The last post created some private messages to me that I wanted to share the answers with here.
So, What Camera Should I Buy? Nikon of course!
All kidding aside, the camera is literally the tool. It comes down to personal preference, budget & of which cult you wish to be a member. The Canon and Nikon (Raw vs. Jpeg, Mac vs. PC) wars will never end. The time and energy wasted on these debates is mind boggling but it happens.
My answer: Buy the Best one you can affordthat is a good fit for you and what type of shooting will you be doing. (portraits, action, landscapes, low light?). The camera should have all the buttons and knobs at your fingertips so you can familiarize yourself with them and make changes on the fly, without going into a menu system. I cannot speak for Canon, but I LOVE that my Nikon buttons all do the same thing no matter what Mode I am shooting in. This enables me to make changes to ISO, Aperture, Shutterspeed, WB, Focus Mode, etc… all without moving the camera from my eye.
I will note that also if you only have a $200 – $300 budget, do not discount some of the older D-SLR models such as the Nikon D70 and Canon 20D. I have seen the D70 kit with a lens in great condition for $225! The lens alone is worth that. Just because the models are older, does not mean that they make crappy pictures. (Remember it is YOU that need to be in charge, not the camera)