Hello all. My first post. i am in the market for a DSLR camera early next year so i thought i start my research now. but not 100% sure where to begin. I currently shoot with a sony a350 with a 50mm 1.8 prime lens. while its not bad, it does left a lot to be desired. Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. willing to spend around 500-800 on just body ( of course cheaper the better ) Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? size does not matter Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? anything over 15 since my sony is currently 14 * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) standard is fine * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) i guess a 10. a lot of pics i take with the sony is very grainy when editing even in raw. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? yes General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? landscape, cars, portraits. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? no. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? mostly outdoor and want to do night photos as well. my sony does not do any good night pics. it becomes very "Green" if that makes sense Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? sometimes yes Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? most people advise that i pick canon. but im not biased Are there particular models you already have in mind? i believe the canon 6D or 7D as they seem within my price range (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) wide angle and rotating lcd sounds nice thanks all in advance!