That should do fine for a beginner to be honest. The elements are the same, its a camera and can take pictures. Some of the features lack a bit but its still ideal to work on something cheaper then a DSLR to work on composition and your style. If it has a manual mode make sure you use that, start to learn what the ISO, White Balance, Shutter speed, and if you have it, Focal Range. You can learn a lot about the elementary beginnings what you need to know about it with a Point and Shoot.
I believe its better to work on that, as it doesn't cost you anything and you can work on your stuff. Then when you start posting some nice pictures and you have the income, go ahead and upgrade to a DSLR. If you find out photography isn't your thing as you thought before, you havn't payed $1500 on photography equipment and have to sell it all.
:: Canon 20D :: Slik Monopod :: 4G X3 CF :: Canon 70-200 F4L ::
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