Originally Posted by 3s-a-charm
They are both great and will do more than you will really ever need. I bought my parents the rebel XT because I like Canon's lenses better than the Nikon ones but I'm kind of picky.
Best of luck... this is how I started and the next thing you know I've got about $80K of camera gear!
Look at the photographers row of any major sporting event, and you'll see a sea of white, Canon L series lenses.
More professional photographers prefer Canon glass - as do I. Herein lies where the real investment lies. Camera bodies come and go. The best one depends on who last released the newest model - Canon or Nikon. But you spend waaaay more in glass, so you don't really want to change your mind about which system you buy into down the road.