So I've spent the morning using the search feature on here, and while I have come across a lot of valuable information that compare and contrast the camera's I'm going to talk about in a second, I didn't find too much talk in regards to action or wildlife shots. I'm currently using a Fuji S6000. It's been good to me, and was my first "big" camera, that I bought a few years ago. It introduced me to manual settings. :mrgreen: I'm ready for a DSLR and have done a lot of research over the past few months on what would be a good fit for me. Overall, I want clarity. The camera I have now just has so much grain to its photo's, but that also goes with it being an older model with only 6 megapixels. The biggest thing however is I want a camera that going to work well for action shots, mainly of my dogs that are very fast moving when outside playing, and of fast moving wildlife such as birds. I want a camera capable of producing clear images. I originally had my eye on the Canon XSi. I still do, sort of, mainly because of the price. I am pretty limited on how much I can spend, and the camera I get will be one I'll using for quite a while with just the kit lense, before I'll be able to purchase any new lenses for it. However, I've also been looking at the Nikon D5000, though it's a bit more pricer from the place I am purchasing it (I'm purchasing it somewhere where I can pay monthly payments). I've looked at the D90, drooled until my keyboard nearly shorted out, and then came to the conclusion that I couldn't afford it no matter how much I wished. :lmao: I also looked at the XTi, but it's considerably more than the XSi, but from most reviews, it seems to not be all that more impressive. So here's the question, for those of you familiar with the Nikon D5000 and the Canon XSi: Is there any good comparison between the two, or are they are two totally different playing fields? I've read about a motor being in the lenses, for the auto-focus... does the XSi contain this? What about the D5000? I've read that the lenses are cheaper if you don't have to get one with a motor built into the lense. Lastly, would you recommend an XSi for fast moving shots? Playing dogs, flying birds, ect. While my S6000 used to be "so big and awesomeness" to me years ago, I'm now feeling completely closed in with it since I've really gotten into learning photography, and ready to break out into something with way more options. Not to mention the grainy and blurry action shots have me wanting to throw it against a wall.