I just started with my cousin's point-n-shoot camera (Sony DSC-P41). Images might not be looking great, but for me they are the starting point. (When i started out last year)
Now I own Sony DSC-H2. I didn't know ABCD... in DSLR and didn't want to spend much time and earnings on my Hobby. After spending quite some time with my camera, I'm comfortable with it. I must admit i am totally overwhelmed with my camera's performance.