I'll start by apologising for being so self obsessed as to bore you with my deliberations.
The background for those that are new and haven't been bored already, I'm about to buy a DSLR - there, I've said it, so I now have got to, haven't I?
It has to have a tilty. twisty LCD screen and of course live view, because I'm a spectacular wearer and I'm used to a point'n'shoot with effectively full time live view, so the LCD, when I can see it, wins out over peering into a V/F. Plus I like to take pics from odd angles (high, low, over fences, etc.) and my old bones aren't as bendy as they used to be.
Nikon D5000, Olympus E-620, both due out any second, or the much older Sony A350.
Money is a consideration, if I spend on this, there's less for the whole family for replacing ageing cars and boilers, etc. should they break, but we won't starve.
However, I do not want to buy new camera + lens(es) and find I am unable to take the range of pics I can with my current Fuji S6500; 6MP, 28 - 300mm with macro and focuses almost to the front element, fixed LCD is 2.7" and 230k dots, a hard act to follow (for only £150).
Leaving aside that they're all pretty much same size physically and everything else that's common to all three (e.g. spare batts at £50-60, flash at £190), the differences are:
Price options: 1) = matches my current lens range (exc macro), 2+) betters, 0) worsens
1) Body + 18-200 = £750
2) Body + 18-250 = £780
3) Body + 16-105 + 75-300 = £865
Cheap, half the price of Nikon for the body, leaving much more for lenses.
In body VR/IS
Vert grip available.
14MP vs 12MP for the other two.
Only has a tilting screen, so useless if shooting portrait format low down.
Also lower spec on: noise, buffer size, shooting fps, AF points, non-std hotshoe.
2 - 2.5 fps
Kit lenses not well regarded
0) Body + 18-105VR = £820
1) Body + 18-200VR = £1250-£1300
2) Body + 18-105VR + 75-300VR = £1280
3) Body + 16-85VR + 75-300VR = £1610
Bottom hinged LCD which twists to either side or front (but underneath, so not if on tripod)
Much larger range of lens available; both Nikon and/or 3rd party, thus more likely to find a match for performance against price I can afford, I hope.
Shoots movies (I have been known to use this)
Intervalometer for time lapse
4 fps for upto 5 RAW images in buffer
I can use my old 50/f1.8 prime on it (manual focus)
No vert grip available or possible
If RAW format is not same as D90, may not be able to use ACR for RAW initially
18-55 kit lens not well rated
VR in some lenses only
No metering with old prime?
1) Body + 14-42 + 40-150 = £699 online, £799 shop
2) Body + 14-54 + 75-300 = £1430 ("mind the gap")
Side hinge LCD which twists to either side or front (sticks out at left side)
Can match my lens focal length range with the two kit lenses plus body for say £699.
In body VR/IS
Vert grip available
By far the least range of lenses and they're expensive for anything decent
4/3 format with a bit smaller sensor
If RAW format is not same as E-30, may not be able to use ACR for RAW initially
Shops? (e.g. do I avoid Jessops in case they go bust?)
Can you guess which I'd really like?