Due to the pain involved with squash and biking I have decided to take up a less physical hobby and return to photography. I have not had a proper camera for about 20 years now. Obviously this was a film camera.

So I have signed up at the local college for a 10 x 2 hour dSLR beginners course (90) and now I need to get a camera. My total budget for everything is 1000 (course, camera, software, bags,extras etc) although I could stretch this if I had to.

I have read a few reviews and they all seem to say "Decide what you want from the camera then....." but I am not really sure what I want at the moment.

So I am thinking that Canon EOS 550D is what I want. Is this is sensible choice for a first dSLR? If I get bored with photography will I be able to sell it and get most of my money back? Will I outgrow it if I get seriously interested?