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The decision on what brand to buy is totally up to you, as they both give quite a different shooting experience and ergonomics are quite different. Best way to tell? Go into a camera store and try both brands, the one that feels the most intuitive to you is the way to go.
As for models, the Canon 500D has been discontinued but as a result should be available for quite cheap now. The D90 is over 2 years old now and while great, you might find the D3100 is a bit lighter and more versatile with its video mode. The Nikon D3100 is a great camera, so too is the Canon 550D. I would probably look at those two first.
Accessories, you need to think about what you're photographing. If you shoot a lot of landscapes, long exposures and so on, a tripod might be a really good investment. The advantage of SLRs is that you can buy different lenses to suit your photographic style too. Also think about an external flash which will give you more control over your lighting for portraits, night and low-light photography, allowing you to direct the light more appropriately. That said, each camera has a built-in flash so you might not need to look at an external one. Then you can also consider filters for the front of your lens, again, this will depend on what you plan to shoot. A circular polariser is a must for photographing in bright, beachy and sunny situations!
Hi, I am looking at getting my First DSLR and am not sure if i should look at getting a canon or nikon. I think the nikon d3100 and the d90 are in my price range. In terms of canon i was looking at eos500 or eos550. I plan to use the camera whist travelling and still would like something that is quite versatile. What else do i need in terms or accessories?
There's a few differences between those models you've mentioned - the D7000 is a crop-sensor camera, and the 5D Mark II is a full-frame camera. This means that the sensor of the 5D Mark II is physically larger than the D7000's which means it is generally able to gather more light and produce a cleaner image.
I wouldn't really compare the D7000 and 5D Mark II because of the difference in sensor size and because they are priced differently, as well as targeted towards different users.
As for the D70 you mentioned, I am assuming you mean the D700? The D70 is a very old Nikon SLR that has long been discontinued. The D700 is a full-frame SLR like the 5D Mark II and can be more evenly matched.
The Nikon and Canon shooting interface and look and feel are quite different, and especially as you are making a large investment you will need to make sure you are comfortable with the camera that you buy. If you can, head into a camera store and play around with both of them before you make your final decision.
If budget isn't a problem, I would definitely look at the 5D Mark II as it's got a better video implementation and amazing still images. The D7000 is brilliant but, as I said before, it's not really fair to compare it to the 5D as it's quite different.
As for a point-and-shoot, look at this article for some ideas: http://www.cnet.com.au/top-5-compact-cameras-339302806.htm
Hope this helps!