of the line SLR, (I believe the current model is the D3200) which will work well for you in "automatic" mode right out of the box, but will also give you plenty of camera to grow into. You might want to consider getting the body without the bundled "kit" lens, and instead, purchasing the Tamron 18-270 lens. This is a reasonably priced super-tele, and a very capable lens.
The other option is to go for a fixed lens compact, like the Nikon Coolpix D510. This is a relatively inexpensive, all-in-one camera that is capable of producing excellent images. Even though my "serious" cameras are Canon. I have this little camera, and LOVE it for times when I don't want to tote a lot of gear.
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