For newbies who are still debating over the Nikon D60/40/40x and Canon 400D/450D. There's a canon 1000D coming out soon! I've been to Europe for the release and trust me, it's SMALL. Though its a little pricy, its really small, light and goot for PNS photographers venturing into DSLRs. It's really good for amateur female photographers too. all your 4 fingers would fit comfortably onto the grip. BUT, for the guys. Your little pinky would be hanging around like the 400D =/
My take on the 1000D for the expensive price.
For the record, canon has not stated its well "reason" for the 1000D