Years ago, I bought my hubby a Canon EOS T1 Rebel... Even that one was not a beginner's digicam, but I am an experienced digital photographer so it was a good one to have in the house. That camera was and is still is a great unit. The best add-on I got him for it was a battery grip/holder.
I would offer that if you are looking at things from a fairly newbie perspective, make sure that the device you pick has image stabilization. That will add to the price, but will add to the quality of your shots.
My fav digicam website for reviews is: Digital Photography Review