Haha dude you're retarted
RAW? TIFF? What do you think the average soccer mom who has never owned a DSLR or knows anything about photography will do with that? Ya if you were an am photog you might want that. But for what he's looking for? I don't think so.
And secondly, the reason you're aunt hated her canon was probably because she wasn't used to the layout. If you're whole family uses Nikon its understandable and its in no way her fault. I personally use and prefer Canon and their layout, but thats just personal preference. Both Canon and Nikon are legit companies that make sick cameras, and I bet you couldn't tell whether a photo was shot with a Nikon or a Canon by looking at it.
And as for you being around photography all your life (or something like that you said it in your previous posts) I'm sure you have, your dad's a photog or something like that but I'm confident to say you, aren't a photographer. Any respectable photographer knows that its all preference and wouldn't go running around bashing everyone that doesn't agree with them.
I'm in no way an amazing photog but I know a bit about photography and to me you look like a spoiled little brat who thinks he knows everything about photography since his dad works in that field.
Sorry to make your thread into a shit fest OP, but here's what I would get:
If you want a good qual. camera but not sure if your mom could handle a DSLR, a Canon Powershot S5 IS is a good way to go:
Its not too complicated and it handles like a point and shoot camera. As an added bonus, it takes very good quality video with stereo sound so if your mom ever wants to take some movies she's got her tool right there. Its around $200-$400 depending on where you buy so its not too expensive either.
On the DSLR side, either a Nikon D40, D60, or a Canon XS, XSi, or XTi would be your best bet. Again, not too expensive, has everything you want, and is much less complicated then higher end models.
Those cameras can be found at around $400-$700 I think.
Good luck and happy shopping!