Now, I have not been on this forum very long at all, but I have seen over 50 "Which DSLR for an Amateur?" threads. This isn't a bad thing, but It sort of clogs up the forums with the same threads. In this guide you'll find out which DSLR is right for you. I will address Nikon and Canon because these are the most popular brands. If there's a request for Pentax or Olympus then I will be willing to do add on. This review/guide will be done without a Ken Rockwell bias lol. I'm going to address pros and cons of 3 camera's from each brand. Although some may argue with me let me tell you that there is no "better" brand. It's all opinion. Don't let anyone tell you "Get a enter camera brand here, they're the bestest ever!". And always remember your camera body isn't everything, your glass needs much attention too. Canon Really quick all around pro for the rebels. They come in a KICK-ASS box Canon EOS Rebel XS- MSRP (retail price): 600 Kit. ABOUT 450 body only. Overview- Canon's cheapest DSLR comes in black and silver. 10.1 Mega Pixels. Standard ISO 100-1600 and shutter speed 30 seconds-1/4000 of a second. Pros- Smallest Canon DSLR to date (4.96 x 3.8 x 2.4 in) Fairly light (15.9 oz) 2.5 in LCD screen Compatible with over 60 Canon lenses along with the dozens of other third part lenses Integrated Sensor Cleaning 9 modes including the following: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, tungsten, White Florescent Light, Flash, & Custom. Raw file size is 9.8 GB (relatively small) 600 shots per charge w/o live view. 200 shots per charge with live view. 514 JPEG images in burst. Shutter Lag .03 seconds (fastest in it's class) Cons- Plastic Body (This may be a pro for some, but majority dislike it) Build quality not great Auto White balance isn't very good Live view not great Struggles at high ISO's Canon EOS Rebel XSI I'm not going to do a pro and cons list because It's basically the same as the XS. The only differences are MSRP: $750 kit, about $650 body 2 more mega pixels (does not matter unless your printing large photos) 3inch LCD opposed to the Xs's 2inch XSI is $100 more. a bit bulkier. Barely noticable. EOS Rebel T1i- MSRP: 899.99 Kit, ABOUT 739.99 body only. Overview: The T1i is considered the step out of the entry level DSLR's. 15.1 mega pixels, a better sensor, and a higher quality build make this camera an intermediete body. Pros- Wide ISO range 100-3200 (expansion 6400, 12800) Shadow control Good white balance 500 images per charge no flash or live view 400 images per charge with flash Small for this level of a camera (5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in) Start up time .1 seconds 3 inch LCD Full HD video recording Cons- Difficult to use for a beginner (most of you reading this) Sound on video is just o.k and there's no microphone plug in expensive for a beginner ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Nikon- Nikon D40- MSRP: $500 Kit, ABOUT 400 body. Overview- This 6.1 mega pixel Nikon body is one of the best selling entry DSLR's ever. Pros- Small (5.0 x 3.7x 2.5 in.) Extremely user friendly. Built for beginners, this camera has the most simple menu and processes. 2.5 inch LCD Many modes including the following: Digital Vari-program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait), Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto ; Aperture-Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]. [*]Shutter speed 30 seconds to 1/4000 of a second [*]Cheap! [*]Kit lens (VR) is above average for kit lenses. Cons- 470 images w/o flash per charge 6.1 mega pixels (only matters if your printing large images) Heavier than the Canon models (1 lb, 1 oz.) Auto-focus lens choice is limited* Nikon D60- MSRP: Basic Kit $600, ABOUT $400-$500 body only. Overview: same body as the Nikon D40 just a better sensor. 10.2 mega pixels. Pros- 100-1600 ISO opposed to the D40's 200-1600 [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Automatically turns LCD display off [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]when the camera is brought up to the photographer's eye--- very handy[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Display feature is more "intermediate"[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Shadow control[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]MUCH better in camera editing[/FONT] Cons: 470 images w/o flash per charge Heavier than the Canon models (1 lb, 1 oz.) Auto-focus lens choice is limited* Nikon D90 MSRP: $1300 kit, about $950+ or body Overview: If you have some cash to spend, spend it on this beauty. Pros- ISO 200-3200 low noise! Integrated Sensor Cleaning System Records AVI video Extremely fast focus Compact body Cons- Audio quality is bad Kit lens doesn't compare to the quality of the camera ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Conclusion: Check what's in your price range and look at your options. There is not much a difference between the two brands. You have to find what's right for you. Before buying ALWAYS go to a local store and hold them. My recommendation is the Nikon D40 if you're on a tight budget. On a loose budget I'd go for the Nikon D60 and get some good glass. If anyone wants me to I'll write up a prime lens review for Nikon, Canon, & Sigma. Thanks for reading, Dylan PS- Please tell me if there is anything I should add, edit, or completely change. I am in no way an expert on all of these cameras.