Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. I'm looking to spend under $700 initially, (including all other costs, tax, shipping if I buy online etc.) then upgrade the lense in the following months If I feel its neccisary Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Doesn't matter Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? 8 minimum * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) This doesn't matter all that much because I plan to upgrade it to fit my needs later anyhow. Enough to get a good feel for DSLR's. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 10 This is by far the biggest factor, the reason why I want to move to DSLR's to begin with. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? I require FULL control over all focusing, AP, shutter speed etc. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? Everything * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? yes definately Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? yes, and this is also a very big factor. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes, ALOT. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? I've used a Nikon DSLR before and loved it, but never owned one myself and never used any other brand before so I can't really pass judgement. Are there particular models you already have in mind? Yes, out of the ones i've seen in this price range, I'm really liking the cannon EOS rebel XTi. But I won't be buying this until sometime mid april anyhow so if there are any better ones out there, or ones coming out soon within this same price range with an included stock lense kit, I would be willing to wait. (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Being a DSLR I'm assuming I can get a wide angle lense later, other than that, no.