For your target price I would look at the Canon 350D XT or the Canon 400D XTi.
A bright lens is needed.
You can get a 50mm f/1.8 Canon lens for about $80.
Now if you want a bright lens (f/2.8) for wide angle and zoom,
the lens will cost over $1,000.
Can you all help me to decide what professional camera would be good in lo light settings...very dark. Quick shutter time.
I do have the Fuji F30 which is wonderful in lo-light/dark settings, but I want a professional camera to take telephoto and wide angle shots. I am a belly dancer, and when I go to the shows to support my fellow dancers, the clubs are dim, lo lighting. I would like to take professional pictures with fast shutter speed in action in the lo light setting. What camera would be better, Canon or Nikon and what style number?