I have a big soft spot for entry level autofocus SLRs. By the late 1990s and early 2000s they were high functioning, reliable, adaptable, lightweight and in 2016, they're dirt cheap. Consumer AF SLRs have compacts beat on most counts except size, and some like Canon's 3000 series, are pocket sized given an appropriate lens. Plastic SLRs take kit zooms or high end lenses, you can stick them on auto or go full manual with overrides, they have a handy flash and a hotshoe, and you barely know you're carrying them they're so light. I think they're undeservedly neglected because they look like granddad cameras. I say embrace the shiny plastic!