Thank you for the replies! My bad, It wasn't the lack of IS on the Nikon that put me off but the lack of an in camera focusing motor (AF?), which I believe the Canon has? There's so many new terms to learn that I'm getting confused
That and the Nikon lenses being more expensive.
I will have to make do with the kit lens of whatever I buy for a while as I will be pushing my budget but one thing I find confusing and will need, is a lens with a larger zoom. . . or focal length?
The S2980 has a 18X zoom and I quite like it. I understand that you can't get that kind of Zoom on a DSLR lens without spending a lot of money but I would like a lens with a larger zoom than the kit lens.
Money is an issue there, so I'd be leaning towards the camera with the cheaper lens options. . . . but I would have to balance that up against quality. For example, if the canon lens was cheaper but produced lesser quality pics than the Nikon that was slightly more expensive - I'd have to consider the Nikon. If there is no gain in image quality, then the camera with the cheaper lens system is what I'd go for.
Actually going to a shop that sells cameras so that I could see how they feel is a problem for me as I live in a rural area. it would involve a 200 mile round trip, so I'm having to do all me research online and will probably spend another couple of weeks reading various forums and review sites before making a final decision.
I haven't looked in to the D5100, thanks - I'll look that one up now