What camera should I get?

I'm thinking of getting into the photography game, it has really appealed to me for a few months. My question is, what camera should I get? I'm thinking of getting the Sony NEX-5R as it seems to have the best price/value ratio.
I'm also considering the 600D (T3i). Which one would you recommend? Or do you recommend something else?
Picture quality goes first for me.
To note: I'm on a limited budget, so not more expensive than those two, and I also need good access to manual control such as shutter speed, aperture and manual focus, whithout having to dig trough menus.

UPDATE: I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the 600D. I'm going to buy it with the 18-55mm kit lens and probably at a later moment upgrade to the 50mm f/1.8.

UPDATE 2: So yeah, I'm sitting here looking at my 600D, with its kit lens on. Really satisfied with the camera! I'm going to save up some money and get the 50mm f/1.8 in a while. Couldn't get by with just the 50mm.