A system camera is a great alternative to the single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. The quality is so much better than regular digital camera's, but you don't have to deal with the complexity of SLR camera's if you are not comfortable to use them (yet). The camera is also very handy to bring on trips.
The lens that comes with it is great to photograph close by and landscapes. However, it doesn't zoom as far. Therefore I recommend also getting the lens to do your "zooming".