That consumer grade bodies were never made.
I don't mean any malice against anyone that has it nor am I knocking on the quality of photos it can take. I just don't like how they are being marketed as an upgrade to a P&S, when it's literally in a league of it's own.
My main gripe is that they've become affordable enough so many misinformed buyers don't really think things through before they buy. I see or get asked countless, "Should I buy the D40/40x/60 or the XT/XTi/Xs/XSi" questions without any reason WHY they are jumping into the world of DSLRs, WHAT they want to take photos of, and IF they realize a DSLR isn't nearly as simple nor comfortable to carry around as a P&S.
There's too many people buying DSLRs for the wrong reasons.
1) They automatically assume a DSLR will give them great pictures 100% of the time
2) They buy it as a gadget of the month or because everyone else is getting one
3) They buy it because they think 'sel-ca' photos will come out better
1) There's a LOT of features and functions that aren't on a regular P&S that allows taking one-of-a-kind pictures, but if they don't take the time to learn them, their pictures will most likely always be under/over exposed, blurry, mis focused, or just plain boring.
2) Sure it's great to pop it out at your next family gathering or when you're hanging out with friends, but it's uncomfortable to carry around, costs more, and it's harder to use for quick shots like you do with your P&S. Most times, these groups of people buy it, and within a month, it becomes nothing more than a large paperweight.
3) Don't get me wrong, DSLRs are GREAT for portraits, but when you're taking a photo of yourself... that's another story. It's big and bulky compared to your regular P&S, so angling it at the 45 degree angle is not easy nor recommended. Plus, even if you manage to get a decent shot, the picture will be so clear that it will show all your blemishes. For 'sel-ca' pictures, the BEST would be the old-school instant polaroid cameras. Those make ANYONE look good because they always come out overexposed and not only hide your blemishes, but makes your face look smaller. heh
It's such a diservice to the camera to be used as some kind of glorified P&S camera. That's like buying a BMW 7 series and slapping on $10 tires, the cheapest fuel, and only driving it around the neighborhood. You'll never realize it's potential.It's dishearting to see people blaming cameras or lenses for their lack of functions or features when the source of their problem is an unwillingness to invest the time and effort into learning about photography.
I'm still a newbie at photography, but I'm constantly learning new things, expanding my boundaries, experimenting, and thus resulting in gaining a more creative eye to capture something unique that is usually overlooked.
The reason I got into DSLRs is because I've always been interested in photography (I was an early P&S adopter and brought it with me everywhere I went), but never had enough disposible cash to invest more into my hobby. Now that I started my career, I'm indulging in the limitless opportunities in this amazing art
Here's my updated response to what everyone's been saying.