I'll be the first to admit that I don't know much about cameras so bear with me.
To give you a better idea of where I am coming from.... the camera is for my mom. She has some pretty good non-digital cameras but wants to "upgrade" to a digital. I'm also not too worried about price but would like to keep it under $1000.
We are going on a trip up to Ketchikan for Labor Day weekend to go fishing (so I need a good camera that can take high quality outside pics with the option to get real close through the lens--high MP's and solid amount of zoom). She wants to get it before the trip so she can practice with it and all of that stuff. Completely understandable. She wants a camera that has great picture quality and can "zoom in real far". (she is good with cameras and the lingo but I think she dumbs it down for us so we don't stand their and nod and smile every now and then.) I was looking at the EOS Rebel T1i (Canon) and the D5000 (Nikon). The D90 is getting a little steep, price wise, for my taste and the D60 has a couple less MP than the 5000. I don't even know if those are my best options for those 2 specifics she mentioned but she specifically mentioned both Nikon and Canon so that's why I was focusing my search to that area. Also...if you recommend a camera to me, maybe throw me a bone with an additional lens rec too?
I assume the "zooming in real far" part comes with the lenses. OTOH, I have also seen fantastic reviews of the T1i (looking at this one instead of the Xsi due to less complaints about the T1i and if I'm going to spend that much cash on a camera I want them to be happy with it ...aka not have to worry about it being noisy, quality, and dim LCD). The only main issue I've seen from those is a short battery life. Either way, buy an extra battery and you don't have that problem.
I believe she was planning on blowing the pics up and framing them (so I guess that's where the quality/detail comes in).
Anybody have any experience with those 2 cameras above or would you recommend another camera that is on the same level as those?