I have been planning to upgrade to a dSLR for some time and an upcoming family trip to London has made me consider purchasing one to use before we go (even if I have to rely on some preset modes and only make minor manual adjustments). I have been using a Canon P&S, and while it takes nice pictures in good lighting, I am unable to zoom out far enough for some shots, unable to grab a wide-enough picture for some shots, and am unsatisfied with its results in low light despite manual adjustments (a lot of noise) without a flash. I am planning to take pictures of buildings (e.g., Windsor Castle, inside and out, and Legoland) and tourist sites (e.g., Stonehenge at dusk, Roman baths), possibly some landscape, and some in low light (e.g., in a pub, in the evening, etc.), preferable without too much if any flash. I will also use the dSLR to capture short video clips. Weather may be overcast or sunny. I would also like to photograph action in the future. I have read other threads that suggest using mirrorless, but I am planning to pursue digital photography as a hobby, as well, and while the Sony NEX-6 is better than a Canon or Nikon for video, it does not handle sports/action shoots very well due to slower AF. Others have suggested starting with a lens, and working back to the brand/body, but I don't have any lenses yet and I don't know enough yet to have a preference--though I have read about Canon's STM lenses which are highly touted for AF and video. I have primarily been considering the Nikon d5200/5300 and the Canon T5i or possibly the Canon 60D, so I would like to hear from people who can comment on the usability of these or similar models, e.g., the ease of making manual adjustments. I really like the Canon touchscreen, but the lack of WiFi is annoying (and the 60D lacks [edit: a touch] screen). The Nikon has the opposite set of features--WiFi (D5300; add-on for D5200) but no touchscreen. biggest differences between the two brands in terms of quality appears to be: (1) the Nikon (D5300/5200) has better resolution and less noise at lower ISOs than the Canon (T5i) (2) the Canon T5i produces less noise at higher ISOs (acceptable to ISO 6400 vs Nikon D5300/5200's ISO 3200) (3) the Canon T5i has a much faster AF system which functions down to EV -2 compared to the Nikon D5300/D5200 which is considerably slower and only functions down to EV -1. (4) the Canon T5i does not slow down in burst mode when shooting RAW, unlike the Nikons (5) the Nikon (D5300) shoots in 1080p/60 unlike the Nikon D5200 (1080i/60) and Canon T5i (1080p/30) (6) the Nikon has more (39) focus points than the Canon (19) I am considering the D60 only because it has a faster shutter speed (1/8000) vs the other three (1/4000) and I believe it is weather resistant. I am uncertain how much moisture these other cameras will tolerate if they encounter a light rain in England. I would appreciate any feedback on ease of access to manual adjustments, especially on the Nikon but also the Canon, as well as RAW picture quality, especially in low light situations. Any suggestions for lenses would also be appreciated, but I plan to start with a kit lens or two (depending) and buying one more (under $500 if possible) for the trip (maybe a 35mm/f1.8 or f2.0?).