Hi guys, I'm looking to buy my very first DSLR and would love a few pointers in the right direction! Budget: $1500 Size: n/a Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? 18+ would be nice * What optical zoom will you need? Standard * How important is “image quality” to you? 10 Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? I'm not confident in manual yet, but yes to aperture/shutter priority. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? Portraits, animals, nature, general everyday snaps - nothing major. I'm a fan blurry backgrounds, so I assume I should really be buying a separate lens as well to help with that effect? Eg 50mm f1.8? Is that right? * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Not a huge priority, but maybe a couple. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Definitely Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? I'm most familiar and comfortable with Canon, but I'm open to other brands. Are there particular models you already have in mind? Canon 600D and 700D (to be honest, I'm not even sure if there's a major difference? Just the touchscreen? Is the 700D worth the price jump from the 600D?). Would the 60D be too much camera for a DSLR newbie? I was also considering the 100D but read a few too many negative reviews so I scratched that one off the list. (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Image stabilisation. Rotating LCD would be nice. I'd also like something with a fairly decent battery life. You guys haven't steered me wrong before so any help would be very much appreciated! Thank you!