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1. Posted by ushi (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

Hey! Canon eos400D or Nikon D80.. Which one do you think is better and why?? Want to buy one of these two, but cant decide which one..
Any info is welcome... tnx.. Urshka

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 9y

As far as picture quality goes, I don't think there's any real difference - they're both awesome cameras which will take wonderful photographs. (There's some difference in that Canon's images usually come out of the camera with a more 'processed' look, which some people prefer and others don't, but you can change the settings for both to do it the other way.)
What I suggest you let make the choice is holding both cameras in a real world store, and taking a few photographs with them, seeing which camera fits your hand better, how you like the placement of the controls and things like that. A lot of people (myself included) say Nikon has the edge in ergonomics, especially with these entry-level DSLRs, but everyone differs there, and you might prefer the Canon.

Beyond that, the Canon should be cheaper, but the Nikon is more full-featured, with better build quality, actual spot metering, a nicer viewfinder and little things like that (nothing which in itself would make the choice, but they do add up to be worth the extra in cost).

The conclusions of the reviews of the two cameras at dpreview say much the same:
Nikon D80:

The last issue is price, or value for money. In my opinion, its customization, performance, build quality, comfort and design are worth the price difference between it and the competition. Having said that Nikon may struggle 'in stores' to fight Canon's (aggressively priced) EOS 400D ($200 is quite a big difference). If you're a more discerning photographer who can see the advantages offered by the 'all round' D80 you may well consider the extra money well spent.

Canon 400D:

Where does the EOS 400D come up short? For me, the camera isn't as comfortable to use as the Nikon or Sony. This may sound petty but I do feel that Canon's tiny grip is a mistake of form over function. Nor does it have the D80's large and bright pentaprism viewfinder, nor can it match the 'eye on the scene' feel you get from the short viewfinder black-out time. The D80 also gives you the surprisingly useful configurable automatic ISO, spot metering, a wider range of customization, wireless flash control, advanced battery information and in-camera retouching.

And finally, as I said above, they're both awesome cameras, and whichever one you get, you can be assured that you didn't make the 'wrong' choice. :)

3. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Hey Urshka,

I have an EOS 400D and I absolutely love it. I've used both Nikons and Canons in the past and as well as feeling better to hold (which is a big thing for me) I find the Canons more intuitive to use and easier to change settings quickly - very important if you see that killer shot that's not going to be around for long.

As Sander says there's not much difference between the two machines as far as picture quality goes. Another thing which could sway your decision is whether any other family members or friends have Canon or Nikon so you can borrow their lenses hehe!

To be honest the best way to choose between these two is probably to go to a camera shop and actually hold both of them - you will feel more comfortable with one almost instantly - for me the Nikon was a bit too cumbersome.

Also if you're just going to go with the kit lens to start with, I'd be tempted to say go for the 400D as the 18-55 EF lens that comes with it is - apparently - slightly better than the kit lens on the Nikon.

Either way you'll get an excellent camera, but I couldn't fault my 400D, so there's a personal recommendation.



4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 9y

Chris: the Nikon D80 comes with the 18-135, which, although the reviews weren't as supremely pleased with it as with the awesome 18-70 that came with the D70, is supposed to be a very decent lens indeed.

It's only the Nikon 18-55 that came with the D50 that's as much of a cheapy throw-away lens as the Canon 18-55 is.

That said, ushi, with both cameras I'd seriously recommend getting them body-only and getting a better than default lens to go with it.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 12:08 PM by Sander ]

5. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 9y

I bought a D80 right before Christmas, and I can just say I'm pleased! Very pleased indeed.

I've used both Canon and Nikon before - but I always end up with thinking Nikon is in all ways superior. With a great feeling of build quality as well as the very customizable features I cannot say I miss anything on the D80 - exept maybe support for the really old Nikkor lenses. But most people don't ever use these old ones - so for you it probably wouldn't be a problem.

With the Canon I experience as much image-quality as with the Nikon, and it's cheaper too, but that same SLR feeling isn't there. People may call me a Nikon-fan and blame me for being obsolete in the question - but it really is a widely recognized issue. The Nikon has a better feeling - and I'd say it gives you better pictures.

But hey - that's me ;)