Hi there. I am looking to purchase my first DSLR camera and am looking to spend between 400-700 pounds. I currently use the Sony HX9V point-and-shoot which has served me very well for most of my needs whilst on holiday etc, however the one area which, although good for a compact, simply is not good enough for my needs, is the low-light capability.

I will soon be working for a local student magazine and will be asked to take high quality photographs inside nightclubs and in night-lit streets, something which the HX9V simply cannot reproduce accurately enough.

I have meticulously studied reviews of varying cameras such as the sony a-55, canon 600d and the nikon d5100 and others. I am unable to deduce from this just which camera would be the most reliable one for shooting in low-light/with varying light sources.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.