Canon G2

This camera encouraged me to really go deeper into photography. It's appearance can be deceiving, it's small and oldish looking (I like that style) but has some very good features crammed into it. The low noise was the key reason I got interested in this device. Other was a real flash hotshoe. It acted as a bridge to more aware photography and let me experiment and challenged me to think hard what I was doing and focus to what I wanted to achieve.