Some Canon guy, help me out here... There are times I could use a DSLR's capabilities. Not often, but enough to weigh buying this and a couple key lenses to keep on hand. According to reviews, this was a really good balance of performance and price. PM me with your thoughts, I was a Nikon guy since digital hit. Prior to that I did shoot EOS for a while in the EOS1n days. It seems this is on par with a Nikon D300 or so.