I know...I know... This type of thing has been discussed before. I did a little searching and could not find anything speaking to exactly this question. Some of the info was a little dated, too. If there is something I missed, please point me in that direction, I apologize. In any event, I'm looking into my first SLR (so I don't own any glass). I thought I had narrowed it down to the XT and the D70s, but now I think I should consider the D50 as well. I will be making a decision in early september- I want to wait out the new Nikon announcement certainly as well as the Canon rumors. I will be using this camera for general shooting as well as outdoor hiking, climbing, mountaineering shots. On a side note, how do DSLRs like the cold? Anyway here are my current thoughts: Canon Rebel XT: What I liked: Small and light (great for climbing) 8MP (I know this is not a huge advantage, but still) What I didn't like: Felt a little too small Plastic!! One adjustment dial Battery life (shorter than Nikon) Nikon D70s What I liked: Nice to hold Solid construction 2 dials Controls were very well laid out Nice screen and info window Viewfinder seemed a lot better (clearer info line etc) Battery life What I didn't like: Heavier, bigger 6MP (although this would be enough) Well anyway, is there a big reason why I should go with one over the other? I can't seem to make up my mind. Also, what are people thinking about coming updates for these two companies in the sub-$1000 class? Thanks.