You're welcome, Lilchilichoco.
I'm glad you find my replies helpful, Lilchilichoco. :) However, I don't think my knowledge about different DSLR-cameras is deep enough, to give you advice about which one to choose. I feel I still have a lot to learn too... :o
What I personally use to do, when I'm going to buy something like a camera or the like, is reading reviews about the thing in question. Like if it's about a camera, I read what the reviewers think about the different cameras and also look at the sample photos they have taken. I try to find out how the camera performs in the field(s) of application I plan to use it. Then, I try to decide what camera would fit my needs the best, considering the money I can spend on it. But when it comes to DSLR-cameras, different lenses can affect the image quality more or less also. So that makes it more complicated, to choose a DSLR and a lens that will make you happy with the result altogether.
I don't know what review sites for digital cameras you know about, but here are the ones I know, that I think are good:
www.dcresource.com (this one!)
www.cyberphoto.se (Swedish and Finnish only...:rolleyes: They test and sell cameras, lenses and other accessories - I bought my S3 on the Swedish site, BTW)
You know how much you want to spend on your camera. That helps narrowing down your options. Now, you can look for and read reviews of cameras around that price. Read the the reviews carefully and look carefully at the sample photos. Compare the different cameras and the sample photos taken with them. Also note what lens they have used. If they have used a kit lens (that you get with the camera in some of the packages), and you think the image quality seems OK, then it might be a good idea to buy the camera with that kit lens. It could be a good start and, as I understand, you use to get a bit lower price than if you'd buy the camera and lens separately.
I beleive the lenses you use with a DSLR can affect the image quality pretty much. But if you want to take a lot of night photos, you probably want to choose a "fast lens", as they call it. That's, as far as I understand, a lens that has a low lowest aperture value (it has a large largest aperture opening), if you see what I mean? :o Again, I'm no expert in this area, but I would guess that a large largest aperture opening (for a lens used for night photography) would have an F-number of 2.0 and smaller. However, if you plan to shoot in complete darkness, without a flash...I'm not sure any lens would be sufficient...:p
There are third party lenses that might be cheaper than original brand lenses (for example, original brand lenses for Canon cameras are Canon lenses - third party lenses are brands like Tamron and Sigma, they are manufacturers that make lenses for different camera brands).
For night photography, you will probably also want a camera that has as little noise as possible at high ISO values. So this might be a priority for you, when choosing your camera.
Another thing that can help you decide what camera to buy, could be the design. By this, I mean the design and layout of the different controls and menues the camera has. Do the control buttons and knobs seem easy to understand and use to you? Do they seem to be well placed on the camera for your needs? Do the different menues seem understandable and easy to use to you? These things can be important to think about as well.
Decide first what is most important to you, in a camera (price?). Then, find a few cameras that have those qualities. Then, continue and decide what is second most important and narrow down your selection further (size or noise level at high ISO?). Continue like this and, finally, you will (hopefully) have found the camera that best fits your needs (considering the price you can afford).
When you have come this far, it's time to start all over again, when deciding what lens(es) (and/or other accessories) to buy! :D Don't forget you need to include at least one lens with the price are you willing to pay, too! A DSLR-camera without a lens is not of much use...
In short - the DSLR world is pretty complex. And the more you learn, the more complex it gets...:eek: But a good way to start learning, is to ask other people what they know and think - like you have. But! Try also to read reviews and look at sample photos taken with the cameras and lenses you are wondering about. Then try to find out which camera and lens(es) that will be the best choice for you. Maybe visit stores and hold them and try them hands-on, if possible. Maybe they will even let you take some own sample photos with them, that you can compare at home on your computer later?
There is probably no camera and lens combination that is completely perfect for you in every way. So you'll have to decide which one will be the best compromise.
Maybe you have done all these things already (read and compared reviews and sample photos etc.)? In that case, I'm sorry I couldn't help you any further. Still, you're the one who has to make the final decision. You're the only one who can find out what will be the best choice for you. No matter how much advice and suggestions you get, you will most likely still have at least a couple of choices left to choose between.
It seems to me, that you have done a pretty good job already, learning about different cameras and lenses. You even know what kind of lenses they would need, as it seems! I think you know more about it than me already! :D Maybe you just need some time to think and let your thoughts and impressions about the different cameras and lenses settle down in your brain? Then, the camera and lens(es) that seem like the best choice for you, will surface sooner or later. :)
So...another LONG reply from me! Whew! I think my fingertips are starting to get sore...LOL
I wish you VERY GOOD LUCK, 3PCG - Photography Passionate Phone Cam Girl! :)