After having my point and shoot camera stolen on my last vacation it's time to upgrade to a DSLR. After reading reviews it's hard to find side by side comparisons of certain models that do more than just show specs. We had a good look last night at both the Nikon D5000 and the Lumix G1 which both fall at the top of our price range. The camera will get used the way most point and shoot cameras get used but would like to see better performance in all aspects with the option to become a little more creative. The wife would like to expand to add a lense that would allow her to do portraits that blur the background while keeping the subject crisp. I read that both cameras perfrom well but question the newer technology that the Lumix has. The wife likes the way that the Lumix feels in her small hands but the lack of video seems somewhat limiting. I also like that the Nikon has a two year warranty. I'm hoping that someone could help to steer us in the right direction so that we can be please with our purchase and expand on our lense choices.