OK so I am still considering a DSLR. I've been doing a ton of reading the last 2 days (and gotten some help from you guys!). I want a nice one, but I am a beginner. I don't know how to work them but I'm hoping to learn. My main concerns are shutter lag & fps, easy of use, and size/weight of camera. I know these cameras that I am considering can all take great photos so I'm not as worried about that, but of course photo quality is important to me. I have done all the number comparisons using a few websites (some I got here!). All of them are pretty similar in the numbers I'm seeing, though some are obvious above others in areas but I don't see 1 that just sticks out above the rest for me. I seem to find pros and cons with all of these. I can see them all being good so what I would really like is some opinions on the best value on these. Which ones are the best value for their price tag given my main concerns and beginner level (though I do want to learn and grow)? For example is the jump in price worth the .3 increase in shutter lag and 2 extra fps, etc. (I know there are other differences as well). These are the ones I am considering right now, feel free to give suggestions, too: Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Canon EOS T2i (Rebel T2i, Canon 550D) Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Sony Alpha SLT-A55V Also, if you saw my other thread, I have not completely ruled out the Lumix GF2 or similar like Sony Nex 5 but I'm trying to focus on a "real" DSLR right now and see what would be best for me.