Well that`s it, taken the plunge. Uhm`d and ahh`d and plumped for the Canon 600D over the 550D and Nikon D5100. Days and days of internet research, some good, some weirdly bad but think the articulated screen will help my dodgy hip (38 YO) for some shots and the updated beginner interface may be a benefit. I am quite aware that the 650D is imminent and think it would be out of my price range and doubt a massive reduction in price of the 600/550D`s soo ordered today from Big Norman. Camera, 18-55mm kit lens, bag, 8gb class 10 sdhc card and extra battery for £570ish.