I was inspired to buy a DSLR about 18 months ago by the quality of a friend's photos taken using the basic Canon DSLR, can't remember which one. I'd previously used a Nikon SLR, then a compact digital and the pictures from the Canon were so much better than the compact. I decided to research the market and narrowed it down to, guess what, Nikon or Canon. I went to the shop and decided the Nikon felt a little better in my hands, plus I'd been happy with the Nikon before so I bought the D60. It's a good camera but I've not been 100% happy. I probably would have been if I hadn't seen the Canon pictures, but the colours seem very saturated and vivid to me, and even with some post processing I can't get them quite the way I want. Now a family member has bought a Canon 450D and taken some pictures of the Lake District in the snow and once again I thought Wow! Those colours are beautiful! It's not something I see mentioned in comparisons between different brands, and in advice on choosing which one to get, but it seems to me that the different cameras/brands treat the colours differently and that it is a matter of taste which one is preferred. Would anyone else like to comment?