I know several of you guys know a lot about cameras so I'd like to get your opinions on the matter. The wife is looking into getting an intro level DSLR. Personally, I'd like to stick with a prosumer camera (for video and live preview capabilities) ...she's mostly worried about low-light performance.
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If you want low light, then you should go Canon. Even the Rebel is better than most of the stuff that Nikon offers. I'm not trying to flame Nikon, as I like their system (the SB800 can't be beat, and screw Canon's jog wheel thingie), but in my various employments over the past few years, I've worked with most of the DSLRs these companies have produced, and for low light, Nikon is teh suxxorz. My 20D at 1600 is cleaner than a D2Xs at 800. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.
GO with the 5D if you can afford it, and the 50mm 1.4 is only around $300.00. That should keep you and her busy for awhile.
HERE is an image comparison page between the 1000D and the Nikon D60
HERE is an image comparison between the 1000D and the 450D
For ~$150 less I can deal with the image quality of the 1000D. The 450 is a bit faster and has a couple other advancements, but none that I'm that worried about. They both shoot .cr2 RAW files (which work fine in iPhoto and OSX in general) so I can probably start shooting in RAW full time.
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