WOW, thank you! I am an amateur looking for my first DSLR, and I've had the hardest time making up my mind on which one. I am attracted to these insanely expensive, high resolution, tons of 'bells and whistles' type cameras, but I can't afford them. Your review made me realize I would be wasting my money on one of those anyway since I need to LEARN how to use a DSLR first! If I got a high-end, 18mp (or the 24+mp Sony has for a billion dollars) then I'd get stuck with a very expensive paper weight I wouldn't know how to use, and if I did use it, I'd just learn to use it like my P&S camera, which would be just plain silly.
You really hit the nail on the head with this review for me--you speak to consumers like me who need the "first DSLR" with training wheels, so to speak. I have suspected for a while that getting a 12-14 mp DSLR to start with might be wise, and then *maybe* invest in a more advanced model if I become rather skilled and find myself using it more frequently and in more advanced ways and you've convinced me this is a wise plan. Thank you so much!