Canon or Nikon: Which Will I Choose?

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.–Dorothea Lange

For starters, I want to thank everyone who has left me comments here helping me out. It’s great that there are so many people out there willing to give advice, and you have all been very helpful.

What I want to talk about today are the two cameras that it pretty much boils down to for me. I’ve heard from a couple people that it’s not so much the camera that matters, as the person operating the camera; and what that person sees. That’s great, but not really something that helps my decision a whole lot! =) I’m looking to make this my full time career. I’ve dreamt about nothing else since I was 12 (so you’d think I’d know a little bit more than I do!!) and the camera is very important to me.

My choices before were pretty much just between the Nikon D3000 and the Nikon D5000. What it really boiled down to in the end (between these two) was budget. I really wanted the Nikon D5000, so I was pretty much sold. I’m very stubborn when it comes to making up my mind on something I want! (It’s all in the genetics!! lol) So I would much rather wait an extra week or month or two, and then get the camera I really wanted.

Then I just happened to get a comment from someone whose tips I have come to value quite a bit, as it seems there’s a lot of experience there. He told me to check out this page that had the Nikon D5000 vs its “archenemy,” the Canon EOS Rebel T1i. It’s a head to head review between the camera I have wanted for months now (the Nikon D5000, in case you already forgot) and this Canon that has really begun to worm it’s way between me and my previous choice!

So I checked out the website, and within the first paragraph and a half I was sold on this Canon! But as I continued to read, there were more and more points that just made it harder to choose between the two. To be honest, I think the logical choice would be to go with the Canon. Although I’ve never been much of a Canon fan, I’m starting to like them more and more. There is this point and shoot camera I am absolutely in love with, and I can’t wait to get that one too!! It’s the Canon PowerShot SD780, and it’s great!! But anyways, back to my point! There are a lot of great features on both cameras, and I hate having such a hard time making a decision. So check out the website, and leave me some feedback!! Which camera would you choose??

Here are my favorite points on both cameras::

Nikon D5000

  • $50 less expensive than the Canon
  • Rotating LCD screen
  • Shoots 4 frames per second
  • HD movie recording
  • lots of Advanced Scene modes (the cheaters way, I know) lol j/k
  • Live View shooting
  • In-camera image editing
  • Battery life is slightly longer

and then, there’s the

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

  • 1080p movie mode
  • ISO sensitivity up to 12,800
  • 15.1 megapixels
  • larger image area
  • 3″ monitor size
  • larger monitor resolution
  • exposure modes
  • live view
  • depth of field control
  • smaller and lighter than the D5000

As you can see, my list is slightly longer on the Canon, so it just makes more sense to get that one. Yet at the same time, just a few little features I was so looking forward to are hard to let go of! Such as all the in-camera editing options, and, of course, the screen that rotates. I may have made my decision, but it’s currently not set in stone. Again, I ask, now that I’ve narrowed my search down, what do you think? Which camera would you go with?



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