canon or nikon camera

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Billy5860, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    i cant decide between either the canon s500 or the nikon 5400. which is a better made camera canon or nikon. which has better lenses. how much of a difference is there beween 4 megapixels and 5
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Any difference between 4 and 5 megapixels will be more than made up for by a quality lense. Nikon has a great reputation when it comes to lenses -- and comparing these two cameras, the Nikon as a 4X optical zoom, whereas the Canon has a 3x (if that's at all important). The Canon is more compact, which might be important to you.

    I doubt you'll be unhappy with the Nikon -- but I'm sure others will weigh in on the side of the Canon.
     
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    absolut_mac

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    A matter of personal choice

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other. In other words, there is very little overall difference between them.

    Which is right for you?

    Go to a store and handle both of them, what feels comfortable in my hand might make you feel as if you have two left hands. Also check out their menus and options. Both Canon and Nikon occasionally make software that is counter-intuitive and a real pain to use. My Nikon N60 was exactly like that, that's why I dumped it after short time.
     
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    LaMerVipere

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    I only buy Canon digicams.

    They are made exceptionally well, and I have purchased 8 Canon digicams in my day and none had a single problem and all operated absolutely beautifully. Also, they look so sexy, especially the elphs! :) Not to mention that the menu's are very easy to use and intuitive.

    Now, not that I have anything against Nikon, i love their film cameras, but their digital cameras (unless you're talking high-end SLR's which cost thousands) have always left something to be desired. I've owned 2 and both had to be sent to Nikon for repairs. (though it should be noted once returned they worked perfectly) Their menu's aren't as easy to use as Canon's, and their cameras are plastic as opposed to Canon's sleek metal cases.

    I would advise you to go with Canon, you will never regret a Canon digicam purchase, the optical zoom is a minimal difference, you probably will never notice. Also, though the optics in both Nikon and Canon cameras are pretty much equal, go to a few digicam review sites and you'll find that Canon's deliver truer to life colour and sharpness. :)

    But in the end it's up to you, great sites to check out (or at least my fav's)

    http://www.dcresource.com/ (my fav, he uses Macs :p )
    http://www.dpreview.com/
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/
     
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    aswitcher

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    Dont forget to check http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/cameras.html
    I note the Canon is not officially listed as supported, but all Canons get supported and I imagine its pretty close to the s400...but you might want to explore this a little more.
     
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    LaMerVipere

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    Yes, all Canon digicams are supported by Mac OS X. :) Compatibility is not an issue when it comes to Canon & Mac!
     
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    Counterfit

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    I agree 100% here. It's my personal belief that whether you go Canon or Nikon, you won't be disappointed (assume you pick the right model), and that all bickering about which is better is completely pointless.
     
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    aethier

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    my dad had a coolpix 990 back in the day (like three years ago) and gave it to my mom, when he purchases a 5700.. it is an amazing camera, the form factor isn't that large, and it fits nicely in your hand, the picture quality is amazing too. go nikon

    aethier
     
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    I have to agree. I also have a 5700, wonderful camera. I know a few other folks with various models of the cool pix line, all are very happy. Check out dpreview.com, they do great in-depth reviews and you may also find other cameras in your price/feature range.

    One more note, for me optical zoom became a big issue. My first digital only had 2 or 3x optical zoom. I found it inadequate when photographing landscape (vacation pictures). Go for a large optical zoom.
     
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    LaMerVipere

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    Please go with Canon, you won't regret it! Read user reviews on both of these cameras from Yahoo! Shopping or something, the Canon makes people far happier. :)
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    I just got a canon PowerShot S50 5 megapixel from macmall a few weeks ago. You might want to consider that model. It was 388. I originally was on the same track as you... S400 or S500, but amazon ran out of stock on the S400 and I thought the S500 was a bit pricey. Then I checked out the S400 at best buy, and I didn't even like the design in person, although I thought it looked nice online. The S50 is a bit bulkier, not too bulky, but it feels nice. I believe amazon stocked it for 388 the day after I bought from macmall, which is a great deal because they offer free shipping as well as no tax. Thats my 2 cents, but either canon or nikon are nice.
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    Personally I am a nikon fan. I have a nikon coolpix 5700 and I think it is a very nice digital cam. If you are at all thinking that you might really get into photography though I would consider a the new nikon D70. Granted the D70 is more expensive then any of the above mentioned camera ($1300 w/ lens). I think it is well worth it and am planning on getting one this weekend.
     
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    Inspector Lee

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    I've got a Canon G1 - solid camera. If you've whittled it down to Canon or Nikon you can't lose. They are both very good camera makers.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    Good cameras dont make a good photographer, but its sure nice to own a nice camera. Pop down to the shops and spend some time playing with them. Ask the sales staff take a few shots with either camera burn a CD, take it home look at. Spend some time and you wont be disappointed.
     
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    Spyharpy

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    I just ordered the S500 pack (extra battery, case & camera bag) from Costco.com. I currently own a Canon S45 (which I'll be selling soon) and had zero problems with it. I wanted a very portable and thin camera that would equal my S45 and the S500 fit the bill. My brother did the same and he's very happy. My sister also has an S45 and is extremely happy with it. Given the S500 lacks a few features the S45 has (and rarely use) I won't miss my S45.

    When it comes to buying a digital camera, play with the models you want to buy at a store and see which one works for you and has the features you want.
     

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