Since July of this year, I have been without a camera; I've been relying on my iPhone 4 for my picture taking and to be honest, the phone takes pretty good pictures. I still wanted to get my hands on an actual camera though and I've spent quite a bit of time on my decision. The last two cameras that I owed were both Canon, so I'm pretty loyal to the brand. After using point & shoots for five years, I finally wanted to dive into the world of DSLRs.
I was looking for an entry level one because I have no need for the high-tech, expensive ones. After reading a bunch of reviews, I decided to go with the Canon EOS Kiss X5 (aka Canon Rebel T3i in the U.S. & Canada and Canon EOS 600D in Europe.) This is truly a beginner's DSLR and I love it to death. I purchased the bundle set that includes a kit lens (18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens). I wasn't in need of a high zoom lens, so I didn't purchase the double lens set.
On the left is the 18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and on the right is a 50mm f/1.8 primary lens, which I purchased separately. The latter is really good for taking portrait and low-lighting shots. I eventually would like to buy a wide-angle lens, but I can wait on that since the lens can be pretty expensive.
Above is just a peek at the "cheat" guide to help the novice DSLR user. Click the "Q" button on the camera, then scroll over the various functions on the screen for explanations on each function.
I seriously cannot wait to try out the camera when I have more free time. I'm really going to have fun with this baby!