As the thread title so pithily points out, I'm on a quest for my first dSLR. I've owned a Canon Rebel G for a number of years now, but film and developing is so 20th century. The primary reason I'm getting a dSLR is for a trip-of-a-lifetime backpacking trip to New Zealand I'm taking in January, which is the beginning of their summer. If you don't know anything about New Zealand, it's one of the most topographically diverse places in the world, with sweeping grass plains, jagged snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and just about anything else you could want to experience in nature. That being said, this is what I'm looking for in a camera: - I want to spend under $1,000 total, but a cap of $800 would be the most comfortable for me. If I get a Canon, I'm planning on using the 18-55 lens from my Rebel G, buying just a dSLR body, and spending the balance on a good zoom lens. - Whatever I get needs to have excellent picture quality, especially when it comes to color accuracy. - Durability is definitely a bonus factor. - It needs to have pretty good point and shoot functionality. Although I'd like to eventually learn the ins-and-outs of manual photography, I know that a lot of my pictures will be taken on-the-fly and I'm not really experienced enough to make snap decisions regarding aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and other settings on my own. Some cameras I've been considering are the Canon XSi, Canon T1i, and the Nikon D5000. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.