I have a canon - i'm not sure which model, it was a cheaper one I just bought from walmart, but I've been very happy with it. It's easy to use, has all the features I need and i think it cost under $200.
PRetty much, you get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap walmart camera don't expect it to last.
When i bought my camera i didn't really know what to look for either. I went into a camera store and told the guy what i was looking for and what my price range was and ended up getting one I really liked.