How do you decide on a brand/model for your 1st dSLR?

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How do you decide on a brand/model for your 1st dSLR?
Mar 27, 2011

I am hoping to purchase my first dSLR but am completely confused on which brand/model would be best for me. Also is it best to buy a body and a separate lens rather than one with a basic lens included? A sightly more compact model would be an advantage. I was looking at something like the Canon 500D or 550D but would welcome some advice. How does IQ etc compare between a dSLR and something like a panasonic GF2?

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