Canon Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D5000 H2H

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Rich Christie, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Rich Christie macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2009
    Comparison review between the two top sub-$1000 d-slrs:

    The Canon comes out with more detail, obviously higher resolution, and 'punchier' color, but the Nikon has better noise levels and controls they say. Users seem to disagree by the number of votes.
  2. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
  3. butterfly0fdoom macrumors 6502a

    Oct 17, 2007
    Camp Snoopy
    Most of the users agree, but it seems to just be on the basis that there's more megapixels, I'm sure. That's often the case.
  4. azboricua macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2009
    I got the D5000 just yesterday, I held the T1i at the store and it felt so unnatural to MY hand.
  5. SelfMadeCelo macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2008
    Tulare, CA
    I bought the D5000 back in August and I love it. The T1i felt weird in my hands too.
  6. Saladsamurai macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    I recently bought the T1i. Fortunately for me, I have never held another DSLR, so the feel never played a factor.

    I did however do a 'side by side' comparison online with the D90. I am happy with my purchase. It is my first DLSR and for the price I think it should make a great starter camera.
  7. rekud300 macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2009

    Tested Sony A330, Canon and D5000.

    1st time with DSLR and ended up purchasing the D5000. Felt more comfortable in my hand, and controls/settings seemed easier to understand and use on the fly. Didn't like the Sony A330 at all, controls seemed all over the place.

    I liked the LCD on the D5000 best out of the three as well.

    As far as picture quality, couldn't say as of now.

    Used to do film photography years ago and got away from it. Coming back is a whole different ball game as far as technology, but a lot more fun with instant feedback of photos.

    Newbie on the thread as well, and a lot of good and interesting information.

    Regardless, ends up being to each own's comfort and liking.
  8. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I'm planning to by the T1i tomorrow, seriously considered the Nikon 5000 but for some reason the Canon seemed more appealing.

    Which one would be easier to use I'm not sure though?
  9. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    The ergonomics are different, with differing people preferring Nikon over Canon though Nikon tends to win more often than not in terms of pure ergonomics (I'd say it's at least 60/40 and maybe as much as 70/30) though in recent years Canon has added more single-function buttons to their high-end camera where that used to make a huge difference. On the low end, both companies rely more on menus than buttons to keep costs down, so it depends a lot on what you shoot and how. For a total beginner though the differences are probably close to nothing, as there's no baseline to unlearn.

    The first body isn't as important as the line in terms of ergonomics- so try to use 2-3 bodies at different price points to get an idea of what's the same on a line- you're going to be getting a newer body sooner or later and it's going to be similar to the ones made by that manufacturer.
  10. butterfly0fdoom macrumors 6502a

    Oct 17, 2007
    Camp Snoopy
    Ease of use is completely subjective, you'd be best off trying out the bodies in person.

    The xxxD series feels weird for my hands, and I have small hands.

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