I definitely recommend Canon. The truth is, though, if you have friends who have cameras, you should ask them to take an afternoon with you to use their camera. They can help you and explain how to achieve different shots. Then you are able to decide between the two for yourself. Nikon is more user-friendly for beginners, but I know a lot of Pro photographers -some who prefer Canon, others Nikon, some Sony, etc. Also, this item is NOT for a camera; it is for a lens kit, because with any semi-pro grade camera, lenses are purchased separately. Good luck!