(I need to take photos of something other than dogs.
I was looking at a £600+ body of a Canon (EOS 600D). I guessed that it would cost me more if I wanted a lens with it.
I've found a few 'cheap' Canons, meaning with the same-ish price as the D3100 Nikon (which was doable for me), but the fact that a few people have complained about needing
more than one lens kind of put me off. I know there are Nikon and Canon users here, and I've read no complaints, but the majority of Canon people I've talked to have mentioned lenses with Canons willingly without prompting. I have other things to spend my money on which I've managed to put off for a few months while I saved the £450 for the Nikon, that I won't be able to put off while I save for other lenses.
Despite the difference in price, the Canon I was eyeing up was more advanced, and, as I said, I wanted a more basic camera this time. I doubt I'd have gone for a Canon this time, even if I wasn't worried about lenses and prices. I have a friend who has a Canon (EOS 1100D) that he can't take outside because it's faulty, and powers down when too cold.
I've only looked into Canons a little bit though, because I decided on a Nikon fairly quickly. The friend with a Canon hasn't complained, or even mentioned anything, about the lenses, but all he's had to work with has been flash photography. The few photographers I've met have said that, with the right lenses, Canon is better quality than Nikon (proper use, obviously, needs to be applied along with a lens suitable fo whatever you're photographing), and Nikon photos are only as good as the photographer.
I agree that the photographer is what makes the photo, but you can only get as good a picture as the camera will allow. If you're using a little point and shoot, chances are, you'll only get a good amount of bokeh on macro shots, whereas with an SLR, you're more likely to get the bokeh in portrait and action mode, as well as macro. Obviously, that's just an example, and it always depends on the person taking the picture.
I'm not sure I can add anything else, because I'm not sure of anything else, other than the fact the camera you get does just depend on your personal preference.
Deb, I'm glad you liked the tongue shots. I realised yesterday that I had a multi-frame setting, LOL. Without it, I doubt I'd have had any photos to post. I love manual focus. I can't stand using the autofocus mode. I'm still learning about exposure and whatnot, so I'm not totally a manual-photographer yet. I'll get there in the end.
Phyrie, I've always thought the opposite. I've seen some real gnarly priced Canons, and what they address in the downloadable manuals give me a headache.