To be frank, originally I was figuring of getting the 550D and the 60D but decided to get the 60D due to the fact is a new camera (the feel is good). Like most ppl will say (sorry if I offend someone), most of the time is the person pressing the shutter button to get impressive shots. Also the cam dont really a part IMO, lens is doing most of the job. My friend who does photography for almost 6 years is still using his 500D (enrty level) but his skills is marvellous. So is not a matter whether what cams to get but rather get something which will bring U happiness when U hold it and shoot. Anyway good luck to your new cam purchase and do join the outings.