Originally Posted by SalisburySteak;13505243
Lol. They're not clueless. They know the difference.
Well, you should talk to them. Explain the why the DSLR would help you be a better photographer by letting you have more manual options than the average point and shoot, the ability to switch lenses, etc.
If you don't mind buying used, you can get some cool deals.
Nikon D3000 w/ 18-55VR: http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20435967.html
Really a great camera, easy to use, the lens is fantastic, and it appears to be open box.