They're two very capable cameras. The Nikon has the better auto-focus for tracking moving objects and the Canon has the better high-iso(better for low light shots without a flash). The lens suggestions would be the Nikon 55-200VR or the Canon 55-250IS. I would also think about, later if desired, a 50mm F1.8 lens for indoor shots. They're very cheap, around $100.
If you plan on only getting two lens and not delving into photography much then let me make this more difficult. With your needs I'd probably buy the Pentax k-x over both of those cameras. It has more features and better high iso's than both of them. That's what I'd do and I shoot Canon.
My self and my wife need your input. We have decided to break away from point and shoot cameras and venture into entry level SLR cameras.
We have narrowed our choice down to 2 different cameras...We went to a camera shop yesterday and cannot come up with which one to go with
These are the 2 we are considering
Nikon D3000 or a Canon SX Rebel
Being that they are so close we need some input on which. Does one have better photo quality etc. I know that the Nikon has a guide interface and the Canon has live view but we have no idea if that is something we need or not. That being said we are beginners at SLR cameras.
As far as lenses go we may buy one more.. something like a 50-200
that will be purchased no matter which one we choose. However we will not be going into many lenses just the one that comes with it and the 50-200
Also the 50-200 we will be looking at the $200 range. So any input on what lense to get would be super.
Any other help you can give would really help us out