Hello Gordon and Tombomba,
Thank you very much for you reply.
My budget is within 1000$ may be + or - 200$.
Actually, Im based out in India. Here not many good stores sell Canon or Nikon DSLR. The very few who sell say that they cant open the seal of the Box and if opened then i need to buy it out. More over the price is very high compared to that of US market. Here they sell Canon 400D with 18-55mm kit for 42000Rs ( 1050$) and Nikon D40x for 800$. This is why i'm planning to buy the cam in US thro a friend of mine.
I tried Nikon D80 and D40 which belongs to a friend of mine today. I felt D40 to be very small in my hands. That too with 18-135mm Lens, the body seems to be smaller than the lens. He was also saying that Nikon produces much sharper pics than Canon. Is it really so? What im looking for in a dslr is sharper and well balanced colorful output.
Like i said before, Im new to photography and in the proces of learning. As of now Im very much interested in landscape and portrait photography.