Hi all: Sorry in advance if this is a little long. I know there are a ton of "mirrorless vs. DSLR" threads out there, and I've seen plenty of similar threads on other forums too, but I've also seen that the advice varies widely based on the photographer, so I'm hoping if I tell the experts here enough about what I do, it might help me get more targeted direction. As brief as possible: I'm a hobbyist shooter looking for a proper (read: quasi-professional at least) digital camera that can shoot passable video as well. I'm buying it for myself to improve my skills, but I plan to use it for work, too. I'm not entirely a newbie when it comes to photography, though I am largely self-taught. I worked for years as a newspaper reporter where I was expected to shoot my own stuff to go with my stories. The advice I got from the pros at the time was useful but less technical and more "have fun with it." This was a couple years before digital really blew onto the scene. I bought a Canon Rebel XS, which came with a kit lens that was (I think) 35-70mm. I bought an extra 75-200mm lens to give me a modest zoom when i needed it. I covered news, not sports, so a three-foot monster zoom lens was not necessary at the time. The camera also had a hot shoe, so I bought a cheap-as-chips external flash that occasionally came in handy too. I taught myself the basics of framing your subject, telling the story with the photo, etc. Eventually, growing digital trends made my kit obsolete, so I sold it and bought a Canon PowerShot A530, more as a "vacation" camera than anything. It's fine for portraits and simple stuff, but I rarely used it for work as it was so slow to shoot I couldn't count on things sitting still long enough for it. By the time I was at my last newspaper job (about three and a half years ago now) I was working for a company that had a "pool" camera we could sign out and use. I don't know the model number, but it was a nice, modern Nikon DSLR that I enjoyed using. I got pretty comfortable with some of the features (multi-point focus, aperture/shutter priority vs. full auto, etc.) and had I a little more time, I might have been able to figure out how to do some fancy depth-of-field stuff, and I regret not learning how to do that. Now, I'm sick of that pocket cam with the old-school glass viewfinder, and I'm looking to get something better. While I know quality isn't cheap, I'm trying to keep it under US $800 if I can. I don't need a high-end professional camera, but something akin to my old Canon Rebel XS might be nice, you know, better than the pocket cams, but not a $1,500 kit that I'd be too afraid of breaking. I now work for a nonprofit that has me traveling a lot (national and international), so anything I can do to reduce weight/bulk helps. I won't be taking a lot of "action" stuff, though I expect to shoot people moving and talking, along with people moving equipment and stuff like that. I also want to experiment with depth of field and related advanced(?) concepts so I can take better than "not bad" stuff. I don't anticipate needing a lot of lenses other than maybe a modest zoom (like above) and MAYBE a simple wide-angle at some point. That's it. I knew nothing about mirrorless cameras as I began my Googling, and I'm now on a steep learning curve. I've learned a lot, but I'm still torn on what to buy. For DSLRs, I like the Nikon D3300. It seems full-featured and inexpensive to boot. Fancy, but not overwhelming. That said, I'm also leaning toward the Fuji XT10. More expensive, but it seems to have the same (better?) features in a much smaller and lighter package. I understand mirrorless shoots better video, which could be key as I expect to be doing more of that in my work travels, too (seated interviews, and some documentary-style footage as well). I have a Sony HandyCam (work provided), but if my personal camera can do it just as well, that's one less gadget to tote around. I'm also told the XT10's viewfinder lag is pretty good compared to other mirrorless cameras, so it shouldn't be too hard to track moving objects. Sorry if this went long, but I want to make clear what I'm looking for before asking for advice. What do you guys think? Is mirrorless worth the higher price tag? Is there a better novice-friendly DSLR choice than the D3300? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks for reading.