I am beginner photographer looking to buy my first DSLR. I talked to my friend who is into photography to ask him for advice which camera to get. He recommends for me to get Canon 60D over T2i because of the following features. Number 3 being the big one. 1) Articulating 3" LCD screen - great for shooting video or from an unusual perspective 2) 5.3 frame per second continuous shooting (vs 3.7 in the T2i) - excellent for action and sports like kids soccer or gymnastics 3) Added cross-type auto-focus points (9 in the 60D vs 1 in the T2i) - this gives the photographer much more control of the area of focus (big one) 4) Better viewfinder Will I use these features as a beginner photographer? Seems like I would use #3. My friend says there is not much room to grow with T2i and 60D is a better choice. On the other hands I talked to couple coworkers and they think that 60D is overkill for me and I can spend the money on the extra lenses instead. My coworker heard of a story of photographer in Afghanistan for National Geographic who used 60D. I am not planning to do photography for National Geographic. What do you guys recommend? Thank you.