Hi everyone! I am new to the forums and have been having a dilemma over picking which camera to use as my first DSLR. This post will be kind of long, but I really need some opinions for people who actually know about the photography world in order to decide. If you could help me, I would really appreciate it. Right now I own a Nikon Coolpix S4. I use my camera a lot indoors in lower-light situations as well as for macro shots, portraits, and some outdoor photography. I want a DSLR so I can have more control over my shots and have better quality images. I only can spend about $900 right away on the camera body, a lens or two (maybe three if I really push it), and the neccessary accessories. I know that I am going to be buying into a system of either Nikon or Canon, depending on which camera I choose for my first. I want a camera that will work for a learner but will allow me to grow for a couple years because I am a college student and cannot afford a new body all the time, but will be able to buy lenses when I absolutely need/want them. The cameras I am choosing between are the Nikon D3000, D5000, and the Canon Rebel T1i. Pros and cons of each for me: D3000 Pros: -Low price -Small and good fit in my very small hands -Has the guide mode for when I first start using it, but will let me use manual settings as well. -Has been told to me (and somewhat confirmed by my extensive research) that this camera is bascially the D5000 without the articulating LCD, live view, and the video mode. Cons: -I am afraid I will not be able to grow as well with it (but I don't really know why, that's just been told to me) -No Live view, but I'm not sure how important that would be for me -No video, but I'm not sure how much I would use it anyway, probably rarely -Have to buy special lenses that are more money that higher level cameras -Less MP than the other two (although I don't know how important that will be since I won't be blowing up very many photos) D5000 Pros: -Video mode and articulating LCD, although I am not sure how much I would use these. -Live view, which is nice but I would mostly use the viewfinder anyway -More room to grow (as told to me by others, but I am not sure I understand why that is true) Cons: -$200 more than the D3000 without offering much more as far as I can see -Harder for me to hold. It is about the same size as the T1i, but the right side grip is much more slippery and hard for me to hold on to -Have to buy special lenses that are more money that higher level cameras T1i Pros: -Much easier to hold than the D5000. -More compatible with variety of lenses than Nikon choices (I think this is true anyway. Do I have to buy special autofocus lenses for this camera too?) -More MP than either of the Nikon choices -Video mode, although I am not sure how much I would use this. -Live view Cons: -$200 more than the D3000 without offering much more as far as I can see I am pretty sure I have narrowed it down to the D3000 and the T1i because if I ended up paying more for the T1i, I would be able to buy a lot more lenses without an extra cost for them being special (I believe, please correct me if I'm wrong) which I would not have with the D5000 and I do not find the articulating LCD important. Basically it comes down to price. Do you think the D3000 offers enough for me to grow for a while and is worth the extra money for the lenses (would I be able to use the special lenses on cameras that don't need them in the future?) or should I invest in the T1i (or the D5000 if for some reason that is way better than the T1i even with the special lens price) because the extra cost bring a lot more neccessary tools? I would really appreciate any input you could give me! Thank you!