Looking into getting and DSLR, I know there are lots of awesome photographers here. I am looking at about $500 max, so the options are pretty limited.
I have done some research that says Nikon will take little better pictures but a Canon will do 1080p video better. I am sure this is a vast over simplification. There are a couple of deals on at Wal-Mart that are pretty good on the Canons. This one on Bestbuy looks pretty good too!