Uhh, almost any decent camera found at $50 in a thrift store is going to be a good deal.
This wasn't my first digital camera, but it was one of my early favorites. I remember buying this after seeing it in Hawaii back in 2004. At the time, I must have pored over just about every online review of this camera before finally purchasing it (I even have an email that I sent to myself at the time comparing prices -- I forgot this thing was nearly $800 when I purchased it as a poor college student).
This camera had it all -- super zoom, flip-out screen, viewfinder, and all the manual settings you could want. Plus all those wonderful 8MP. I brought this thing everywhere which is sort of amazing since I would definitely consider this way too big today.