Canon or Nikon - Which DSLR Camera Should I Buy?
If you are interested in photography, then a DSLR might not be just a camera for you but a canvas to capture the beauty of this world. You may like to wander in the dense forest capturing wildlife, shooting weddings for lovely couples, or you just want to explore the world of photography. It doesn't matter if you are looking for an upgrade or a first DSLR of your own, the question remains the same, which one to choose between Nikon and Canon?
To give you a hand, we compared the cameras of both the brands based on the most important features photographers look for while buying DSLRs.
1. Lenses- This feature is highly dominated by Canon. Canon offers a wide variety of lenses including certain prime lenses and micro lenses, which do not have any counterpart in Nikon. Canon EF 70–200mm f/2.8 Lens is still the best available lens for professionals as well as for personal use.
2. Build quality and performance- Here, Nikon D3500 surpasses its Canon counterparts to make an amazing entry-level DSLR. It offers a resolution of 24.2MP with an ISO range of 100–25600, full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps, and long battery life. Nikon's body is best suited for landscape and street photography.
3. Ease of use- Photography is a hobby first and then a profession. To easily capture every special moment of your life in a digital frame, you should take ease of use and battery life into account. Canon body is comparatively compact than its Nikon equivalents, making it easier to handle. In terms of battery life, Nikon has a better battery rating than its counterpart.
4. Video quality- In low light conditions, Nikon performs better than Canon. It clicks sharper images because of more pixels than its counterparts. Speaking of autofocus, Canon always had autofocus motors in the lenses whereas Nikon has removed it in its entry-level DSLRs. Nikon D500 offers a better dynamic range, image quality, and ISO performance than its counterpart Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
5. Sensors- While Nikon is more focused on eliminating the optical low pass filter, Canon is more focused on megapixels. Comparing Nikon D850 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV side by side, the former has a 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS sensor with ISO of 64–25600 and the latter has a 30.4MP Full-frame CMOS sensor with ISO of 100–3200. Both the brands have great image quality. Though, you can squeeze out 9 fps by putting a vertical grip on Nikon with Nikon d5 battery. For Canon, it's 7 fps.
6. Speed- For entry-level DSLRs, Nikon offers more speed. Though, it's usually by a frame or two. For professional DSLRs, Canon offers comparatively more speed than Nikon. Some of Nikon's latest DSLRs like the Nikon D5600, have a frame rate of 60 fps against its equivalent Canon model with 30 fps.
If you are highly invested in one of the brands, then the choice is easy, go with the one you are already invested in. Both companies offer great cameras with amazing features with only minor differences. If it's your first purchase, start with deciding the usage of the DSLR. It will help you weigh the pros and cons more easily.