After shooting (or rather, trying to shoot) a volleyball game on Tuesday, I found out that pretty much my two choices with my Sony DSC-H2 were either bright and blurry or dark and grainy.
For reference, anything above ISO 100 is pretty much unusable since the photos resemble crappy cell phone photos. Outdoor photos are pretty good though.
So that got me thinking about a DSLR. I've been thinking about one for a while, but I'm not a professional photographer and I'm on a college student budget so I never really looked into it. If I get one, it'd just be a toy since I don't plan on selling any photos or anything. That and I'd have to get over the slight guilt because if I buy one, I won't be able to afford the birthday present I wanted for my sister (don't tell her I said that though).
But it is really frustrating when you're trying to take photos and they all suck. I took 243 photos at that game, and maybe 10 are usable.
Now that I'm looking into it more, I have an interest in the Nikon D3000 and D3100, and the Canon XS and T1i. I (currently) don't have brand preference. Since I'm not that well educated on DSLRs, the only things I'd prefer is if I can see how good a photo came out on the LCD screen (my DSC-H2 sucks for that; I usually zoom in all the way and scroll around the picture to see how good it is) and if it can shoot indoors without a flash half-decently.
I read that Canon has a better market for glass, but again, I'm open to hear other options. I'm not sure if shooting 720 or 1080P video is necessary (I took about 3 videos in the 4 years I had my DSC-H2), but I suppose it'd be nice so I don't have to bring a camcorder everywhere as well.
Again, I'm not looking for anything super fancy; just something that I can actually take decent indoor action photos with. Everything else would be a plus.