Canon vs Nikon: a Financial and Consumer Comparison [INFOGRAPHIC]

Canon vs Nikon: a Financial and Consumer Comparison [INFOGRAPHIC]

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There’s nothing like a ‘Canon’ vs ‘Nikon’ discussion to get photographers going. Those with cameras from either brand love to defend their purchase…. and those with other brands always have an opinion too. So when we were offered this infographic we thought it might be a fun comparison!

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What brand do you use – are you a Canon or Nikon user or are you a fan of another brand? And why do you use the brand you use? Is it a long term thing or are you someone who flips between brands for one reason or another. Interested to hear your opinions and experience.

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  • Exactly. I am so used to shooting with Canon that shooting with Nikon feels foreign to me. I have to use a Nikon at my job and I’m just not comfortable. I get better shots with the Canon because I’m more familiar with it and comfortable using it.

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  • RORivera August 6, 2012 08:02 pm

    Growing up the first DSLR i've ever used was canon. The first DSLR i've bought was a nikon D3000. After having used both platforms I feel that when i owned the D3000 i felt that when i held it, the camera it's self felt too small for my hands. The other factor is that i didn't like how overly saturated the pictures came out during the day. after 6 months of use i decided to sell the D3000 and went back to canon. I eventually purchased the Canon EOS 7D and haven't been disappointed since. For one it felt more durable to me and that when i held the camera i felt more comfortable holding it since im able to fully grip the body without having my ring finger and pinky finger dangling on the bottom of the body. Secondly i like how the pictures came out during the day they weren't overly saturated that it looked like the colors were way to vibrant. but in all honesty, neither brand is less than or greater than the other. In my opinion each brand has its strengths as well as its weaknesses. I can't hate on those who are brand loyal but its the Fanboy/Fangirls that kill it. They are the ones who put this topic out of proportions As how many of u stated majority of the reason why you have chosen what you had purchase for your dslr was due to recommendations and the comfort you have holding and operating the camera itself . Its not about the equipment you have, it's more of how you use it.

  • kennard April 16, 2012 09:10 pm

    @ ZERO. you are on the mark. Good advice, good vision. thks from many who didn't know.

  • Zero_Equals_Infinity April 15, 2012 09:57 pm

    Harsh, the answer: It depends.

    Do you have the discretionary income, (as a student), to afford the change; and keep in mind you are also talking about a lens-set to go with it. Budget conservatively between 6K and 12K USD for a system, depending upon the type of photography you do.

    Whether to stick with Canon, you need to carefully consider what you shoot. If you shoot a lot of sports and low-light, (where frame rates and high ISO capabilities are paramount), the Canon 5D mark III is a better choice. For studio, landscape, architectural, and other types of photography where you can shoot at or near base ISO, and where 4 frames per second is fast enough, the Nikon will deliver superior results, (with optimal technique on the part of the photographer.)

    Depending on your answers to these questions, you will know what to do. Also, please keep in mind that 10 times out of 10 the skill of the photographer trumps the equipment used. Ansel Adams could, I am sure, deliver better results with a $200.00 point and shoot than 99% of us can with the best gear.

    And yes I love using high-end cameras and lenses, and have spend 23 years on this passion. In your position, I would either continue with my current kit and/or begin acquiring full-frame lenses on a 1 at a time basis as budget permits for the Canon system, unless money really is no object. Pick lenses that will enable you to do something you currently cannot. (My favourite recent lens is 24 mm tilt-shift. That lens will both challenge you photographically, and deliver incredible results for architectural and landscape images. Canon even has a 17mm tilt-shift lens which I understand is a too die for lens.) Also, buy quality 2nd hand lenses where you can to save money.

  • Harsh Panchal April 15, 2012 05:23 am

    I am a computing student, but photography is my hobby.
    Currently I am using Canon 50D but last week I have try Nikon D800 and I am bit impress with picture quality.
    Now, I am thinking to replace my Canon with Nikon D800.
    Could you please suggest me is it worth it or not?

  • satyam March 21, 2012 04:58 am

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  • Maisie February 10, 2012 02:44 am

    I've always had Nikon SLRs/dSLRs. My first SLR was a Nikon, because that's what a guy at the camera store recommended. Not knowing anything at the time, I took his advice. Once I started buying lenses, I've just stayed with Nikon bodies, and I've always been happy with them. I will probably continue to be a loyal Nikon user, but I don't think it's any better or worse than Canon. In fact, for point-and-shoot cameras, I tend to be loyal to Canon :)

  • Peter - Wedding Photographer February 9, 2012 03:12 am

    The argument over which brand is better will never finish. Just about at each shoot I go to, someone will have a different model to my camera and will start to compare to it.

    What it really comes down to is what you like to work with, a camera is a tool to capture photos. So using it and knowing all the features i more important than the brand of it.

    I use Canon all the time, but I'd be happy to use a Nikon without any problems, the outcome will still be the same, and that is an image captured by me.

  • peter January 13, 2012 07:20 pm

    the result will be roughly the same at entry level..no matter how you criticize but it will the SAME..I got my first DSLR which is Canon 550D..I am happy with it..
    good amount of lenses available both first hand and used..tones of accessories available..
    Canon provides very good after sales service and The BEST free conversion software unlike Nikon..which you have to buy to use all functions..
    I got free training program from Canon being owner of DSLR..it was quite a good learning experience..
    I am happy that it takes photo and its up to me how i want to shoot.
    Camera will do the work of capturing but imaging is our part..
    Both Nikon and Canon has advantages and Disadvantages..
    or rather i say both are the same company which is controlled by Japan Inc..

  • Lawrence Baker January 11, 2012 03:05 pm

    I started with Pentax in 1971 at the insistence of a pro photographer friend and with the knowledge that it was THE Fleet Street camera. The Takumar lenses have been consistently superb, I have a range from 28 to through to 300mm, and I still love using them on my K5. Pentax encouraged the use of it's vintage lenses and was not greedy. It was considerate of loyal Pentaxians. It's philosophy was from the heart and down to earth!
    There is an element of religion surrounding Canon and Nikon. Their products measure well, but much the same as Pentax products. The COMPETITION between them is what has delivered the astounding quality of these and other makes.
    Adapters are available to use Takumar lenses on Nikon and Canon DSLRs, and the prices that these 30-40 year old lenses fetch on eBay are testament to their quality.

  • Gilbert L. January 11, 2012 08:47 am

    Canon 5D Mark II. The full frame most sold at all times.

  • Fotografo January 5, 2012 03:32 am

    Many of you may be too young to remember, but Nikon dominated the professional camera market for many many years, Canon cameras were second class back then and press agencies gave everyone Nikons, period.
    Canon better days started when they introduced the 300mm f/2.8 telephoto lens in 1974, this lens gave photojournalists an edge, especially sports photographers that had to cover indoor sports such as basketball or hockey. This event changed the tides for both Nikon and Canon as they became far more competitive. News agencies began switching to Canon just to be able to shoot with the revolutionary 300mm lens, just as many of you out there bought a Pentax body just to be able to use the magnificent 77mm f/1.8 lens.
    Canon and Nikons are both exceptional quality cameras, and technology has brought them to the point where there's no noticeable differences that can be perceived by the naked eye, there's just no way that you can tell if a picture was made with a Nikon or a Canon, or even a Sony, Pentax or Olympus.
    So how come users become so polarized and so cult-like when it comes to brand loyalty?
    The answer is: Marketing.

  • Adam January 4, 2012 10:54 am

    I Always liked Nikon, never was interesting in Canon except my printer and scanner. My second printer broken soon after purchase as it was with first one, but I still with Canon. Friend of mine have Canon, but after our photowalk in Tokyo when he took my Nikon into his hand and saw how easier it was to operate and measure exposure he bout Nikon next week as well :-) Besdies I like wireless shooting right away without playing around with cables. As for both brands in Japan I observed that many individuals use Nikon and for weddings 98% I see is Canon. Wedding photographers in Japan always belong to company as salaried people, and company provide them with gears in most cases . I think they have deal with Canon and by their greas cheaper. I also spoke with some photographers who told me they like and privately own Nikon, but have no choice at work.
    (sent from iPhone 4S)

  • Cathy Goutierrez January 3, 2012 10:09 am

    I always had Sony cameras and loved them, but I got a new camera for Xmas and it is the Nikon D7000 and i’m in love with it.

  • Sidney January 2, 2012 04:49 pm

    I chose Canon because my family uses Canon and I can share lenses. Like others have said "it isn't the equipment, but the person behind the lense that makes the biggest difference".

  • Ronnie January 2, 2012 10:32 am

    I use Nikon. When I was studying my visual arts degree, the head of the photography department used Nikon cameras, it was Nikons that were available to borrow for assignments, so I simply got used to the controls and menus of a Nikon.

    I currently have a Nikon D90, but plan to make the jump to a D700 when I have the finances. I've invested hundreds of dollars in lenses, so there'll be no switching now. And Canon just feels awkward to me, because it's not what I'm used to.

    I've also heard that Canon tends to saturate the colours a bit more, and since I mainly shoot concerts where the lights are bright and saturated anyway, I think Nikon's more "realistic" or "faithful" colour reproduction suits what I'm doing, as there's less work to tone down the horrible bright reds!

    At the end of the day, I use Nikon, and I'm happy with it, and I know other photographers who are happy with it, too. Though my step-grandfather swears by Hasselblad, but I suppose when you drive a Mercedes, $16,000 doesn't seem like a lot for a camera...

  • David January 1, 2012 08:25 am

    Lol, I currently am thinking of ditching my Nikon gear altogether. my current favourite is Panasonics G2.
    However its irrelevant how many pixels you have guys you'll never need them! I made two photo books this year, one using images from the G2, the other with images from my Nikon D 40 which only users a 6 mpg sensor!

    6 is a bit low if you crop a lot 12 is just fine!

  • Roky December 31, 2011 07:33 pm

    what's the good DSLR for beginer????

  • dick ranez December 31, 2011 05:03 pm

    Had a Pentax system - loved the Spotmatic and they changed the mount.
    Bought a Canon system - loved the A1 and the great lenses, and they changed the mount.
    Moved to a Nikon system - great F4 and film cameras but slow to digital.
    Bought a Canon digital system - just kept getting better and better.
    Sold it all and switched to Leica. Should have done it first.

  • PLPNO December 31, 2011 02:24 pm

    Canon is to Apple where Nikon is to PC.

  • CE Jones December 31, 2011 04:19 am

    I'm a Canon User. My first SLR was a Konica. When they stopped making them, I went to a camera store and compared the Nikon to the Canon EOS, which had just come out. At that time, the Canon lens had the focusing motor in the lens. The Nikon had it in the body. The Canon obtained a focus a whole lot faster than the Nikon because of the linkage between the lens and the body. So, I went with Canon.

    Since then, I've stayed with the Canon because I know the controls. I also have professional Canon video cameras.

    As other users have mentioned though, it's not the equipment that makes a good photo. I've seen great photos from disposable cameras.

  • Perth Wedding Photographer - Prophoto August 22, 2011 12:20 am

    I have been using Nikon film & digital SLR's for many years although I did also use Contax cameras with Carl Zeiss lenses for a while. I have used many different cameras from 35mm to medium format Hasselblad’s & Rollieflex over a 30 year professional photographic career. What it made me appreciate, is that it’s not necessarily the camera that you use but it’s how you use it that matters. I would happily switch to Canon as the lenses they make are exceptionally sharp but so are Nikon lenses so if I have a shot that's not so sharp I know it’s me and not the camera (exceptions might be that you have a faulty lens but generally it’s my fault not the camera) so it is best to choose which ever system that you feel comfortable with and has the needed range of lenses and accessories.

  • Cathy Goutierrez August 20, 2011 02:00 am

    What about the new Sony DSLR, anyone with any info on this camera?

  • Aluk Sky August 9, 2011 03:53 am

    Nikon here. Better ergonomics, a system that I already know and have been using since college and, first and foremost, I absolutely abhor the way most Canon DSLRs render the darker areas of the DR.

  • Pinoy Photoblog August 8, 2011 09:33 pm

    I feel in love with my first dslr which is a Nikon camera. Since then, I didn't want to try any other brand.

  • Sue August 5, 2011 01:14 pm

    I own an Olympus E520, and I guess I'm the minority here. So far I've only met one fellow friend with an E420. I like the sharpness I get and well, mainly because I have tiny hands and this fits me the best.

    I agree with those who mentioned it earlier, it's more about the photographer's skills than the equipment. I've seen some people with all the expensive lenses and gear, and yet they don't even shoot in manual mode. :-/

  • Ceviche Eater August 5, 2011 07:35 am

    Cameras are a little like football teams - you just somehow acquire your brand without really being sure why. There are pros and cons for both Canon and Nikon - I support the former - but who really cares?

  • Marilyn August 5, 2011 04:54 am

    Honestly, I fell into Canon some years ago after having wandered, during pre-digital camera days, through many different brands and types of cameras ... including Rolliflex, Bronica, Nikon, Pentax, Leica and Olympus. Of them, I loved the Leica the most and to this day, I don't know why in the world I ever sold it. What WAS I thinking? After that, of the many 35mm SLR film cameras, I was happiest with Olympus ... unhappiest with Nikon. Maybe that impression stuck with me. It wasn't picture quality at issue. I didn't like the weight (what a clunker!) or the arrangement of controls. Then I began to drift away from serious picture taking into snap shooter mode ... and my first few P & S cameras were higher end Olyjmpus ... but they were very slow and ultimately, I found Canon. Bingo. I had found my comfort zone. Is there any logical reason why I should feel most comfortable with Canon rather than some other brand? It's entirely subjective. As I wade back into more serious photography, I just bought my first DSLR ... an entry-level Canon. Before i spend big bucks, I want to make sure that I'm going to use the camera enough to justify the expense. It's a Canon because I'm used to the way they lay out their menus and buttons and the picture quality has always been excellent regardless of the camera's price. So there you are. Whatever works for YOU is the right brand. There is no other criteria that, in the final analysis, works.

  • Tom August 3, 2011 05:22 am

    Hi Simitar,
    That's a fair comment - except for low light performance and the associated noise. The gapless lens enables the Canon to pick up more light and therefore improves its low-light performance. I am not sure how many photons you can pack into each pixel and how much the physical size really does limit the performance of the photon storage capacity. Obviously it must do so at some point as we then see the 'saturation' phenomenon that leaves highlights washed out. And Simitar - most important thing by far is to get out there, learn all the features of your camera to optimise performance and take lots of photos in a variety of conditions.
    Kind regards
    Tom

  • simatar August 3, 2011 02:15 am

    Tom,
    Are you saying the smaller pixel of Canon will collect more light than that of Nikon because it is fitted with wider/gapless microlens?

    According to experts, the individual pixel works like a bucket. The amount of light/water it can collect is limited to its size, therefore a smaller pixel/bucket will collect smaller amount of light/water.than that of a larger one.

    Micro lens of EOS550D may be larger than that of D7000 but in the end, its the size of pixel beneath the lens that will dictate the amount of light that can be stored and processed by camera, and obviously D7000's pixel are larger than that of EOS550D, so who will collect more light?

    Just my newbie thought...

  • simatar August 3, 2011 02:15 am

    Tom,
    Are you saying the smaller pixel of Canon will collect more light than that of Nikon because it is fitted with wider/gapless microlens?

    According to experts, the individual pixel works like a bucket. The amount of light/water it can collect is limited to its size, therefore a smaller pixel/bucket will collect smaller amount of light/water.than that of a larger one.

    Micro lens of EOS550D may be larger than that of D7000 but in the end, its the size of pixel beneath the lens that will dictate the amount of light that can be stored and processed by camera, and obviously D7000's pixel are larger than that of EOS550D, so who will collect more light?

    Just my newbie thought...

  • simatar August 3, 2011 02:01 am

    Tom,
    Are you saying the smaller pixel of canon will collect more light than that of nikon because it is fitted with wider/gapless micro lens?

    According to photography experts, the individual pixel works like a bucket, the amount of light/water it can collect is limited to its size therefore a smaller pixel/bucket will collect smaller amount of light/water. The micro lens fitted on top of canon may be larger than that of nikon's but in the end it's the size of pixel that dictates and obviously D7000's pixel is bigger than that of EOS 550D so who collects bigger amount of light? Of course the one with bigger bucket.

    Just my newbie thought...

  • Tom August 2, 2011 07:32 pm

    Dear Simitar,
    The Canon 550 has gapless lenses fitted above the pixels. These harvest the light that would otherwise have fallen on the amplifier part of the pixel and therefore improve efficiency to 100%. These lenses are 4.7 microns long. The Nikon D7000 does not have gapless pixels and its pixels are around 4.4 microns. So things are always more complicated than at first seems to be the case.
    While we are having this great debate - C versus N - Pentax, Sony and Samsung are surging ahead with rapid improvements in their own cameras. And top electronics manufacturer Panasonic, allied with Leica is creaming the point n shoot and mirrorless sectors. Watch for all these makers to take more market share based on great products in the next few years. I am reminded of the days of Japanese car manufacture when Toyota was way ahead in reliability, then Honda and Mazda caught them, then Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and so on. Same on the camera scene friends. Gonna get crowded with great offerings within a very few years.

  • simatar August 2, 2011 06:49 pm

    Hey, forgto to mention the EOS 550D body that I let go was made in Japan while the new Nikon D7000 that I just bought is made in Thailand eventhough purchased from the US.

    I hope the fact that the D7000 body was made in Thailand and not in Japan wouldn't make a difference in picture quality. Any of you guys had a problem with cameras made in Thailand?

    Appreciate your feedback.

  • Simatar August 2, 2011 03:43 pm

    I just upgraded from EOS 550D to Nikon D7000 and will soon find out the truth about Nikon picture quality. Theoritically, EOS 550D is better in terms of resolution having 18mp vs 16mp of D7000.

    Without considering all other features, if my D7000 pictures turns better than EOS 550D, then I'll stick with Nikon because it will confirm that Nikon's APS-C sensor which are 6%-8% larger than Canon counterpart are more efficient having been divided into fewer pixels. This is precisely the reason why Nikon produces a warmer tone, each of those 16mps are larger than each of Canon's 18mps, so the efficiency of catching light is much higher.

    A lot of newbies are really enticed by Canon's higher resolution without understanding the above principle. I was one of them when I jumped out buying EOS 550D. It was too late when I learned it. Got lucky one Canonian got interested in my stuff and bought it from me. Now I am a Nikonian. Though it will need some time to familiarize this new gear, I feel happy and comfortable with my decision to shift to Nikon.

    Happy Shooting!

  • Simatar August 2, 2011 03:41 pm

    I just upgraded from EOS 550D to Nikon D7000 and will soon find out the truth about Nikon picture quality. Theoritically, EOS 550D is better in terms of resolution having 18mp vs 16mp of D7000.

    Without considering all other features, if my D7000 pictures turns better than EOS 550D, then I'll stick with Nikon because it will confirm that Nikon's APS-C sensor which are 6%-8% larger than Canon counterpart are more efficient having been divided into fewer pixels. This is precisely the reason why Nikon produces a warmer tone, each of those 16mps are larger than each of Canon's 18mps, so the efficiency of catching light is much higher.

    A lot of newbies are really enticed by Canon's higher resolution without understanding the above principle. I was one of them when I jumped out buying EOS 550D. It was too late when I learned it. Got lucky one Canonian got interested in my stuff and bought it from me. Now I am a Nikonian. Though it will need some time to familiarize this new gear, I feel happy and comfortable with my decision to shift to Nikon.

    Happy Shooting!

  • RiceCake August 2, 2011 03:06 pm

    I chose Canon, simply because of the glass. I find Canon's L lenses are second to none.

  • conor August 1, 2011 10:37 pm

    I've used both brands.

    Canons pump out a colder, bluer tone, and Nikons produce a warmer tone. That's the only difference between the two

  • kenylus July 31, 2011 12:37 pm

    Well I have to say I'm not very experienced with photography, I'm just starting to get really into it although I've always had a passion for it. When I got my first professional digital camera it was Canon and I've stuck to them ever since although I gotta say I agree with Calvin, a good photographer can take great pictures even with a phone camera. I've seen my husband's cousin take the most amazing pictures with his iPhone camera, I gotta admit at first I thought they were taken with his Canon. I was amazed to find out they were from the iPhone; the use of the lighting was unbelievable. He was the one who recommended the Canon instead of a Nikon but I agree with most when I say the real talent it's behind the camera.

  • Jim July 31, 2011 05:42 am

    I started with a Canon EF in 1972 as a freshman in HS. I took a photography class and my dad bought me, what he thought was the best camera. We went to NYC to get it and the EF was the first automatic 35mm SLR with shutter priority. I used it for years and it still works like the day I got it.

    In 2009, after using an Olympus P&S digital camera for about 6 years, I decided it was time to get a digital SLR. My Canon lenses were not compatible with the new EOS camera's, so I had the freedom of a fresh slate to chose between Canon and Nikon. I bought a Nikon D90 and a Canon 40D for evaluation. They both took excellent pictures. I found that the Nikon had a few more "gadgets"(some in camera post-processing with filters, and video), but I liked the way that the Canon felt in my hands better and it included the Canon software (an option with Nikon). They both cost abou the same, and I wasn't interested in the "gadgets." I admit that I was a little partial to Canon from my years using my EF, but I was more comfortable with the Canon. To me the D90 was more like a Rebel and I wanted a more "serious" camera.

    I am perfectly happy with my Canon and have been investing in new lenses. Eventually I will move to a full frame body, but for now I am very satisifed with the results from my EOS 40D.

    Jim

  • Ryan July 30, 2011 04:00 am

    I am a Nikon user. For me I chose Nikon over Cannon simply because the Nikon fit better in my hand. My first DSLR was a Nikon D50. I tried the comparable Cannon camera and thought it was too small compared to the Nikon.

  • Tilen Hrovatic July 29, 2011 11:42 pm

    Awesome comparison and infographic! Really cool and informative. And Nikon is surely my favorite :) I will share this on my blog :)

  • dan July 29, 2011 03:41 pm

    have you ever hear about Error 99 in canon cameras - dslrs?

    look on the internet how many thousands of people are complaining about this thing, honest consumers which made the mistake of buying canon cameras.

    you won't find such thing in the Nikon cameras, just in the stupid canon gear.

    it's a shame for technology and for fotography!

  • PAW July 29, 2011 05:44 am

    I wish I could say this was an informative article but I can't. The quarterly vs annual projections is a bad way to compare companies and the graphics are terribly incomplete. If you're to make a valid comparison make it apples to apples not apples to oranges, Actually I shoot Canon but I have friends who shoot Nikons. Both are great cameras and both have great glass but great photography doesn't start with the camera and tools, it starts with the photographer, We all have seen great stuff from point and shoots and lousy stuff from Canons and Nikons. I tend to shoot mostly Canon L glass on my 7D and I find the resolution and color rendition really outstanding as is the noise reduction.

  • John Kenyon July 29, 2011 04:54 am

    I was a loyal Nikonian, owning everything from a Nikon FM to D200, finally Canon surpassed Nikon with features I was looking for at the time with the 7D. Now I am invested in Canon and frankly neither camera quality is that much better to me. Each has their high-end lens and bodies, which are the lens to buy. I have found each of the high-end, pro-cameras are very complicated and take a good year to be really adept with. By this I mean adept enough so it is an extension of my creative side, not my mechanical side. Each has downsides for sure. Chose what features you want on a camera and ignore whether it is a Canon or Nikon and then use it a lot and you will be happy.

    One last thing, the Nikon user communities far exceed the Canon communities and that does make a difference.

  • ZILL NIAZI July 29, 2011 04:31 am

    Nikon certainly is much better than Canon. I am a Nikon user and I went through a lot of reviews before I could make my final choice. I am very happy with my Nikon equipment. I don't think I would ever be using Canon. Besides, in this very interesting comparison when it is said that Canon offers 18 megapixels and Nikon 16.2, there is one thing to consider that the pixel size of Nikon's pixels is larger in microns than those of Canon's.

  • Gary July 29, 2011 02:05 am

    Interesting. Most rely on friends. I use nikon because my friend does. I use canon because they use it on my fav tv show.

    sigh... Well I've used Pentax since the 70's because it works. Considered the old "work horse" of cameras. Currently using a K20D. (Yup. Have a nikon and an olympus) Glass? No one seems to realize that they have made a lot of glass for nikon and canon. Nor that they invented most of the technology used by nikon and canon today.

    But the old workhorse is also built like a tank. Not only can you drop it and not worry (too much) but you can also kick it into a rain bucket and not worry (too much) since they're sealed. So shooting in a rain storm is not much of a problem.

    The problem with Pentax is... they don't advertise. Never did. The notion that they lack advanced features is untrue - they have many advanced features, often more so than the mainstay Nikon/Canon models. For instance their patented IS system is mechanical, whereas all the rest are software driven.

  • Jean-Pierre July 27, 2011 11:30 pm

    My digital camera is Canon T3i. My main thing was having full manual video as an option. NIKON sensors are awesome for low light, Pentax rendering is awesome. But I like the way the t3i feels in-hand and using m42 adapter is awesome. And they're almost all identical within the price segment. It is the photographer the will milk the camera for all It's worth.

  • Jean-Pierre July 27, 2011 11:29 pm

    My digital camera is Canon T3i. My main thing was having full manual video as an option. NIKON sensors are awesome for low light, Pentax rendering is awesome. But I like the way the t3i feels in-hand and using m42 adapter is awesome. And they're almost all identical within the price segment. It is the photographer the will milk the camera for all It's worth.

  • howwwi July 27, 2011 06:46 pm

    simatar:

    well it seems that you have canons and have been using them. if i were you i would stay with canon because you are familiar with it. you also have that equipment. unless you want to start new you can start new.

    personally i am canon

  • Simatar July 27, 2011 06:38 pm

    Nice one there Greg! But did it occur to you it would only complicate if NASA and Military would maintain two camera suppliers instead of sticking to only one? I would like to believe NASA's choice of picking up NIkon over Canon is because of picture quality issue rather than business reasons, but i doubt it.

    Still this fact appeals to lots of newbies in Photography, that Nikon takes better galaxy shots than Canon.

    Bdway, in the past week I sold my EOS 550D and few EFS lenses and now I am only left with a speedlight and an expensive EF USM lens. I am eyeing to buy 7D body for my fast glass and have already ordered online but still the store hadn't confirmed it. Is it a sign I should leave Canon and shift to Nikon?

    Guidance please?!?....

  • Simatar July 27, 2011 06:34 pm

    Nice one there Greg! But did it occur to you it would only complicate if NASA and Military would maintain two camera suppliers instead of sticking to only one?

    I would like to believe NASA's choice of picking up NIkon over Canon is because of picture quality issue rather than business reasons, but i doubt it.

    Still this fact appeals to lots of newbies in Photography, that Nikon takes better galaxy shots than Canon.

  • Greg Timmis July 27, 2011 10:24 am

    I won't get get into a flame war, but there is a reason that NASA, & the military etc use Nikon over Canon!

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  • Eicke July 25, 2011 03:13 am

    I've a Sony a550 and really love it especially with my fast lens (Tamron 17-50 2.8 – almost never use flash). Coming from a Minolta SLR I thought this is the way to. From today's point of view there was not so many equipment for reuse but never regret that decision.

  • Pat Grover July 24, 2011 03:14 am

    Just received a the new Nikon 28-300 lens (for my D700). Possitively love it! Other than the great photos it takes, I also appreciate that it doesn't weigh a ton.

  • 212313 July 23, 2011 07:13 pm

    nikon user are retards... gay retards to be precise.

    im a olympus user by the way......

  • Chris July 23, 2011 11:59 am

    NIKON :D

  • Amber Michelle July 23, 2011 04:16 am

    I currently have an Olympus E-500. At the time of purchase, I was pursuing my BA in music, and could not afford much else. It has been reliable over these six+ years, and, while I cannot wait to make an upgrade, I have to really push myself to use technique ratehr than really on the quality of my camera to make up for poor composition, lighting, etc.

    I hoped this article would help me decide to which camera I should upgrade, but alas, it did not.

  • canon love July 21, 2011 03:51 pm

    I started with Sony and moved to Canon. Now I'm curious to try Nikon, although, one of the reasons I haven't tried Nikon yet is they are more expensive comparatively. Doesn't mean I won't try it at some point.

  • Madison Raine July 21, 2011 12:12 pm

    Does anyone have a Nikon D3000?
    Anyone??
    If you do I'll take any advice.
    Anyone know how to do long time exposure shots with it?

  • Snap Happy July 21, 2011 03:46 am

    Both Hubby and I use Nikon , his is Nikon D90 Mine Nikon D60 I cant speak for him other then he prefers it ! As for me the Nikon D 60 has great colour and sharpness and is a light camera as I have problems with my wrists and holding things that are heavy, also my hands shake and I love the fact that the Nikon D60 camera and lenses have viberation reduction witch is a great thing for me ! Hubby and I are also into Astronamy and he takes Astro photos as well . Arthur I do agree with you in some aspect , a good photographer should beable to use any brand of camera but in my case no !

  • Arthur July 20, 2011 01:16 pm

    where by the history is interesting, but the data is unable to bring interest, how to compare your data of difference period?

    Anyway, it is the photographer, not the brand.

  • Adithya Satria July 20, 2011 12:53 pm

    I have both of them,Canon 1000d with 50mm f/1.8 fix lens and nikon D80 with the 18-135mm kit, but apperantly i've been trapped in some kind of difficult decision about which one i'm gonna use, because in my opinion canon has such a really nice picture style that we can get and modify easily, but in the other side nikon has a great focus and dof...

  • Emil July 19, 2011 12:53 pm

    In my younger days, I owned 35mm SLRs from Ricoh, Pentax, Nikon and Canon. I flirted with them all. When I decided to take the plunge into digital SLRs, the Nikon D70s was more attractive to me than the Canon equivalents. Canon had first hit the market with a prosumer SLR called the digital rebel, but I preferred the D70 because it was black, larger, heavier and fitted my hands better and less plasticky than the EOS Rebel of 2005. In short, it seemed "more serious", so I got into Nikon and have not looked back. I have acquired a lot of Nikon and Sigma lenses and am quite happy now with my two d90 bodies. I do not think the Nikons are inherently superior. People take great pictures with either system.

  • Emil July 19, 2011 12:52 pm

    In my younger days, I owned 35mm SLRs from Ricoh, Pentax, Nikon and Canon. I flirted with them all. When I decided to take the plunge into digital SLRs, the Nikon D70s was more attractive to me than the Canon equivalents. Canon had first hit the market with a prosumer SLR called the digital rebel, but I preferred the D70 because it was black, larger, heavier and fitted my hands better and less plasticky than the EOS Rebel of 2005. In short, it seemed "more serious", so I got into Nikon and have not looked back. I have acquired a lot of Nikon and Sigma lenses and am quite happy now with my two d90 bodies. I do not think the Nikons are inherently superior. People take great pictures with either system.

  • Pat July 18, 2011 03:01 am

    Why would you compair net sales in millions for on and billions for the other. It's to easy to look at the actual net sales for both Canon and Nikon and enter them. FYI: Canon did 1,391,327 million Yen in their Consumer Business Unit (which includes DSLR's, P&S) and Nikon did 600,000 million Yen in their Imaging Products. Apples to apples.

    That out of the way, I'm a Canon guy now although I used Minolta up until about 2004. I like Nikon for their accessories (GPS and the new Mic). For the bigger stuff I use Contex.

  • KenP July 17, 2011 10:38 pm

    I agree with KB above. My Olympus E-510, although is not my first Olympus, has been my only camera for the last for years. Since then I have added a Tele- zoom (70-300mm) and still find my photos sharp and good enough to win competitions at my local camera club ... 90% of members are Canon and Nikon users, btw.
    Presently looking to upgrade to E-5 :)

  • bigdukeor July 17, 2011 05:18 am

    I was a Canon user for several years, and then started converting to Nikon with my first being a N90. I slowly started divesting my Canon, adding Nikon digital (D300) and a pocket S630, along with a few Nikon lens'.
    I still retain the N90, and a Canon SLR with a pair of lenses.
    Canon is a great product, and in some ways is better than Nikon. But for my use, the Nikon is a better fit.

  • Yubaraj Bhattarai July 16, 2011 04:58 pm

    I use NIKON. My first Nikon was Nikon FM10, then i upgraded Digital by coolpix5100,-then D70 . recently i upgraded it by NIKON D7000 ( nikon 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II ED DX & nikon AF-X \S nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G DX lenses). I am very friendly & used to NIKON. I was 100% sure about not to switching to CANON. Be sure about reqirement, take experts advises then go ahead frnds.

  • KB July 16, 2011 03:14 am

    *that's meant to say "haven't done any photography courses"

  • KB July 16, 2011 03:12 am

    My first dSLR was/is an Olympus E-510 bought 4 years ago when it first hit the market. I bought an Olympus because I was impressed by the sharpness of photos taken with other Olympus point and shoot cameras and the good colour reproduction. Also comparative reviews against the Canon equivalents of the time showed that the Olympus kit lenses delivered much better results than their Canon counterparts. I didn't know enough about photography then as I do now so opted for the kit lens package.

    I've not been disappointed. So many people just love the photos I take. Although I know I'm mostly all self taught and have done any photography courses, I agree that taking good photos is almost entirely about composition, lighting and anticipating and capturing the right moment. There is an element of luck as well especially when it comes to kids and animals as things can often move suddenly in unexpected ways.

    I'm tempted to get some pro glass for my Olympus and most likely definitely will.

  • Tom July 15, 2011 11:28 am

    OK everybody - now for some real stats! I examined this blog and developed the following categories of reply:
    Canon owner, Nikon owner, other.
    The Canon and Nikon categories were subdivided into two: selected the camera choosing on the basis of one or more features (analytical), or choosing the brand because of other reasons such as 'handed down from parent', all friends used this brand, my work provided this one, just kept using because I had a point and shoot of that brand or seemed the best buy (social reasons).
    'Other' category was split into three: criticism of the graphics provided at the introduction, neutral comments about what is important in photography (mostly saying that the user is more important than the camera brand) and other brands. Here are the results:
    Canon, social users 47, analytical users 62. Nikon, social 48, analytical 63. Graphics critics, 46 (46 against, nil for!) and other brand users 44.
    So it can be seen that around 42% of users choose the brand for social or convenience reasons, the remainder choose after consideration of features. More than half of the reasons supplied for choosing Nikon were ergonomic. More than half of the Canon users' reasons based on the lens quality.
    I also had a separate category for outright rants but there were so few that I deleted that category and just included them in the social-reasons category. Finally; it was very surprising to see how many Canon or Nikon users said that they would be just as happy using the other major brand and were complementary about the other.
    Happy snapping from a Canon 60D owner!

  • Vaibhav July 15, 2011 04:41 am

    I'm a sony Alpha user
    I feel Sony alpha series are pretty good and get under-rated
    The thing is you get more features for the money you pay.
    And yes Sony does listen to you They keep taking in user inputs and inprove a lot with their models
    A classic example
    We all had complaints with the a230's grip and presto in the next cams(a290,390) The grip has been replaced with a much better and more comfortable grip.
    I'm sorry to bust the bubble of canonites and nikonites but I think Sony though a newer player is a quick learner
    Its learning pretty fast and beating Canon and Nikon
    An Slt a33(like mine) is loads better than the equivalent canon(Eos 550,600d) or the nikon equivalent(d3100,d5100).
    For the Price is to Value ratio I think Sony is better
    These guys are improving by the day .
    I Believe it to be really unfair that most websites, Journals, etc. keep talking in canon and nikon terms.
    People with Alpha's also exist!!!!

  • Simatar July 14, 2011 10:25 pm

    I started with Canon and right now owns EOS 550D with an expensive lens 24-70mm F2.8L USM. I am not satisfied with my pictures and thought maybe I just lacked the skill but everytime I see my fellow newbie friends' picture coming out from their D90 Kit Lens, I start to doubt if lack of skills is the reason.

    My friends aren't experts in fact in most cases I am the one teaching them what I learn from my photograhpy research all those things about exposure, composition, lighting, etc. but come shooting time, they produce better-looking pics. Reason, they are using Nikon.

    I don't downdgrade Canon I simply realize the fact that when somebody gets hooked up by his investment in gear, he tends justify his action. I may not like Canon right now but because this is what I have (that I can't dispose easily without suffering financial loss) I will just hone my photography skills instead to produce better pictures and in the near future I will join the ranks of Canon users trumpeting that Canon is the best brand.

    But then I could never stop wondering what could have become if I started with the camera brand that I am comfortable with and I believed from my young eyes to produce better looking pictures. So then the only way I guess is to try the two brands.

  • Vicki France July 14, 2011 03:48 am

    My first digital camera was a Nikon 5700 Coolpix, I bought one for myself and one for the office. Six months later I got a lens error and did some research online and it turns out this camera had a LOT of people that had the same issue. Sending it to be be fixed $200...Nikon cameras had a issue that NIKON NEEDED TO OWN! It was a very expensive camera for the time. Three months later the other camera developed the same lens error issue. NEVER WILL I PURCHASE A NIKON AGAIN (if Nikon had owned the the problem I would have swung the Nikon way, but with customer support like that who needs enemies. Canon has been nothing but great...I have went through 3 slr's 20D, a 40 D and currently have a Mark II. I have 5 plus Canon pro lens lens that are very very nice. YUP...Nikon lost my business.

  • john July 14, 2011 01:25 am

    I agree with many of the other comments on this article, It's not the camera, it's the photographer that determines the photo.
    But, this article is rather useless, the information is randomly compared, it really says absolutely nothing.
    The graphics are poor, it is as if someone threw bits and pieces into the air and whatever landed in the same spot on the floor was what the author compared.

  • Carlos Estrada July 13, 2011 11:57 pm

    I hate this kind of topics. Because the best component is not in the camara that photographer uses, it is just behind it. We must worry about learn, you can use a pinhole camera and make great pictures.

  • Tony Anastasi July 13, 2011 03:18 pm

    I use nikon D3 and D3x for my weddings and commerical stills work.. AND I use canon for my video work now.. that little baby rebel 550d with magic lantern firmware hack absolutely rocks my world.. its very bad at stills, but totally brillant for video which is all need from it... until i get my hands on a SONY FS-100 for video :P

  • Alan Duffield July 13, 2011 02:48 pm

    Ardent Canon fan since the early 80's ! Still have the original AE1 purchase and works like a dream with a great Canon zoom from the same era. Have had Canon APS / Ixus digital and now a 500D with a bag full of lenses. Never really considered changing alliance - stick to what you like, a bit like Apple Mac vs PC I guess

  • Arthur Oliemans July 13, 2011 04:28 am

    I shot Canon APS-C (crop) format for many years. When I decided to move to a full frame camera I carefully evaluated Canon and Nikon, and sold all my Canon equpment and bought a Nikon D3S and 3 zoom lenses (the "holy trinity" including the fantastic Nikon 14-24mm f2.8). Canon's 5D Mark II can't compete with the better low light capabilities of the Nikon D3S, and the D3S has better autofocus. The Canon 1Ds Mark III is Canon's only other full frame camera and it is fantastically expensive. So for full frame DSLRs, Nikon is superior. For crop sensor cameras it's harder to say.

  • Peter July 13, 2011 02:30 am

    I use Canon DSLRs, but purely because when I bought my first the best for low light was a Canon. A year later that crown had passed to Nikon and I would have started with them. For the past couple of years Canon have lagged Nikon in certain important areas such as autofocus, but I have no doubt the playing field will be levelled once more.

    I am puzzled by the graphs. They seem to suggest that Nikon's sales are measured in billions of yen whereas Canon's are only measured in millions. Yet I had believed that Canon was a much bigger company than Nikon. What is the truth?

  • Madison Raine July 13, 2011 12:19 am

    I like Nikon, mainly because of what I heard of it. I was about to own my first Nikon, but they shipped the wrong thing, and it was a big ordeal. Now I'm on the search for a new SLR, but I need it to have more than 10 MP and a long last exposure time. I also want a lens with it...

    Anyone have any ideas????
    Oh and VERY cheap.

  • David Wright July 12, 2011 05:47 pm

    I've been on the receiving end of this particular "difference of opinion" for a number of years. As I have been in the photographic industry for over 20 years now, I see and hear a lot! I will say this though, since the advent of digital cameras, that from the position of a printer, actually at the printer itself, inside the professional lab, I have on a number of occasions, leaned out from behind the printer screen and nonchalantly asked "canon?' to which the reply has invariably been "How do you know?". Quite simply because I can count on one hand the amount of times I've printed a canon image straight out of the camera WITHOUT some form of photoshop/LR manipulation or correction needed and have it print correctly..... now I know that I'm going to be slammed for this comment, but please be aware that I've catered for a number of professionals through my ongoing printing career for over 20 years and I am settled in my choice of Nikon for my own use. This has come from experience, NOT a slick talking salesman.... Admittedly the 2 brands still continue to be market leaders and still sharpen one another, but from printing and sorting, quite literally, thru hundreds of thousands of prints and images, I have found Nikon images to be the most pleasing straight out of the camera (which really is the ultimate test of the digital camera), rather than the photographer.... I have been asked on 2 different occasions if I knew if there was a "Nikon mode" for Canon cameras, (chuckle, chuckle) NEVER visa versa. Nowadays when a print is placed in my hand, other than the obvious "tweeking" via CSwhichever or LR (ie, vignetting, filters, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah) I find it difficult to tell the difference simply because I don't know where/if this image has been adulterised or is direct from the source..... if you like Canon, stick with it and I will pray for you..... if you like Nikon, stick with it and it will work for you..... "horses for courses".
    Thanks for the opportunity to comment

  • dick ranez July 12, 2011 02:24 pm

    I had a Canon - they changed the mount and made me start over. I started over with Nikon. Nikon had a
    wonderful film body, but were modest in the wide/ultra wide lenses I felt I needed. The Nikon digital
    offerings were late, I returned to Canon. I never considered Minolta/Sony since I looked at them all as the spiritual successors to my terrible SRT101. The Canon was heavy and finiciky so I bought a Leica with a
    21, 28, 35 and 50mm family of lenses. I'm too broke to change, but I love the camera, the images and the
    fact that once again I'm in charge of the images and not some faceless cubicle weanie programming my
    "auto" mode. I may even buy a film camera again just to use these lenses.

  • Jason Feldman July 12, 2011 01:27 pm

    Look at the length of this blog - how many people have an opinion! Its runny really, but to many Nikon vs Canon is more important than democrat vs republican. Like one guys said, it has more to do with the photographer than the equipment - but I have been told the lens lineup for canon is better. Check out my images at www.bestexposures.com to see my shots. I am sure the same could be done with a a nikon.

    By the way, my money maker lens is my 50mm F1.2 L..... does nikon have a 1.2 or better available?

    Jason

  • Matt E. July 12, 2011 11:39 am

    For taking photos and making videos, I use a camera. The brand is inconsequential.

    I mean, I own Pentax cameras, but I can just as easily shoot Canon, Nikon, or Sony. The fact is, they are all a box with a hole in it.

  • Cream of Beats July 12, 2011 10:41 am

    I love my Nikon D200. Its been through hell, been dropped, thousands of shots, but always works like new. The only reason I remain a Nikon user is because I have invested in too many lenses to switch.
    In all honestly, Nikon / Canon..their the same thing. Their both the Mustangs and Camaros of photography. Hassleblad vs Mamiya is a much better debate, however, I do find that "some" Canon users can be very snobbish, especially the ones that don't really know how to take a decent picture in the first place. Canon this, Canon that...but pictures look like they shot them on a drug store disposable...

  • jonny July 12, 2011 10:14 am

    For still singles and timelapse the Nikon - For video a filmaker has to have full manual control then I have to go with the Canon T3i. For HDR I also like my Canon - the built in HDR on 5100 only uses 2 shots and minimum for a barely adequate HDR shot is 3 for average is 5 exposure bracketed shot.

  • Penny Richens July 12, 2011 10:12 am

    I use Canon for two reasons. It simply fits me better, they ways of the Canon and my way of thinking mesh well. Also the Nikon shooters in my neck of the woods tend to be a little snooty.

  • Mjimenezphoto July 12, 2011 10:07 am

    Your charts don't match when it comes to sales; Canon's figures are in the (million) Yen from 2006 to 2011, while Nikon's figures are in the (billions) from 2010 to 2011, and yet your worldwide market share pie chart shows something completely different. Anyways, these comparisons are simply moronic in essence; only good to hook web traffic.

  • Lyn July 12, 2011 09:45 am

    Always loved the song "Kodachrome" as a teenager and that song talked about a Nikon camera. My first big SLR therefore was a Nikon D80 and now have a D700 also, that never fail me. Smaller cameras are a Cannon G12, Panasonic and have a Pentax Optio that really do well. Love all the toys. Lenses and the user make the camera.

  • Benn July 12, 2011 09:36 am

    First up, it's an INFOPOSTER. Not an INFOGRAPHIC.

    Secondly, I don't need to comment how much of a joke the content is as many have already done so.

    Thirdly, Canon.

    Fourthly, it's not the brand of the camera, it's the quality of the shooter.

  • africanrefugee July 12, 2011 07:36 am

    Have used Canon for some time now, starting with a compact, then a 450D, and now a 60D. I have invested in Canon and now will probably remain with them. What I do like is that with the EOS system lenses are interchangeable. This means that old EF lenses are useable on modern DSLR's without problems. I do like the reported better ISO capabilities of some of the Nikon DSLR's and would like to get my hands on a D7000 just to see how it handles. Both Canon & Nikon make incredible cameras so I guess it is simply what you are used to, or what you started with in the beginning. Not being a purist I would consider using Nikon, but there would have to be a good reason to change brands.

  • Jessie July 12, 2011 03:49 am

    I've owned a couple of Canons; an SLR I received as a gift, and a point-&-shoot. They make nice cameras, but for my most recent purchase I opted for Nikon (super-zoom merely because my budget didn't allow for an SLR). The Nikons just felt more substantial in my hands, while the Canons felt kind of cheap and plastic-y.

  • David July 12, 2011 02:32 am

    I use Olympus E-system, not pens :D
    I bought it because a a friend of my dad recommend the E-5 to me, so I bought it.
    Sometimes I'm tempted to switch to either Canon or Nikon, simply because that the lens is cheaper compared to SHG lineup of olympus.
    I'm also impressed by the high ISO capability that 135 format could do. Sadly, fourthirds just can't do it in ISO above 800.

    Anyway, no matter which system u all use, don't worry too much bout gear. Learn the techniques, lighting, composition, etc, because those things matters whole lot more than the camera and lens combo.
    Happy shooting!

  • Ajith July 12, 2011 01:57 am

    I learned photography from my father using his 1:20 Zeiskon manual film camera, whic my father still has. Later while I was working I managed to buy a Zenith SLR with a 400mm zoom. This produced some good photos as a beginner. Then when I moved to Botswana for work as I loved photography and wild life I bought a Canon EOS 300 film camera and a 75-300mm zoom. Why I went for Canon was that most of my friend have and I have heard and read more about Canon, Then I swithced on to a EOS 450 D keeping the same zoom and both these cameras produced some good photographs and I loved them. About 4 weeks ago some body stole my whole gear and here I am without a single camera. : (

    Two weeks ago I start looking for cameras, and went through user reviews, experts reviews and manufacturers reviews and spoke to a couple of friends and my prioroty was Canon 600d, 60 D and 7D and Nikon D7000, 7D was heavy for my pocket and is out. Then comparing all above I decided NikonD7000, despite my heart is with Canon.

    My view is that you need to throughly evaluate considering your requirement and decide I think both Canon and Nikon produce good cameras, so do your research and weigh them.
    Now I am waiting for my Nikon and I will be going on a safari for 4 days without a camera on this week end as my Nikon is comming with my Wife and son only by 22nd. My friends do not believe that I go camping without a camera. :)

  • simatar July 11, 2011 09:59 pm

    Guys, wake up. all things equal (body, lens and photographer's skill). Nikon seems to get better picture than canon because of sensor size.

    Canon stufs helluva lot of pixel in their smaller sensor compared to Nikon who keep pixel count at the minimum. That is on top of the fact that Nikon sensors are bigger than canon in most mid-range brand.

    Size of sensor/pixel matters very much on quality of pics. Notice Canon's pics are bordering between being overly saturated while Nikon are more real life in color.

    Me and my friend both newbies bought different brand and even when I already put an expensive lens (24-70mm F2.8 L USM on my 550D, he seems to get better picture on his D90 with just the Kit lens. I was thinking of upgrading to 5D Mark 2 to maximize my full-frame lens but now is quandary. The only thing that's holding me from shifting to Nikon is I already bought a damn expensive canon lens. I'm hooked up, anybody has a good suggestion?

  • Larry Irwin July 11, 2011 08:47 pm

    using a different unit of measure for Nikon and Cannon sales is just outrageously poor journalism.

  • KenP July 11, 2011 05:30 pm

    This infographic does not make sense -- as other posters have already said. If a winning photo is published (on web, magazine, wherever) and no exif information is given, would it make a difference?

    This post is either to start an unnecessary flamewar or to get hits on the website ;)

  • muller_s July 11, 2011 05:28 pm

    Well this discussion is a neverending story. People always praise the brand they own, because thats what they know or they had some kind of bad experience with the other. I am a current Nikon D5000 owner and I bought this camera because my budget was limited and I found this camera for a very good price. I didn't bought it because it's better then Canon, if I would found a Canon camera for a good price I would've bought it! I used for a limited time my cousins Canon T1i and it's a great camera. And we all know that a good shot depends more on the user and the lens then on your camera, so it's regardless of which brand do you choose if u can shoot great photos with one of them, then u can shoot great photos with the other as well!!!
    So don't waste your time on thinking which one is better, just go out, shoot and have fun with your camera!!!
    ...and if this is still not enough for you, then buy both cameras and be done with it!!!

  • Kim July 11, 2011 05:24 pm

    I am a Nikon user. I worked as a ships photographer for 2yrs after studying Graphic Design. On the ships I used Nikon. Now I am a making a profession out of my photography and have stuck to Nikon as I had become accustomed to the brand.
    It is hard to find exactly which brand is better. Have to try them both, but with my budget I have to choose one and stick to it..
    I am very happy with Nikon and have never felt the need to shift over to Canon..

  • Paul July 11, 2011 04:31 pm

    Canon 60D.

    Two reasons:
    1. Good for portrait photos
    2. Shortest flange distance (among DSLRs) to use older manual lenses, mainly m42 lenses

  • Willie Holt Jr. July 11, 2011 03:12 pm

    I started on a Pentax ME Super, because I wanted to be different from all of my friends who had Canon AE-1's. I bought a Nikon FE2 afterwards, and was very pleased . I sold the Nikon and got away from photography, that was almost 30yrs ago, when my 7yr. old daughter was born her uncle had a Sony Digital Disc Camera and it took great pictures, so i thought it would be great to have a digital camera to take pictures of my daughter with, so I purchased a Canon PowerShot a95 which I still have, and it still takes GREAT pictures. I talked to a guy at the job who does wedding photography on the side, he showed me some pictures he took with an old Yashica 35mm camera that he had blown up scanning the negatives on his computer. I then wanted a 35mm and a person on Amazon was selling a Canon Eos Elan7 for $99 (like new) I bought a zoom l couldn't have been happier. It takes beautiful pictures, but then as fate would have it I wanted something I could carry around that I could zoom and not have to wait for the flm to get processed so I bought a Panasonic FZ-35 and solved that problem. I think I can be content for a while now, but I'm still looking at the DSLR's !!!

  • Heru S. Tyon July 11, 2011 01:13 pm

    It's True, I am a user of both. Everything is good, do not well on the brand, depending on who is behind the gun....:))

  • Evan K July 11, 2011 11:34 am

    What's up with the pie chart? The data looks EXACTLY the same for 2010 and 2011, the only difference between the two graphs is the larger hole in the centre.

  • Engman July 11, 2011 09:19 am

    Nikons preferred due to quality. Owned Canons before but due them breaking down even with min use have switched over to Nikons and have never looked back. Have been using Nikons since then, more than 15 years. Maybe Canons quality have improved but you know the old saying "once bitten, twice shy.."

  • Steve July 11, 2011 09:13 am

    My first Camera back in the early 80s was a Zenith 35mm i progressed to a Mamiya 2and1/4 inch square format then bought Minolta gear.. whole lot got stolen back in late 80s and i wasnt insured..lesson learned... i recently got back into photography and started out with Olympus gear(mainly because of the Built in IS) then went up to Canon (20D then 30D(which was Faulty(error99 fault)then a 40D which i still have(lovely camera) then recently a good friend GAVE me a Nikon D3 with a 17-35 ED lens(whole lot worth around $4K even at todays prices) then my most recent purchase to compliment the D3 is a Nikon D300(the D3's little sibling)all in all id say BOTH brands work fine for whatever situation you require them for.. and the better the glass you put in front of them the better the quality of image you will get from them personally im extremely happy with BOTH brands.. doing mainly Sports and some Portraiture they suit me fine.

  • Alan42 July 11, 2011 07:50 am

    I shot with a rangefinder in the sixties then switched to a Pentex Spotmatic for the seventies and eighties. I tried early Kodak and Canon in the digital evolution and ended up with a multi button Nikon I was never comfortable with. Now I happily shoot a Leica M9. I'm full circle back to the range finder with all the old photography adjustments of f stops, focus and film speed, now ISO settings. Canon and Nikon both make quality cameras and I don't think there are any valid arguments that one is a lot better than the other. Some word argue that Leica is better. They certainly make the highest quality lens. But the camera is a totally different shooting experience.

  • Artur July 11, 2011 03:29 am

    Nikon and Canon both are great but I'm in love with Nikon.

  • Sam July 11, 2011 02:47 am

    I would liken Nikon and Canon to two other Japanese companies, those being Honda and Toyota respectively.

    Of the two, Toyota, like Canon, is larger. Honda, like Nikon, tends to be more conservative in approach. Recall the recent AF issues Canon had and tried to sweep it under the rug. Everyone knows about the problems Toyota has had with their Prius and other models. Too many recalls lately even if it's something as apparently inane as floor mats. These large companies tend to rush products to market because they have the capital to do so. But this results in major problems once the product is in customer's hands.

    A smaller company can't afford to make king sized mistakes such as this. They can't just push something out of the factory knowing they can fix minor flaws at a later date. No, they are not perfect, but they do tend to offer a more reliable product with fewer problems out the door.

    Some would criticize Honda or Nikon as being bland; The products carry a strong resemblance from generation to generation and the apparantness of innovation can be weak. The analogy breaks down a bit here because while the automobile is over a century old, the digital camera as we know it is barely entering puberty. Innovative steps in the camera market are much more important at this phase of their industry.

    But when I mention the D1, D90, and D3s, what comes to mind? Hopefully you would recognize this models as hugely significant products that changed the game. No, they weren't perfect, but what innovative product is as a first run?

    I learned to drive on a Honda, have owned several and will continue to drive them on the future. When it came time for me to choose an SLR back in the film days, I chose an N70 in large part because it felt like a much better built product than the Canon counterparts. (NaCanon and Toyota both make solid products that serve millions of people every day, but as time goes on I'm glad I made the choices I have regarding these companies and their products.mely the Rebel series) I also knew that Nikon, first and foremost, was an optics company and it's glass was top notch.

  • Kelly July 11, 2011 12:30 am

    I just wanted to comment to agree with "to each his own" and also agree with "each person is their own artist". I am on the Canon side but for Xmas my husband bought my a Sony nex-3. (nicer that my previous cameras and my first interchangable lens camera) It's amazing but I really want a Canon!! I'm still a beginner. Also the main reason I'm posting is because i saw some sarcastic comments regarding the article itself but I love it!!!! People are always debating these two brands! Great job :) I enjoy hearing both preferences/sides in the comments.

  • d July 10, 2011 10:09 pm

    i use a Canon T1i and a Canon FS2000 as my camcorder. My family has always been Canon. My mom has a 20D. As with Nikon I don't realy care for it. My next door neighbor has one (i cant remember the model but it is a dslr) and I used it but i didn't realy like it. i like my camcorder cause i droped it many times and nothing broke. it has great zoom. one thing with canon is that is has a 18-300 mm lense wich is nice.

  • RJ July 10, 2011 04:06 pm

    I think for most of us who are in to and have been in to photography for a while the next camera we buy will be dependant on teh equipment we own already.
    I recently bout a Canon 7D as I already have Canon lenses.It was not financially viable for me to go Nikon.
    I'm an amateur with maybe a total of 3 lenses.If I was a pro and had all the extras (ie:Filters,flashes and multiple lenses) it wouldn't make much sense to change.
    Unless of course there was a massive difference - which on teh high end camera's which I don't believe there is.

    Having said that ..
    The Canons are better (hardier) for out door use I have found..
    Nikon gives you better indoor/studio shots..

    ;-)

  • peggy lee July 10, 2011 02:51 pm

    Im a cannon gal! I bought a nikon after a few canons thinking since it looked more exspensive that it would take better photos and it took some amazing photos when it came to outdoor pics.. but the indoor pics were horrible and when I returned the camera I was told there were several other returns of nikons with the same complaint.. so yea Ive stuck with canon every since.

  • laureneckel July 10, 2011 12:33 pm

    I use Canon, mostly because I trust their cameras and they have some cheap yet great digital cameras. Although my friend has a Nikon and it's really nice too. But I love Canon cameras just by they're photo quality.

  • Cliff Traverse July 10, 2011 12:01 pm

    Started using Nikon in 1971. Currently using Nikon D3s. It is by far best camera on market for low light, weddings, sports and news. I will never discount Canon as it is an outstanding product line. 5D and 7D set video standards and are excellent cameras as well. But to have ability to use any lens going back 30+ years, sharpness of Nikkor glass, and ergonomics and quality of Nikon can't be beat.

  • flobst July 10, 2011 10:40 am

    I think people care way to much about their gadgets here.
    It's the same old discussion. Yashica or Rollei, Mac or PC, Nikon or Canon. How meny comments would there have been on an article about composition and framing?

  • Michael July 10, 2011 10:30 am

    the pentax k-x is the best low-end camera on the market, considering price and features, so as a newbie to photography and a family history in Pentax Film cameras that's what I bought. The problem with Pentax is the lack of very high-end pro cameras and accessories that Canon and Nikon offer. After almost a year with my k-x I am in love with it and love the smaller feel of being a Pentaxian and not just another Canikon customer.

  • CMC July 10, 2011 09:41 am

    I love my Sony A55. It is very lightweight and the live-view has helped me hone my skills with aperture and shutter speed. I also like the auto HDR feature - it's very quick - but I cannot use it if I shoot in RAW. I had a Nikon, but it was too heavy for me - my granddaughter takes wonderful photos with it. I think the Nikon lens was better, and I'm thinking of getting at least one Zeiss lens - maybe.

  • Diana Cacioppo July 10, 2011 09:13 am

    I work at a store that sells slr cameras and this is a debate that is very very common. Many people ask me what's better Canon or Nikon and I never give them an answer I just describe the different benefits of different models and that always produces a sell. I believe that if you have previously used a certain brand then you are going to stick to that brand. Its all about a comfort level with cameras in my opinion, if you have always used nikon for example then you know the camera and feel comfortable getting the best possible pictures you can. Looking at the specs on the guide above nikon seems to be a better brand but that is the great thing about Nikon and Canon they talior to different types of people depending on many factors. I personally love using Canon just because I am use to the menu styles and they way they function.

  • Pauk July 10, 2011 08:07 am

    My first camera was a Nikon N90s which i used for years till I upgrade to a D80 with a 18-200 VR. Was a great camera I recently sold that and upgraded to a D300s which I'm in love with. I Bleed Nikon and wouldn't use anything Else. I was brought up on Nikon my father use to shot with a F3 and F5 for wedding and news photography in the 70s and 80s I've never once picked up and shot with a Canon an don't plan on doing it any time soon!!!

    NIKON 4 life!

  • Alberto Costa July 10, 2011 07:10 am

    I am portuguese and have and use mostly Canons.

    About the sales of the two groups, I found the following easy to read figures from their Annual Reports for 2010:

    -Nikon......785 billions of yens (SALES)

    -Canon...3,706,901 millions of yens (SALES), figure I guess means 3.7 trillions of yens.

  • Mason July 10, 2011 03:20 am

    I started with Canon; it was the first brand of DSLR I ever used and my parents bought me a Rebel XS when I graduated high school. But when I needed a 35mm SLR for a class my freshman year of college, I bought a Nikon FM10 simply because it was $200 cheaper than the comparable Canon. Since then, my loyalties have shifted from Canon to Nikon, and I am now in the market for a Nikon DSLR to use in place of my outdated Rebel.

  • born in the 60ies July 10, 2011 03:04 am

    Back in the pre-digital days, I was the proud owner of an FE2. I still believe that Canon could not really compete, at that market segment and price point: a lightweight, semi-pro, aperture priority, non-programmable, robust, easy to handle camera, with an excellent, fast, and responsive photometre + focusing system. It has never let me down and consistently produced excellent results, under any conditions (including night photos without flash, using high sensitivity films and even pushing them to 6400 ASA). Unfortunately, as I grew older my definition of "lightweight" changed. First I started leaving my gear (long zoom, metz 45 flash etc) behind, then I threw in the towel and accepted that the worst pictures are those you have not taken, because you were not carrying a camera and bought a small pocket camera as a second (which often meant an only) camera. So, when I went digital, I accepted the limitations in quality that accompanied my choice and downgraded to a pocketable point-and-shoot. I started with a Canon Ixus, which I subsequently replaced with a Lumix XZxxx. Now, finally, the Olympus Pen Mini provides a welcome alternative and this seems to me the obvious path to take. If only Nikon and Canon took notice and entered this segment of the market, I would be tempted to look that way again. But not otherwise.

  • Imani July 10, 2011 02:34 am

    I am a Nikon. I went back and forth between the two when I needed a new camera but form e the Nikon's were more affordable and look to be better overall. I don't discriminate cameras because of brand. I only discriminate when it comes to photo quality as well as camera life. I had a polariod digital that didn't last long but my nikon s570 stayed for a long time and has yet to give way. I now have a d3000 soon to be d5000 and I am happy with it.

  • Mjimenezphoto July 10, 2011 02:03 am

    I can't wait for your comparisons of the global market share from the makers of painters brushes and canvas, Wow! How exciting!

  • peterk July 10, 2011 01:49 am

    I've begun to shoot in the digital era. I've thought about Pentax or Sony because of the built-in image stabilizer. In the end I've decided to go Sony because of their 16-105 (excellent for general purpose). I'm fine with it and I hope I haven't been wrong. I'm saying it because I've never used another SLR brand, so I don't know how can be Canon vs Nikon vs Pentax vs my Sony.

  • Carolyn2 July 9, 2011 10:46 pm

    I purchased a Canon kit as a first step intp DSLR. I have added lenses, so I can't see changing models, unless I lost all of my equipment and had to go back to square one. I agree with the previous posters. It's not the camera, it's the magic inside of the photographer.

  • Paul July 9, 2011 10:13 pm

    Stupid article, if you've got Canon lenses then your going to have to by a Canon body and vis-versa, end of argument. Personally had Canon since AE1 Program right through to today's products all perfectly fine. Once persuaded to buy a Nikon by Nikon nut, it went back 3 times to be fixed! Never again. Stay with what you like what ever make. It is the person holding the camera that makes the difference. Now-a-days all high end DSLRs are fine.

  • eric July 9, 2011 09:54 pm

    I have started my love for the photo with NIKON during the film days. My friends were also using NIKON. Thus it is natural that I am still using NIKON (D300s). I have several friends also swearing their lives (even wives) that CANON is great. They are used to it. So to each its own.

    But for me I am a NIKONista.

  • Roy Barnes July 9, 2011 08:17 pm

    Used to use only Minolta until, around 2000 I brought a secondhand Canon EOS 650...that changed everything for me. Now, I still have the trusty EOS650, along with the EOS5 and the EOS 30, replete with 70-200mm f/2.8 and 24-105mm f/4 lenses etc. For me, photography IS CANON!

  • CeeKJay July 9, 2011 07:14 pm

    d the statistics you provide in terms of sales and production etc, are totally sueless and provide a definate conclusion who is the more popular camera make. Even if you did, it would not concludewhich of the two companies provides a superior quality camera equipement.

    Popularity is also dependent on a successful marketing campaign and I say Canon has [probaly a better marekting team than Nikon, but tht is it, that also does not conlcude that ~Canon is a better camera or lens.

    Something that has not been presented in your statistics is that Nikon's have always been the choice of photojournalists (particularly during the Vietnam war), NASA and fashion photographers during the 60's,70's &80's e.g David Bailey and Donovan, in addition to their use of large format cameras.

    Today professionals use Nikon's and Canons right across their professional genre.

    As I said in my earlier comment, it is all about personal comfort.

    The debate Nikon/Canon is more relevant to the serious amateur or professional than the happy snapper, who are content with the likes of Sony and Pentax where the high end of quality is not that relevant

  • CeeKJay July 9, 2011 06:56 pm

    My first camera was a 35mm Canon SLR and my second camera was the amazing Canon F1. When I finally decided to go digital and following intensive research, touching , testing and probing, I finally decided to go with Nikon. Why? Because it suited me and that is what it is all about. Buying a camera is like buying a suit or dress, it has to fit the owner, as otherwise it would be a constant battle trying make it work for you.

    Both makes are of high quality and when one ways up the con's and pro's of the two makes, there is no real difference of quality but just the users comfort level.

    Choosing a camera is like buying perfume/after-shave one type does not suit all.

    e

  • dwight n July 9, 2011 06:55 pm

    There are as many differences between some Nikon DSLR models as there are between the two brands. I assume the same is true for Canon. To me the most important consideration is ease of use and layout of controls. Ability to make changes easily without a menu or being 'all thumbs'. I have a Nikon D70s and a D300s. Switching between the two is like driving on the other side of the road.

  • Chris July 9, 2011 06:44 pm

    awful infographic, one of the most misleading things I have ever seen.
    back to the question started with olympus OM10 OM2 back in the early 80's
    late 90's switched to Canon and still with them

  • Miles Nassah July 9, 2011 02:32 pm

    3 points:
    1. I usually click on infographics because I love design. These infographics, while pretty, are utterly useless in how they depict and compare data. Please don't do this again.
    2. I challenge ANYONE to look at a basic 4x5 color printed photo and tell me what camera was used to take that photo. While cameras can make life easier (faster lenses, better sensors, etc.), the key is the person behind the camera. Spend your time improving your technical knowledge, getting to know your subject, understanding yourself and your motivation for capturing images, and you will go a long way toward being happy with the results.
    3. I started with a Leica, then used an Olympus, Minolta, Pentax, Nikon, Canon, etc. Basically, all of the major brands. Of course we had nothing but b/w back then. Then came color and now digital. The camera doesn't matter except in some specialized circumstances.
    Happy shooting!

  • Hermes July 9, 2011 02:25 pm

    From an old russian brand to Leica, then to Pentax and then to Nikon...my own creativity remained in the main focus. One get used to it, whatever you pick up. Imporant is...what you shoot, how you shoot and when you shoot. Still love shooting B&W film once in a while, although we now live in a completely digital world! :-)

  • DMoody July 9, 2011 01:55 pm

    Just got a Canon 7D a few months ago and I am truly loving it! The main reason I stuck with Canon is the good experience I had with the AE1 years ago; I was always pleased with the camera. I'm sure Nikon is a great product but I couldn't fairly or accurately compare the two due to never owning a Nikon. I'm very happy with my Canon and just feel blessed to own such an awesome piece of equipment....it fits me perfectly. I have been using Sony point-and-shoot cameras for years in the appraisal business and have been very happy with their product as well. However, when it came to trying to achieve the best professional photos I went with Canon....

  • greg leduc July 9, 2011 01:48 pm

    I was using a Canon as long ago as the 70's and as recently as the late 90's, but I now use the Lumix micro
    four thirds system for the remarkable quality of both body and lens. I had nothing but problems with a Canon
    D60 and my brother has exchanged his brand new Nikon 3100 for a defect in workmanship. I suspect that growing so large presents unique issues with regard to quality control. I think that Panasonic has managed to
    avoid such problems for the time being. I am also impressed with the innovative Sony dslr system.

  • Torrey July 9, 2011 01:39 pm

    Started with a brownie my first SLR was a canon AE1 loved it. My next adventure was an HP890 zoom SLR fixed zoom lens. In 2006 bought a Canon 20D witch I am still using. One big reason is I have big hands and long finger it fits my grip real well. My next camera will probably be a 7D. I have friend that shoot Nikon and love them. I look at how it fits me and how it service my photographic needs. I read your article it was interesting.although I would have like the comparisions to use the same style of graphics to illustrate thier point as in net sales.

  • Alvaro Garcia July 9, 2011 12:09 pm

    I started using Nikon and I was devoted to my D3100 but then one day someone brought me a T2i and then it was love at first sight, then I started researching about Canon cameras and I got used to Canon, I just can't live without one but I still think that the D3X is better than the 1Ds Mark III in megapixels.

  • Norm C July 9, 2011 11:37 am

    I moved from Nikon to Canon when I purchased a 10D, it was easier to handle, not cluttered with knobs all over the body and the menu made more sense to me. Then to a 5D, then a 5DII and when available, a 5DIII. I have a number of L series lenses, so I guess I am committed to Canon, however, I am very happy with what I have.

    I have just purchased a digital back for my Mamiya RB67 Pro SD, 645 AFD and soon an adapter for my Horseman 5X4 to suit; my preference has always been medium and large format. I love my Mamiya gear, it’s big and heavy, takes fabulous shots and I think better than Nikon and Canon combined.

    It’s not the brand that is important, it’s the ability and creative mind set of whoever is taking the shot. Enjoy what you have and learn to overcome any shortcomings, if it’s not fun, give it away and find something that is.

  • raigna93 July 9, 2011 09:56 am

    I think it is a matter of preference for the user. I have a nikon D90 which I love, but I also use a Canon S90 which takes beautiful pictures for a small point and shoot. I have also owned a Sony and an Olympus camera previously which were also good cameras.

    If we are comparing I think it should be to components, lenses etc as stated earlier, otherwise we will buy what we like and are comfortable using. They will all take good pictures if you know what you are doing.

  • Doug July 9, 2011 09:43 am

    Nikon D5000 it had the best (for the price) low light ability according to DXO mark, I got it for my son's wedding and since both he and his wife and in fact most of the family wear glasses using a flash was not
    practical.
    I also looked at the Panasonic Bridge cameras I like my FZ30 the zoom 35mm-420mm is so useful but they took away the manual controls and the RAW and according to one review I would have to get panasonics own brand batteries £70 vs £10.
    The trouble with getting a DSLR is that I now want to buy or hire a fisheye lens, a macro, a tilt and shift, and maybe a replacement for the kit lens but with more reach and a wider aperture..and...and... and..
    ..OH DEAR why didn't some one warn me.

  • Timothy Taussig July 9, 2011 09:32 am

    I've been using Nikon since 1973. I switched over from Minolta at that time because of shutter bounce issues. I have never used another brand since including the transition to digital five years ago. I found the transition virtually seamless because the Nikon controls are very similar "physically" to the Nikon FE which was the last film camera I purchased. I had the opportunity to use at work a Canon. It is not for me in anyway physically intuitive as is my Nikon. It's like Canon decided just because it's a digital camera to push the ergonomics away from what what feels normal. My Nikon is a D70x and still going strong. I have used a friends Nikon D3x. The ergonomics are similar and very easy to use despite subtle deferences. I'm sticking to Nikon because it seems they have decided that a camera is a camera regardless of the "medium". My philosophy is "keep it simple"and don't make changes for the sake of making changes. Nikon has the same philosophy as far as I'm concerned.

  • Ron July 9, 2011 09:18 am

    Canon
    Current camera 40D I have had a Canon T90 (The Tank) for years and still has features that digital cameras are only now just incorporating 27 years later. So when you are on a good thing stick to it.

  • HarveyB July 9, 2011 07:12 am

    I use Nikon simply because they are the very best in every respect. State of the art equipment, customer service, faster & Sharper lenses. The list goes on and on.

  • George Klein July 9, 2011 06:55 am

    The differences between the two brands of camera are practically "invisible". About six years ago when I decided to take a photography course I had to decide which brand of camera to buy. My first two choices were Canon and Nikon. I chose Canon for the simple reason, that Canon offers worldwide guarantee, which means regardless where you buy any Canon product Canon Canada will honour the warranty. That's why the price difference of Canon products in Canada and the US are comparable. Nikon Canada will not honour the warranty for any equipment purchased in the US or anywhere else, to keep Canadian prices well above those in the US and other countries (Hong Kong for example). Sorry, Nikon Canada, but this policy causes you to lose customers, since I'm not the only one deciding this way.

  • Bernznz July 9, 2011 06:53 am

    I think the people saying you can't compare a pie chart to a bar graph have missed the point. As I see it, the graphics are saying the obvious - you can't compare the two brands. If you like one, you like it.

  • Mike O'Brien July 9, 2011 06:02 am

    I bought my first camera in the mid-1960s while an architecture student at Cal Berkeley. Canon had an SLR model that used a stationary 'pellicule' mirror, that allowed some light to reach the film while some was reflected up into the viewfinder. This clever invention reduced the effective speed of the film, and worse, it showed every dust mote that landed on the mirror. So I chose the Nikon F because it seemed more practical and durable, if less 'advanced'. I think today's Canon's are excellent, but I'm still using Nikons because of that early decision.

  • Cathy Deschamps July 9, 2011 05:57 am

    My main body is the Nikon D700 paired with the 35mm 1.4G. I'm patiently waiting for the D800 to be released this fall. Other favorite lenses are the 70-200 2.8 VR, 70-300 VR, 50mm & a backup 24-85mm.

  • Brett July 9, 2011 05:56 am

    I've used Zenit-E,Practika, Yashica,Chinon, Fujica when I swtched to digital most of the film camera manufacturers had vanished. There was not much to chose between Olympus, Sony, Pentax Canon or Nikon and I'm sure I would have been happy with any of them, I got a Nikon it was cheap at the time and fitted my hands better than the Canon, I'm sure I would have been just as happy with if I'd chosen a Canon or any other make. Its the eye for the picture that is important not the machine you use,

  • Keith July 9, 2011 05:37 am

    Canon. I started with a Canon A1 back in the early '80s because it had shutter priority, and most SLRs at the time didn't. I've stuck with Canon mostly because I've invested in lenses, filters, flash, etc. I admit to ogling Nikons at the local camera store, though.

  • Kennard July 9, 2011 04:33 am

    When it all came dwn to what I needed for my needs (canon vs nikon) I went for what felt good in my hands. It was a perfect fit for my man sz hands. If the glove fits, you must submit! lol

  • Tiberman Sajiwan Ramyead July 9, 2011 04:14 am

    Long live Nikon D7000! Value for money, user friendly, robust and reliable. Actually in Mauritius the local Nikon dealer is more reliable and experienced than the Canon representative.

  • Chris Soter July 9, 2011 04:13 am

    I bought my first Canon while I was in Korea in 1952. I had a soldier get one for me when he went to Japan for R&R. (I still have it.) Since then, but much later, I've had a Nikon, which I still have.
    When digital photography became available I bought a neighbor's Canon XT, complete with extra lenses when he upgraded. Since then, I've upgraded to a Canon Xsi.
    If my neighbor had offered me the same package with a Nikon, that's the system I would be using. Either camera, and others of that quality level, have less to do with great photography than the person taking the picture.

  • large July 9, 2011 04:12 am

    If you take a look at any major event - be it a royal wedding, the launch of a space shuttle, the Oscars, anything to do with a celebrity, any major sporting event - you will see that the white Canon lenses far, far outnumber any other brand. See if you can guess which brand goes into space with the Shuttle - does NOT start with the letter 'N'.

    Take a look at Nat Geo photographers - again white lenses far outnumber anything else. People that make a living from their equipment seem to choose Canon far more often than Nikon - so that's ga pretty good endorsement for Canon.

    I have owned and used both systems professionally - IMHO the optics of the Canon are superior to those of the Nikon. Bodywise the top end of both brands are pretty close to each other - I tend to prefer the ergonomics of the Canon EOS 1D MkIV to the Nikon D3S. Some would disagree - but then they don't have my hands, do they..

    It's a common jibe from Nikon professionals -"Oh, you use Canon? Don't they make photocopiers?" To which the correct response is "Why yes, Canon does make photocopiers. They started on them after they perfected their cameras."

  • Chuck July 9, 2011 03:58 am

    I agree with all the comments about the info being faulty. I recall a statistics professor telling the class, "the same set of stats can be manipulated to prove two opposing theories." If that is true can two different and opposing sets of stats be manipulated to prove the same or at least very similar theories?

    I started out with a Petri FT (what, you've never heard of it?) in 1970, partially because everyone was praising the Nikons and what they could do with shutter speeds to 1/1000 sec and ISO to 1600. My Petri cost me a lot less than a Nikon while aboard a Navy ship and it included a camera case, roll of film, instruction manual and it had shutter speeds from B to 1/1000 sec, ISO to 1600. The Nikons were too expensive for me at the time.

    When my Petri developed a hole in the primary shutter curtain (after about 15 years of use, includine two cruises to the Mediterranean and attachment with a Marine Unit), the company had closed and I went to a used Pentax K1000 SE. I since have purchased another K1000 SE and still have both cameras. Also I have managed to pick up two other Pettri FTs in perfect condition. Admittedly I do not use them much because I have gone digital with first a Pentax istDL which I sold and now have a Pentax K-x.

    At work, I use a company supplied Canon 40D. It is a nice camera, takes wonderful photos and is overall an excellent camera, albeit large and heavy. My Pentax is more comfortable to carry with me, easy to maneuver/handle, and I have extra lenses from my film days. ( I also have a variety of lenses for my Petris).

    Like many have said, camera brand is a personal preference. I prefer the Pentax brand and have the ability to take the ribbing from co-workers that Canon is better. A couple co-workers seem to "need" the attention given their camera because it is a Canon, or has full frame, or has 21 megapixels, or any of a myriad of other "special features". Me, I've always been the type to buy what I want, restricted with my need, and do it with frugality.

  • Ms.sunnshine July 9, 2011 03:45 am

    I have a Canon, the 60D because it fits perfectly in my hands. I have always loved Canon & always will. I don't "Hate" Nikon, it does have it's good points, & I also agree with another commentor, that knowledge & ability to use mulitiple brands with their functions should be a secondary thing for any photographer, I do not care or find superb images coming from the Nikon like the Canon. Besides, Canon being most used in high-end commercial businesses, has the clarity & focus that cannot be compared to anything else beside, my next favorite choice, which as also my 1st camera at 15, is a Pentax.
    Sorry, mean no offense Nikon users <3

  • Andy July 9, 2011 03:31 am

    Very uninformative and inaccurate article. What was the point of it again?
    Even with the sales figures, which should be pretty easy to get and - you are comparing different periods (2006-2011 vs 2010-2011), one graph shows yearly sales, the other - quarterly, one is in millions, another is in billions...
    Market share percentages... where are those percentages???
    Popular models? How did you came up with these two? Are you sure that Canon 5D mkII and Nikon D700 are not more popular than the entry models presented here?

    Very poor presentation, content and the article itself. Cheers to 9th grade student who prepared it.

  • Marilyn Hilly July 9, 2011 03:09 am

    I'm a diehard Nikon fan!!! The pictures are brilliant and quality superior!!!

  • JT July 9, 2011 03:01 am

    I have no experience with Canon and have been with the Nikon brand since I bought my first film slr (an FM) many years ago. I now shoot with an F100,a D90 and a D40X. I have never had a reason to change.

  • somu July 9, 2011 02:55 am

    Canon all the way. Never handled a Nikon but I have got friends who swear by Nikon. Listening to them talk only confuses me as I find my D7 simple to operate. In other word I feel that canon is more user friendly apart from the fact that I can use all my old lenses from my analog.

  • Charles Lehman July 9, 2011 02:53 am

    Good afternoon , I think it is only fair that you compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges and as far as photography is concerned all that really matters is the person behind the camera.

    Thanks and have a great day
    Charles

  • Timothy Byford July 9, 2011 02:48 am

    When I decided to buy a DSLR I chose Canon simply becase my son had a Canon and was very pleased with it. If he had had a Nikon I should probably now be using a Nikon. A professional friend of mine has a Nikon and says he is rather jealous of my camera, which pleases me as I had begun to think I should have chosen a Nikon. Now, with lenses worth more than the body, there's no way I can change.It's the lenses not the camera that is most important - and one's talent and imagination as a photographer is most important of all. Fortunately that doesn't cost a thing.

    http://timothybyford.com/photos

  • Rey Cuba July 9, 2011 02:36 am

    In 2006 i purchase my first digital camera a Fujifilm S9000 , i live in Cuba and this signifique a lot of inversion, but photography is my thing, so i when into it. In january 2009 i have the opportunity to go abroad on a job visit, i started looking at my limitations with current camera and most of my shots were made by dusk or night, so i look at my pocket and it was between Canon 50D or Nikon D90. I when on D90 because all of recommendations and reviews.

    15 days ago i when on my second SLR a Nikon D300s and i feel really good about this purchase, we need to keep new cameras, because we have no warranty service for Cuba. I guess if i were choose Canon for Nikon i would be happy anyway, the issue is not on camera but on your soul.

    Have a nice weekend my friends, i enjoy this website a lot.

  • Guy July 9, 2011 02:34 am

    Size really does matter! I use a Lumix GH1 with the 14-140 zoom. Weighs in at a total of 31 ounces with the zoom lens and the battery. But then I'm mostly an outdoor photographer so transportation ease is an important factor. The 2X crop factor gets me from 28mm to 280mm equivalent so I can do some nice landscape shots and some wildlife too. In Colorado you often have a chance to get pretty close to the critters. I finally decided that the Four Thirds format was a good compromise and would make for really easy hiking and backpacking.

  • Mike Siesel July 9, 2011 02:25 am

    I thought this post would have a comparison of photo quality - like resolution, lenses, color accuracy - the stuff photographers are really interested in knowing. Disappointing to say the least.

    My history: I started with a Canon FTb and since then I've owned a T-70, AE-1, Pro 70, G1, 10D, A590 - the T-70, G1 and 10D still in my kit. But the camera I use the most is a Panasonic ZS3 because I can carry it in a case with a belt loop.

    The reason I preferred the ZS3 to Canon's travel zooms is that Panasonic uses in-camera software to correct for chromatic aberration - something that Canon seems intent on ignoring in their Powershot line. Unfortunately Panasonic continued adding pixels and their newer ZS models suffer resolution due to noise suppression. Isn't that information more important than market share?

  • Blackdogdavey July 9, 2011 02:16 am

    I've been a Nikon user ever since I traded a 2 year old Yashika TL Super for a used Nikon F Body in 1967. Since then I've accumulated so many Nikon bodies and lenses, have loved my FE2s and still have several old Nikons that work, so when it came time to buy a DSLR I went with Nikon because they have always given me good service, and because I have several lenses that I can use with the DSLR.

  • Everett K. Tipton July 9, 2011 02:01 am

    I started photography with my parents Kodak Brownie 120 when I was a kid. Then in 1970 I got a Minolta 35mm. After several years, camera companies started introducing the new auto cameras. I had been looking at both the Nikons’ and Canon cameras when a good deal on a new Canon EOS 350 came my way. So, when I decided to go digital there was no real decision sense all my existing lens for the EOS 350 would also work with the Canon 50D.

  • John July 9, 2011 01:50 am

    I don't believe that Anyone is trying to argue that the Photographer is the weak link, or strongest link in the chain. That should go without saying. I have seen some photos taken with the "pin hole lens" that are simply amazing!!

    However....for the most part....you stand a better chance with a good camera. Not saying the Best there is, but the best you can afford. There are enough hurdles to jump on the way to being good at this craft. IF you hamper yourself with a crap camera to start out with you just make things more difficult for yourself.

    BESIDES....this is supposed to be about the web post I thought!? My feeling is still that it didn't just miss the bulls-eye, it missed the entire target!!

  • bob July 9, 2011 01:35 am

    I have both , kinda like Canon lenses better but the feel in hand of the nikon is more natural ? I think Nikon stands behind thier lenses better .

  • Patty July 9, 2011 01:31 am

    Canon for 43 years now, since I was 14.

    And that's like asking a great baseball player who makes his bat - it ain't the bat folks, and it ain't the camera. It's the photographer!

  • Maximo Almonte July 9, 2011 01:27 am

    I thought this would be a side by side cost comparison between the two and spec wise details between the beginners, amateur, and pro cameras from canon and nikon and not net sales and global market shares. Poor article and non relevant since there is a variety of shooters with different cameras and different opinions. Not everyone's pocket measures the same and that's why you would have some going with less expensive and gradually move to the big bad boys.

    BTW am a canon lover, even though i find their prices a bit hefty compared to that of nikon, sony, pentax, etc.

  • Madison Raine July 9, 2011 01:25 am

    To Sammyscout,
    Thanks for the advice. I'm a bit worried that the camera I'm getting doesn't have enough MP because it only has 10.2 and my digital camera has 9.5. It stinks how expensive cameras are :(. I've been waiting two years to get a SLR camera. I already have so many ideas, I wrote them down, I'm super excited. Do you remember getting your first expensive camera? I'm still in school, and have only took half a year of a photography class, and my teacher said that I was good enough that I can already be in AP Photography. I'm so excited!!! But seriously thanks for the advice, it's much appreciated. :)

    sincerly
    Madison Raine

    And to the article,
    a lot of you guys are saying it doesn't matter what camera it just matters what you take with it. I agree but I also disagree I think what camera you have also matters, not what brand but if you have a really cheap camera it's not as good as others and you won't get as good pictures. But that's just my opinion.

  • Eric Schlienger July 9, 2011 01:19 am

    I agree that the camera does not make the photographer. Having said that, I'm a Nikon Loyalist, Here's why:

    My 30 year old Nikon glass works on my D3S. Digital camera bodies become obsolete, but so long as you know how to shoot manually, Nikon glass lasts forever (at least so far). On the other hand, my formerly oh-so-incredible D70 is what the kids are learning on (with an incredible 15 year old zoom I bought used) ... (Yes I do know that using DX lenses on FX bodies results in some cropping)

    In my opinion Nikon does an incredible job eliminating noise. The D3S gives me spectacular images at ISO 6400 even when blown up to 40 x 30. That's like taking the lenses I used with film and adding 4 stops to every one.

    On the other hand, the best pro friend I know shoots a Cannon every day. (But he does get a bit of ISO envy every now and then)

    Photography is about seeing, the camera simply captures the vision. Whatever works for you is the best.

  • JD Bachman July 9, 2011 12:56 am

    Sold my Nikon, lenses, flash and accessories and bought a Leica M9 with 35 and 50 mm primes. I have no regrets (except for the tele capabilities). I believe the Leica has helped me to become a better photographer.

  • wendell UNDERWOOD July 9, 2011 12:55 am

    I have had 4 canons starting with xti and now have 50d and 7d. I am well pleased although
    many friends have the nikon's.
    I see little difference, but after the investment in any one brand and the lenses, it does not make sense to change. Fortunately both are the best for the money, like ford or chevrolet. As with cameras they both get you there, it's really the operator that counts.

  • Robert July 9, 2011 12:50 am

    Blind brand loyalty makes no sense to me. I'll use what ever the best tool available is at the time of my shoot. Some of my favorite shoots have been with combinations of adapted parts from different manufacturers. Right now I'm loving the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 ais fitted to either my EOS 5D Mk II or my Samsung NX11.

  • Kenny E. July 9, 2011 12:41 am

    I use a Canon 30D and rarely use my point and shoot (Sony Cybershot). I will use my phone on my HTC Thunderbolt Andriod for quick candid shots. The picture quality is surprisingly nice. I'm assuming most of this conversation applies to dSLR's b/c of the costs involved. While point & shoots aren't quite disposable, the prices low enough that features trump brand loyalty. With dSLR's once you start committing to additional kit it more or less determines what brand you are staying with. The costs of lenses usually precludes most serious dSLR users from being "commitmentphobes". That being said, there's not a whole lot of difference from Canon to Nikon. Technologies may differ but picture quality of similar. It's a combination of subjectivity, personal preference and how much one already has invested in kit.

    My bigger issues (usually with Canon) is build quality and size which is why I don't care for the Rebel line of cameras, and users should look for a camera they can grow with instead of a camera they grow out of quickly.

  • Wayne H July 9, 2011 12:30 am

    Lets be fair, comparing Nikon sales to Canon is kind of like comparing Rolls Royce to Ford Motors. While they are both great products they are manufactured on very different scales. Also remember that the Canon sales numbers may be for the entire Canon product line, not just their camera products. History tells us that Nikon has always been an optics company, not so with Canon.

    BTW yes I shoot Nikon!

  • Peter July 9, 2011 12:25 am

    I was gifted a Nikon Photomic TN back in the early 70s. It had a 43-86mm f/3.5 lens. Later, when it was first available, I got an F3, a 200mm micro Nikkor, a 28mm, and later a 45mm. I finally jumped back in and stuck with Nikon because unlike Canon, I was not thrown under the bus to the degree that I had to get new glass when I got my FIRST digital, a D300s. My Dad actually quit photography because he would have had to get all new lenses and the multiple large camera cases that he had, full of lenses and bodies,were now useless for digital. Finally, I have always preferred Nikon's resolution over Canon's contrast. No need to go into how the ergonomics of the Nikon bodies simply feel better in my hand. They are both good systems and pros have switched back and forth for years for one reason or another, I just don't have the deep pockets required to keep switching glass.

  • jim giner July 9, 2011 12:08 am

    I agree with Gustav - the sales charts are worthless as comparitive tools. I don't get the purpose of showing "predictions" against net sales. I also don't understand why one chart would be in millions of yen (Is 3,209,201 in "millions of yen" really 3,209,201,000,000 yen?) versus billions of yen (I understand what 253.8 billion yen is). The rest of the charts don't really tell me much either, but at least I wasn't perplexed by them.

  • Michael July 8, 2011 11:58 pm

    I used a cannon and then change to a nikon and I have found a few differences. The light metter in the cannon for exposure is easier to use than the nikon for setting up brackiting shots. The Nikon D90in my opion is better for low light and action shooting, football games, and less camera shack. I do have the VR lens that do help with this. Both camera are very good and dependable.

  • Eric Horner July 8, 2011 11:44 pm

    I have always been a Canon user, but there are some things I would like Canon to have that Nikon does: Like lens caps that you can get off with a lens hood in place, and up to 9 bracketed exposures, for HDR etc.
    (My 5D MK II only has 3)
    My son is a Nikon user.
    I did everything I could to bring him up right, but you can only do so much.

  • Eric Hammons July 8, 2011 11:40 pm

    I've been a Canon user since 1976 when I bought my AE-1 which I used for thirty years until finding quality film became a problem. Switched to a Canon Rebel XT and started to build my lens base. I have since purchased a used Canon 40D and passed the Rebel to my wife. A camera is a tool and is only limited or enhanced by the person using it.

  • don leynes July 8, 2011 11:35 pm

    Started on my Dad's Canon AE-1, finally moved over to a Canon Rebel 2000, then wandered around and got the Canon XTI. Concurrently, my gf had a minolta film camera that transitioned to a minolta 5D, then a sony a230. End result, she now shoots with the Canon and I'm using the Sony.

    I am more partial to the sony because of its faster flash ( I can't seem to get the canon 420ex or 550ex to cycle any faster than 2 seconds, and this is using attachments and power packs), built in wireless for the flash and built in IS.

    But is it really the camera, or how well one is able to manipulate the controls so that you can capture the vision that is in your mind onto the digital media?

    One never hears a reader complimenting an author on a novel and asking them what typewriter they used.
    Or the painter and brand of brushes.

    I agree with the above posts; you want to be known for the images that you take that can inspire, delight and convey your passion. I don't think any of us will want " loyal canon user" on their epitaphs.

    From the trenches

    Don (Chicago)

  • Scott Jones July 8, 2011 11:23 pm

    I use Canon and an old Samsung Pro815 as a spare, which I also find very useful with clever things such as an integrated gyroscope. I guess I'm just use to my Canon and find Nikon cameras very fumbly. I usually get irritated trying to use one, let out a little girly scream and then shamefully ask for help or just give up. Haha.

    I'm also a videographer and have 4 Canon XL-2s, so I suppose I'm just very used to how Canon works.

    Though I'll be honest now. My best photography comes from my iPhone. I simply can't have my DSLR with me all day long, but when I see something I like, I whack my iPhone out and it does the job well considering it's just a phone!

  • Dennis Gingerich July 8, 2011 11:18 pm

    Owned the Canon EOS 7e film SLR and loved it until it, Canon lenses and flash were stolen. When I switched to digital, the Nikon D50 had just been release and was the "Camera of the Year" so I bought it and subsequently added other Nikon lenses and flash. I just upgraded two weeks ago to Nikon D7000 and I love it too! Both Nikon and Canon are great and would not buy anything but one of those two. I've had Pentax, Olympus and Minolta in the past but never again!

  • Mike July 8, 2011 11:12 pm

    Darren,
    Congrats on your new arrival...much more important than the brand "debate".
    Unless you are a professional photographer, the question is meaningless. Most models of either companies DSLRs are quite capable and most user's probably never come close to understanding & using all the potential features & options. If they did, they could likely accomplish almost any photographic result with any of the available cameras.
    Do your homework, be honest about what you want to accomplish with your photography, and about your budget, and focus on getting the best bang for your buck taking potential future gear options into account if appropriate. I suspect you can't really make a wrong choice, although someone else will always think so...but who cares.

  • J Neil Hammitt July 8, 2011 11:00 pm

    My son is a media career person, so when I retired and decided to take on photography as a serious hobby, I asked him which was the best. He said it was a tie as far as he was concerned. He also knew that I had a tendency to be a little rough on equipment, so he recommended Nikon because of the steel case. I have no regrets, but on the other hand I have not used a Canon digital camera. I belong to one of the largest camera clubs in the US and I hear a lot of good natured banter back on forth over Canon vs. Nikon. There is ample evidence that both are good and it is probably just an issue of personal likes and dislikes. With Nikon offering an attachment that will allow the user to hook up an i phone to a Nikor lens, who knows where it wil go next?

  • David Florida-James July 8, 2011 10:58 pm

    As many have pointed out its the photographer and the use they make of the camera. I have a EOS 60D with all the trimmings which recently had to be returned for a repair and I was heading away on an unlikely to be repeated day trip to to Inishstrahull Island of Malin Head - last inhabited in 1929 and now a nature reserve with limited access. No camera so popped into local shop and picked up a Powershot A1200 at a very much reduced price. Comments from friends and family 'these are some of the best photographs you have aver taken'. Made me think a quite a bit.

  • David Florida-James July 8, 2011 10:58 pm

    As many have pointed out its the photographer and the use they make of the camera. I have a EOS 60D with all the trimmings which recently had to be returned for a repair and I was heading away on an unlikely to be repeated day trip to to Inishstrahull Island of Malin Head - last inhabited in 1929 and now a nature reserve with limited access. No camera so popped into local shop and picked up a Powershot A1200 at a very much reduced price. Comments from friends and family 'these are some of the best photographs you have aver taken'. Made me thing a quite a bit.

  • David Florida-James July 8, 2011 10:56 pm

    As many have pointed out its the photographer and the use they make of the camera. I have a EOS 60D with all the trimmings which recently had to be returned for a repair and I was heading away on an unlikely to be repeated day trip to to Inishstrahull Island of Malin Head - last inhabited in 1929 and now a nature reserve with limited access. No camera so popped into local shop and picked up a Powershot A1200 at a very much reduced price. Comments from friends and family 'these are the best photographs you have aver taken'. Made me thing a quite a bit.

  • Khürt Williams July 8, 2011 10:47 pm

    If I understand this infographic correctly, Canon has more market share yet ... Nikon's makes more profit.

  • James T July 8, 2011 10:43 pm

    My first Canon was a 7SZ. When I decided to purchase my first SLR, I chose a Canon Pellix QL. Nikons at the time were becoming quite bulky with the huge Photomic F meter/viewfinder on top. From then, I simply stayed with Canon forever. A few years ago, through a change in management, Nikon decided to concentrate on small sensor and P&S cameras causing a wide gap behind Canon. In the mid-2000s, they again started concentrating on DSLRs and lenses to match. They are catching up but Canon is not standing still either. I do own a Nikonos V with 4 underwater lenses. They are superb. I own several Bronicas that used Nikkor lenses. No complaints there either. With more than a dozen Canon cameras and perhaps 20 lenses, I guess you could say that I have no complaints with Canon.

  • John July 8, 2011 10:37 pm

    When I received this email I was excited to see what information would be presented! I have a group of friends, (Fire Photographers), that shoot both Nikon and Canon. As a result we have a very friendly rivalry that takes place....lol. I planned to share this posting on FB just for fun.

    I'm sorry guys, but this was a huge waste of web space! Other than a short history of the two companies, the rest was useless information!!! The email indicates a Comparison, as stated above this is apples and oranges as posted. When I looked at this....it was like....HUH!?!? Why.... If someone was looking to buy, and undecided....this sure didn't help them! Normally you guys hit the mark on everything you post. Very disappointed with this one!!!

    I have been shooting Nikon since 1979. It was an FM Body with a 50mm lens. I still have an N2020 body that I use occasionally for film. I purchased a D300 a few years ago and love it. The D300 was my 5th Nikon Body. It has held up very well under the tough conditions it is presented with in fire photography, especially training evolutions. All of my lenses are Nikkor with the exception of one long lens. I currently carry 8 different ones in my bag. The 500mm Sigma stays home most of the time of course.

    John

  • Yeelen July 8, 2011 10:05 pm

    I was introduced to Canon in a contest, as the main prize was a Canon 550D. I didn't win, but when I was looking to upgrade from my Lumix FZ28, I looked at the prices and decided that I'd go for a Canon as the Nikon equivalent in that pricerange (the D5000) was already aging. When the D5100 came out just before I'd bought my 550D, I was already too much of a Canon fan to change my mind :) Also, I just didn't and don't like the look of traditional red Nikon graphic :)

  • John Clark July 8, 2011 10:03 pm

    I agree with everyone else on the information analysis: This graphic is useless and shouldn't have even been posted, for fears that photography novices shopping for an SLR will misinterpret the data and start down the long and expensive track of acquiring one brand over another.

    Look at the time periods - 2006-2011 PREDICTION for Canon (by year), vs. 2010-2011 (by quarter) for Nikon? Why would you use a "Prediction" for something in the past at all? At least make the graphs similar and provide actual quarterly numbers for this year so far by Canon. Nikon has quarterly numbers for 2011 listed--but Q4 (and maybe Q3 depending on when their fiscal year starts) has to be a prediction--and that isn't noted.

    As for the two model comparison, why not choose the two highest-end cameras and two entry-level SLR's for comparison?

    Because most of the data makes Nikon look a little bit better, I'm willing to bet the author has a Nikon...or perhaps some stock in the company!

  • Karen C July 8, 2011 09:57 pm

    Like others have said, the infographic is laughable and shows nothing. Poor job.

    As for the difference? I think we all know that Nikons and Canons make equally fantastic dSLRs. They both have their pros & cons. Both can produce beautiful images in the right hands. ;) However, I shoot Canon.

    I started way back on my mom's Pentax 35mm. In college, I had a Minolta 35mm. For Christmas many moons ago, my parents gave us a Canon PowerShot A series. That little guy has lasted a long time and is now about 8 years old. About 3 years ago, our then 1.5 yo son decided to take my poor little PowerShot and turn it into a submarine in the pond. *cringe* Amazingly enough, it dried out & still produces decent shots for a P&S. Only thing wrong is the grinding noise when the lens is zoomed in & out.

    After that fiasco, I bumped up the SX10IS (and dreamed of a dSLR). The durability of that little A series kept me on Canon. The SX10IS continued the love, allowing me even better shots than before.

    When the time came for my dSLR, I had Canon loyalty, but was open to either brand. Honestly, what sold me about Canon? The grip. I didn't like Nikon's grip - just didn't feel right in my hands - and let's be honest here, grip is HUGE. So, I now shoot with my 60D and am just thrilled. I'm very unlikely to change at this point, given my small investment in the 60D and a few lenses. Small to some, but huge to me.

    No matter what we shoot with, though, the ultimate sticking point is the images that YOU, the photographer, produce. ;)

  • Karl Lalemand July 8, 2011 09:53 pm

    My camera of choice is the … It works for me, and I'm guessing, from my stand point, that's all that matters.

    I could have easily gone with … but just found … to be better for me.

    I'm a stark amateur and while I don't doubt that what you use, may have an impact on the outcome, for me it's … all the way.

    And I started with a Yashica, then went to a C8080 Olympus (which I still have), and like most, my guess is I have invested in gear that works with my current camera, and unless I can sell it all for a good price, and I saw a big difference in the other makes / models, I'll stay were I am, because it works for ME:)

  • Norm Aubin July 8, 2011 09:42 pm

    I own a ______ , and unless your asking to borrow a lens, why should it matter who made my camera. I want you to be impressed with my photos, not my camera. Whenever I find myself yearning for a better, faster lens, more software, or more flash etc, etc etc, I look at so many of the online galleries and find amazing images shot with less than "pro" level cameras. it always humbles me back to the reality that the most important part of your camera is found right behind the eyepiece. Heck, most folks don't even know how to get the most out of their point and shoot cameras.
    This article opened with "There’s nothing like a ‘Canon’ vs ‘Nikon’ discussion to get photographers going." I would agree with you there.
    Click!

  • Zero-Equals-Infinity July 8, 2011 09:17 pm

    I use a Nikon D3x and love it. I was in the market for a pro-camera and did a lot of research before buying it, including test shots, different lenses, carrying it about for a day in the field. (Renting from a dealer who will discount by the cost of the rental is often possible and recommended with expensive gear.)

    Two things that sold me on the Nikon over the Canon 1Ds MK III; the ergonomics of the Nikon worked better for me, and this included a less sore wrist after a day of carrying the D3x around than with the Canon, and the lens set. I really love the 14-24 mm lens and the 105 mm macro. Nothing is the matter with the Canon lens set, I just really love those two lenses.

    Always consider the type of photography which you spend most of your time with. If I was predominantly a street photographer, I would seriously consider a Pentax K5 due its low profile, selection of "pancake" lenses.

    Do remember that when you are buying from a manufacturer that you are buying not just the camera and initial lens(es), but an entire system. Keep that in mind, because once the lens count starts increasing the impetus to change to another manufacturer is lower due to all that investment sitting on the shelf.

  • Steve1812 July 8, 2011 08:52 pm

    Is it me or are the comparison charts both misleading in when data was collected/predicted and not using the same type of graphic to compare eg net sales around the world and not converting Canon sales to billions of Yen when the difference do not seem so massive - smacks of government graphics where choosing the scales is vital to fool most folk.
    -
    Oh, Canon user because thats where I started - good photographer can etc etc.

    Rant over - easier to compare the actual cameras from Canon and Nikon than this graphic attempt.

  • Ruth July 8, 2011 08:32 pm

    I spend months deciding whether I should be a Nikon or a Canon user and finally decided on the fact that shooting people with a Canon sounds a lot more piratey than with a Nikon, and pirates are the coolest.
    I really couldn't find much difference between them than that (and the Canon was a wee bit cheaper).

  • Mark G. Taylor July 8, 2011 08:20 pm

    From what I can find via research and hands on trials, there are a few feature differences between the two when it comes to the bodies. It is much more important to get a good image projected ONTO the sensor, as the sensors (and electronics behind them) are much more similar that a lot of us might like to believe.

    The glass that is in FRONT of the sensor plays a much larger role in your final image (when comparing modern DSLRs.) Comparing relatively equal price-point bodies won't yield 1/10 of as much of a difference as putting high end glass onto either body.

    It always gives me a good laugh when someone with a Nikon camera and kit lens tells me their camera is better than my Canon considering the various L series glass I am using.

    Having said all that, the question of whose premium glass is better is another question, and perhaps might show much more of a difference than comparing bodies (as I said before, ignoring small feature differences...)

    Both companies make glass (at the high end) that most of use could not see the flaws when shooting in the real world. Some of us know how to shoot test charts to make the difference apparent, of course, but when shooting a wedding, landscape, nature, or our own kids/spouses/SO, we won't be able to tell the difference between Nikon's best glass and Canon's best glass, let alone the bodies.

    In the end we are talking about photography, meaning the pictures that come out of the camera. How many bracketed shots the software will let you shoot automatically is a feature, and is not relevant to the final product, just how one goes about achieving the final product.

    This is of course just MY opinion, and I won't guarantee it's worth any more than what you paid for it.

  • Jennifer in Alabama July 8, 2011 08:19 pm

    I simply love my Canon. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the features to my Canon. I have much glass investment to even switch. I have gone side by side with a NIKON on photoshoots and the pics are simply not comparative. Notice the crowds and you will see that Canon rules the photography sidelines. My pictures always seems to have a perfect glow to them, better than the natural eye. Canon vs Nikon in the store was a no brainer. All major function buttons on my right, good thing. Just wish that Canon had a buy up program every few years and I would buy like crazy. My camera club has the majority Canon. NIKON is secondary and fellow members have to retouch more pics than Canon members. All in all, Canon rules in my book and I've owned several cams before this baby. Again, too much glass invested now, no turning back...love my Canon glass and body.

  • Manav July 8, 2011 08:17 pm

    All my friends use cannon and I really like the image quality. I am used to Nikon and I have all nikor lenes and I don't want to shift to canon. Equipment doesn't mater it's just a mater if of imagination and creativety

  • Nick July 8, 2011 08:16 pm

    Strange article as the graphical information can hardly be called a comparison and unless read carefully is mis leading.
    Apart form the history and global market percentage graphic, there are no comparisons at all.

  • Steve July 8, 2011 08:12 pm

    The "IS" issue is actually a really good point... even Olympus have IS built into the Bodies of their Cameras... it is a rort trying to sell people over priced Nikon or Canis IS lenses.. so im going with Sigma for my Needs... Nikon/Canon Bodies and Sigma Glass... half the price of Nikor or Canon IS and just as good if not better

  • James Humberg July 8, 2011 08:06 pm

    I have been a Pentax photographer since 1969 starting with a $60.00 used Heiland Pentax camera that had to have the auto aperture cocked before shooting. I had a $5.00 GE Light meter.

    Now Nikon and Canon will stop at nothing to sell John Q. Public a $3,000 body and a $30,000 lens whether they need it or not.

    Pentax has taken a back seat wait and see, view of the antics of these two Photo Monsters And they are building cameras for the natural man that doesn't need an ISO of 12,600 that is, by the way, totally unusable in a majority of the cases because of the horendous noise, but they will market it as being the Cat's Pajamas. And with 10 megapixels as the benchmark, equivalent of film, they are selling full frame bodies with 23+ megapixels for Boo-Coo...That is "Beaucoup" Bucks, to the nearest sap with a charge card and dreams of becoming a pro.

    So...There you go...My K-7 has 3200 ISO, and 5.2 frames per second, along with 1/8,000th of a second fastest shutter speed! I picked up mine used for $598.00 at KEH camera. So there you go...Canon or Nikon?

    Even a 5 megapixel camera from a pawn shot for $30.00 was unimaginable back in 1970, and I was at that time satisfied with ASA 100 Kodacolor, and the unthinkable ASA 180 Ectachrome, that with the ESP-1 push processing envelope that could boost the ASA to 400! Now that is where photography has come. So if you want that miracle camera, go to your local pawn shop and pick up a Kodak Easy Share with the 12x Optical lens for $69.00

    Save your money and buy used! Stick with Pentax and pay half price for your lenses. Nikon and Canon will NEVER make image stabilization in their bodies! They want to soak you for their lenses with IS built in for twice the price! It is your money! Thimk abowt it!

  • Rod July 8, 2011 07:48 pm

    Who on Earth put this infographic together? I get the feeling a teacher made this to show students how not to make an infographic. Either that or it was put together by someone with a serious bias. Different scales, different graphs, different quantities of time, actual sales for Nikon but only 'predicted' sales for Canon, irrelevant information, probably flawed figures.....

    I use Canon, as with most people to change to a Nikon I would have to buy a new set of lenses/filters/accessories, which I'm not going to do when I'm happy with my current camera. Besides, Canon have a good reputation.

  • Chamitha July 8, 2011 07:39 pm

    I had a canon xsi with an 18-55, 55-250 and a 50(1.8). I sold the complete system thinking of getting a T1i or a T2i with an L lens. I faced some financial issues so I just purchased a nikon d3100 with 18-55, just because I liked how the D3100 feel in my hands and I wanted to see how a nikon feels. I miss the prime but I like the D3100 a lot more than the xsi. I am impressed with the low light performance and how the camera handles noise at high ISOs. When I get enough cash, I'll get the awesome nikon 18-200 and sell my 18-55. That's the next step but will take a long time for me to get there.
    Btw, let me add this, the kit nikkor 18-55VR is way better than the kit canon 18-55IS.

  • jaya6v July 8, 2011 07:20 pm

    I use CANON. My first SLR... Canon EOS Rebel :)

  • Kumar U July 8, 2011 07:15 pm

    My first SLR was Canon 35MM, got used to it and bought Canon t2i, gotten used to it over time, nothing against nikon but when I used the comparable Nikon of my freind, could not get the same result. same happened when my Nikon user freind used my canon. Believe the color and pixel processing differences that you get used to with different camera settings make a difference.
    Part agree with Calvin to make wonders with even a phone, if you know it well :)

  • Rajesh Lalwani July 8, 2011 07:01 pm

    Optical camera, Canon digital camera compared to the negative image was the result of the match,
    so I got it right to use Cannon!

  • Craig Loftus July 8, 2011 06:57 pm

    A whole lot of folk out there comment on the ergonomics being a deciding factor in their equipment and I could not agree more. My first digital camera was a Nikon Coolpix 4300 compact which I thought was fantastic. A friend of mine had a Canon DSLR which i played with, but it just did not sit right in my hand. The Nikon D50 was my move into the DSLR market and that felt just right, everything being just where you can access it, I also had a bit of knowledge with the Nikon menus from the Coolpix. I went to a Nikon Expo at the Manchester Velodrome when they launched the D3 and D300 and I was knocked back with these beasts. I have sinced bought a D300s and am most impressed, took a bit of getting used to though. I have recommended Nikon on a few occasions to colleagues on my experience and two have gone out and bought a Nikon and they have not been disappointed. I am sure one day a D3 or better will be in my arsenal.

  • Jaap Cost Budde July 8, 2011 06:48 pm

    another thing is: Go to flickr.com and see what photo's you like and look which camera is used by them and even how many flickr users use that type of camera and you get a better idea than lokking at sales analysis

  • Willene July 8, 2011 06:44 pm

    I have a Nikon D3100 and I must say that I am fully satisfied with the capabilities of the camera and the easy to use interface. I've had a Sony auto-type camera when I was in primary school, but other than that I haven't had any other brand. Based on that I can't say that Nikon is better than Cannon or any other, but I can say that Nikon is really worth giving a try.

  • Jaap Cost Budde July 8, 2011 06:43 pm

    Actually it does not matter what branch you have. The eye makes the picture, not the camera.
    I have nikon. Why? Cause the first good camera was a nikon and by improving the camera I stuck to the branch cause my lenses couldn't be used on the other branch without a lot of troubles. I also use a small Canon IS10 Powershot for very close shots cause with the Nikon300s that I have I have to change lenses to come close and even then I can't come so close as with that non DSL camera.
    The only thing I don't like of my Nikon is the loud sound when clicking. With the Canon there is no sound (if you wish)
    I love the stability of the heavy camera's cause my hands are not so stable any more.

    SO: Be happy with what you have and make the best picts you can and don't go in that comparison play

  • Mark July 8, 2011 06:39 pm

    I own Canon, but I wonder if Canon plays fair with the market.

    E.g. 1 - Canon SX1is, great video + RAW + remote, maybe the SX40is will reach that level http://tinyurl.com/6c7koby
    E.g. 2 - Canon G9 with zoom. G10 has lesser zoom, G11 has lesser megpixels. G9 is still the better purchase. (DPReview shows a good comparison http://tinyurl.com/5tzntre)

    Does it make statistical sense for any two independent, competing companies (e.g. Canon and Nikon) to bring out such equally competitive products year after year in such close time frames?

    Lastly, price fluctuations, e.g. MRRP, small-operators as importers, introduction price that later drops heavily, multiple model names dependent on the country (perhaps to identify warranty liability).

  • Simon and Jill Guillemin July 8, 2011 06:20 pm

    We both have Canon EOS 7D dSLRs with a range of lenses - which we share (sort of). We really love the feel of the Canon as well as the stunning clarity and "speed" of the "L" series lenses. We've come from a SLR film background - Pentax mostly - and moved to digital about 6 yrs ago. The Pentax k10d was great but the Canon lenses outshine anything Pentax had to offer by miles. Didn't like the Nikon feel and control layout so much and this (as well as price) sold us on the Canon.

  • Sammyscout July 8, 2011 06:10 pm

    I just got a Nikon d3100 about three weeks ago. Still learning but I actually had half finished 'Understanding Exposure' before I started using the D3100. I have taken a total of 3 shots in auto and about 800+ in manual mode [not aperture or shutter priority]. Reading that book helped me understand so much.

    Personally, I have always had Canon P&S cameras and love the colors - always look so alive. After reading a few books, I understod why the colors are so pronounced in Canon vs Nikon [Masterclass book/Ton Ang]. Anyway, I love Canon but Nikon was mu choice for DSLR; mainly because they came in at a price point that fits my budget.

    Hey madison raine,

    My advice to you, good or bad; stick to manual mode and don't think taking 10k pictures alone will improve your skills, explore the myriads of techniques covered in books and other media. Your enthusiasm is inspiring!!

  • Paula Lay July 8, 2011 05:38 pm

    Popular does not necessarily mean the best. Brand loyal or not - this inforgraph is more for a sales perspective, rather than a helpful guide for consumers.

  • mike July 8, 2011 05:36 pm

    I have used Nikon all my pro life. The bodys are great and great value for money however the lens's are overpriced i feel. I use D3s - D300s's and a D70, converted to IR. The D3 i use for work the D300s's i use as back up and for travel work

  • Rick V July 8, 2011 05:21 pm

    Both brands are excellent. I chose Canon initially because of marginal preferences and stick with it because I don't see any reason to take a loss on prior investments - they're still only marginally different. The camera body chase is less of an issue than the lenses. I'd like to see a similar comparison of lens quality/versatility history.

  • Steve July 8, 2011 05:18 pm

    Both Canon and Nikon and like quite a few people have said already it doesnt matter what brand the Camera is its down to Skill and technique (think back to the days of the Box Brownie ) Personally i like both brands but have a Nikon D3 a Nikon D300(much lighter and easier to lug around in my backpack with similar features to the D3) and a Canon 40D.. all very usefull nice cameras in their own right and i have the luxury of choosing the right camera for the right occasion ..

  • George Johnson July 8, 2011 05:02 pm

    From Kodak to Olympus, to Minolta, to Canon.

    I bought a second hand Canon 300D 6 years ago and I started accumulting kit and obviously getting used to Canon systems. Have too much Canon kit now to think about changing, not without blowing my wife's blood-pressure through the roof! I've moved up from 300D, to 450D to 550D with various L-series bits and hoping to secure a 5D soon. My kit is good enough for what I want and for my limited ability, although I must admit I keep thinking about dumping it all and going Nikon if nothing else than to be different from the herd and take advantage of the better noise handling on Nikon. The AF system on the Canon can damn annoying at times, refusing to focus on the outer markers but there's no chance of anything changing until the mortgage is cleared in a couple of years! LOL!

  • Anthony Haynes July 8, 2011 04:54 pm

    I own a Nikon D7000 and i'm in love with it. Perfect camera because for an enthusiast its a great camera that fills the "small" gap between enthusiast and professional. Everything about it says rugged and solid thanks to the magnesium alloy body. Loads of my friends use cannons but they often have a problem with the after sales service, especially in South Africa which is where i'm from.

    On another note, just wanted to say thanks to you Darren for an awesome website. Love the tutorials and the inspirational projects such as 365.

  • Man In Black AZ July 8, 2011 04:34 pm

    When I sold my film gear in 2006 to go into digital the repair people told my at that time Nikon was using many Canon parts, because Nikon research and development was behind the curve and state of the art at that time. So I started digital with Canon DSLR and Lenses my current big camera is the EOS 7D. I have a mix of four Canon lenses, plus the Tamron 18-270mm zoom. Then a mix of Canon Point and shoots with the G-12 on my hip all the time. Have the Pentax W-90 for bad weather and wet conditions. I shoot Raw normally and use Apple Aperture 3.1.2 for import and image processing. It is along way from my first Pinhole camera, then 4x5 Speed Graphic, and a series of Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Olympus, 35mm film cameras along with 2 1/4 and film cameras.

    The key to good or great images is the eye in back of the camera. The sense of timing, when to push the button,
    what to include in the frame and having the ability to wait for the right time. You do not need a full 35mm frame to record great images. It is a sales tool.

    The time-line (you infographic) is missing may developments in both camera lines. So the true value is not present.

    Like others have stated the sales amount do not present a accurate picture. The units sold might be a truer picture.

    One thing to note at any sporting event look at the sideline cameras, many, many are Canon with Canon glass.

    In the past year I have used both Canon and Nikon current model and recorded outstanding images with each.

    DPS thank you for bring the subject up. Now find a true research person to present the full story.

  • Rob July 8, 2011 04:33 pm

    My first camera was a Nikon D3000. Upgraded since to the D5100 and I'm loving it.

    When I was first looking for a DSLR, everyone said that there wasn't much in it in the Canon v Nikon debate; but I was advised at the time that Nikon might be (slightly) more robust. That informed the decision, but now that I have extra gear (lenses and stuff) there's a huge barrier to changing.

    So - for the manufacturers, you need to put most of your effort in capturing that first DSLR sale! Once a customer is hooked, it's pretty much for life!

  • Alanna St. Laurent July 8, 2011 04:15 pm

    I started out with my first DSLR being a Nikon D80. I went Nikon at the time due to getting it same-as-cash financing. I had never had either Nikon or Canon before. I upgraded to the Nikon D700 almost a year ago...until I went on a trip to the Oregon coast and was in a losing battle with a wave and the camera done died. So, given i couldn't afford to replace it, I decided to change over to Canon 7D. Luckily I didn't have many full frame lenses, but part of the decision to change is friends with Canon who gave me the hard sell (one friend has tens of thousands worth of glass), so I jumped ship. There are days I pine for my D700...and who knows I may change back when the D800 decides to show up.

  • Paul July 8, 2011 04:06 pm

    I started with a Canon A-1 back in 1981 (fantastic camera) then found a smokin Canon T-90 at a swap meet in the early 90s. mean time I had aquired about ten lenses. Then when i went to make the switch to a DSLR I
    found out my lenses would not fit on the new Canon DSLRs. Now if i had a Nikon my old lenses would fit on the cameras. Needless to say I was upset to say the least. So I put my DSLR purchase off for a few more years. Finally I broke down and bought a brand spankin new NIKON D-200. I figured I owed that to Nikon for not making ther customers buy all new glass. I now have about a half dozen lenses and a couple old ones that I bought on E-Bay that I got a steal on and they are beautiful and I would never been able to afford if I had
    went with Canon. I feel that Canon really cheated ther Customers.

  • Sohrab July 8, 2011 04:00 pm

    I was about to buy a Canon while reading about both Canons and Nikons. Back then I was considering between a Rebel EOS and a Nikon D50. I played around with the Canon, but the first time I picked up the Nikon it just felt perfect in my hands.Read that Kodak and Fuji picked Nikkor lenses for their bodies and bought the Nikon. I now have aD90 with three lenses and an external flash and am very happy with them. I am sure I would have been happy with the Canon too.Like comparing Ford and Chevy! The Nikon still feels better in my hands.

  • Shuvendra July 8, 2011 03:36 pm

    Just a hard core canon fan, because the first camera I had was a canon powershot a610 and was really impressed by the photo quality and the host of features it provided in that small form factor which no other point and shoot camera has even today.

  • mc_razza July 8, 2011 03:34 pm

    I currently use a Nikon Coolpix S8000. This model is the first Nikon camera. Up until then I had been an admirer of Canon's cameras from afar and didn't really know much about Nikon's range of cameras but I didn't really buy into the Canon vs Nikon debate either. Now as a "convert" so to say I am more partial to Nikon's cameras rather than Canon's but that's not to say Canon are crap: far from it. Both are good and I would be happy owning cameras from both manufacturers.

    Having said all that, I would DESPERATELY love to get my hands on a Nikon D7000. :)

    Anyone?

  • Krishnam July 8, 2011 03:32 pm

    It was hard deciding between Canon and Nikon when I was trying to make a purchase one yar back. Finally I bought Canon T1i because it was cheaper than Nikon 5000 and so are the glasses. I love my camera and it meets all my requirements and I am sure Nikon is also makes equally good cameras.

  • Timo July 8, 2011 03:27 pm

    I'm using a Nikon because that just seemed to be the better choice at the moment of purchase, based on a gut feeling and amount of money I had in the pocket. But after all, isn't it so that the biggest variable in taking the photographs can be found behind the camera? ;-) If you wish to take photos of only resolution patterns and you get your kicks out of comparing noise levels then do the selection based on technical specs. But if you wish to have an artistic touch in the photos, it doesn't matter in the long run that which camera you have, right?

  • James Humberg July 8, 2011 03:25 pm

    Nikon /Canon have been throwing so many buckets of money at PopPhoto for so long, that the consumer can't get an honest assessment of what is good or bad about either camera company's lenses or bodies.

    So here are little Pentax/Sony/ Olympus with their image stabilization in their bodies, and saving John Q. Public half on their lens purchases. And besides that their lenses are sometimes sharper than some Nikon/Canon equivalent lenses.

    Then we have lens quality, and honesty in the press!...Just last month Pop Photo had a Canon Wide Angle to medium Tele zoom that was resolving so poorly that it could not break the 8 x 10 barrier...The SQF was totally Yellow from 5 x 7 and beyond...But did they say anything about the poor performance...NO! They waltzed around the issue with jargon and bokay to help prop up the lenses sales chances. So remember this little ditty on Pop Photo's lens SQF performance box...Better Red than Dead! I own two Pentax lenses, and all my others are Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, and Opteka! The SQF's on all these lenses were better than Manufacture's equivalent...See Sigma 10-20, and how many Nikon/Canon bodies that have entered camera competitions with This Gem of a Lens on them!

  • Raz July 8, 2011 03:05 pm

    Ahhh, the old "my brand is better than yours" debate.

    I have seen amazing photographs taken with all brands and types of cameras. Canon, Nikon, Leica etc...Rangefinders, SLRs, View Cameras and even a 80 year old Brownie (taken around 1930).

    The best most elaborate camers in the hands of an amateur is going to produce a bad photo. Likewise, an 80 year old Brownie in the hands of a trained photographer with the 'eye' can produce amazing photos.

    Canon...Nikon...Leica??? Whatever trips your trigger... All major brand cameras today (SLRs) are equally good and with all the bells and whistles... they mean nothing when it comes time to press the shutter.

    More importantly..if you want to be an accomplished photographer and produced the amazing photos... get trained. Take Classes...study and PRACTICE! :)

  • Elizabeth Heumier July 8, 2011 02:51 pm

    I jumped into DSLRs for the first time with a Pentax Kx. Main reason - it fits in my hands. (size 6 1/2 gloves). I also like it backwards compatibility with older lenses.

  • philip abogoh July 8, 2011 02:50 pm

    when technical grounds form basis of comparison,nikon is far ahead of canon!!!if you are a wedding photographer like me or you shoot action packed event and you care about number of shots in focus,nikon will be your most desired product!

  • Preeti July 8, 2011 02:49 pm

    I bought Canon point and shoot as my first digital camera,= and got hooked to it because of its results and in comparison other Camera's pics faded out. So I became loyal! n bought my second high-end Camera of Canon..But cant say Nikon is not good since i saw it some time back.....comparisons are brilliant and output at par!

  • Tom July 8, 2011 02:45 pm

    I use a Canon 60D and LOVE it. Wonderful value. I realise that various Nikons have their individual strengths too, but as I began digital with a Canon point and shoot, and became familiar with the menus it was easiest for me to stay with the brand. I don't want the intellectual burden of learning a new system but I applaud all the manufacturers for constantly pushing the technological boundaries to the benefit of us, the consumers.

  • GradyPhilpott July 8, 2011 02:42 pm

    I use Nikon. I made the decision to go with Nikon when I bought my D3000 a couple of years ago.

    I didn't have an extraordinary amount of cash invested in lenses, so that didn't really influence my decision to stick with Nikon when I bought my D7000.

    I refuse to argue the relative merits of Canon over Nikon, or vice versa, but for me the Nikons feel good to me and I'm now accustom to Nikon and there is few things to niggle about with the images they produce.

    The D7000 came out at the right time for me and with its specs and its having been targeted at enthusiasts, it was the best camera for me at the time and for a long time to come.

    There are many wonderful cameras out there. I'm just glad I chose Nikon.

  • Pete July 8, 2011 02:42 pm

    I do not hold aliegence to either. I learned photography on my Dad's old Ricoh (with a busted exposure meter). Next was his old Pentax. After my first real job in high school I bought a Nikon FM2 with a 105mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens because Dad had an F3. I loved and used that combo to the enth degree. Flip forward a couple decade and a bit and I entered the digital age by selling that for a D-40 and built a nice kit. I cut my digital photography teeth with that but sadly had it stolen last year. Finances demanded I get a used Canon 40D with a 28-105mm zoom. A great camera! OK lens. Now pinching pennies to get some good glass.

    If I've learned one thing through all og that it is that it really doesn't matter what the name on the camera or the glass is - it is up to the creativity and imagination of the person behind it (but, admittedly, the name can help the ego sometimes)!

  • david July 8, 2011 02:39 pm

    I have been shooting for about 30 years now give or take. Often times, friends and fellow photographers ask me what they should buy when looking at cameras and trying to avoid getting caught up in the holy war/debate that is Nikon vs. Canon. I always answer the same way, and feel this approach holds true even to this day.

    My advice is simply this:

    Ergonomics is the answer. Each manufacturer has a different take on how the cameras "Feel" in your hand. How they are laid out, how the controls are designed and placed, the grip and balance of the tool. Pick a model from each manufacturer and touch them. Hold them, use the menus, work the camera. Then do it with your eyes closed. One will feel better in your hands. One will be more comfortable than the other and the higher up the line you go this will become even more evident. Once you pick the one that feels right. That's your camera. Now that you have a tool, the real task is learning or practicing the "Art of Photography."

    As someone else said above. A good photographer can take a good picture with any camera. The tool is a means to an end, but does not account for the art of composition and the understanding of light and how to capture it.

    I started with a Pentax K1000, moved to Minolta Maxxum 9000 and then to Nikon. While I love my Nikon cameras I have to say, the best absolute best camera I have ever owned was my K1000. It's simply indestructible, simple to use and forced you to learn photography. The less you mess with the camera the more fun you have using it.

    Happy Shooting

  • Allan July 8, 2011 02:37 pm

    The old debate over Canon vs. Nikon is a personal one – Much the same as with Apple Mac vs. Windows based computers. I equate Canon users with Apple Mac Users – that is utterly dedicated to the brand. Nothing wrong in this as it shows their dedication and brand loyalty.
    I use a Nikon for these reasons. a) I tried a Canon EOS 1000D at a wedding and it annoyed me! Nothing wrong with the pictures but I was using a Ricoh Gx-100 at the same time and this little camera was a delight to use. When I picked up a Nikon D3100 all the options were better for me – it felt the same as the Ricoh did! b) I read an article on Vietnam war photographers – a number of them switched to Nikons from Leica – they figured why pay 4x the price when the Nikon was just as robust and there was no difference in their published pictures. c) Nikon lens caps are far more robust and fit better than Canon. d) I like Nikons Vivid setting – and love the Adaptive Dynamic Range setting. e) Nikon lens have advanced features built into them, so that new features on updated bodies can still talk to older lens! I don’t Know how they do it but they do seem to make compatible lens for future use with an updated body.

  • SKumarS July 8, 2011 02:34 pm

    I just bought Nikon D5100, was reading all possible reviews available in internet about Nikon and was quite familiar with it, so it was easy for me to learn the basics of it. I have nothing against Canon in fact many of my friends use Canon and are happy with it. I compared Nikon and canon similar models and thought Nikon is lil cheaper in terms of pricing and had whatever I thought I wanted. Many reviews also suggested that the picture quality is better in Nikon and I read a review showing the picture comparison and I liked Nikon's images.

  • Gerry July 8, 2011 02:33 pm

    I just bought my first DSLR camera and I chose a Canon 550D. The reason I chose Canon was because most of the professional photographers I've seen on TV use Canon but as most of the Posters mentioned, there's would be very little difference between Canon and Nikon and it’s the person behind the lens that makes the difference

  • Michael July 8, 2011 02:27 pm

    I mostly use Canon, like many because it was one of my first SLR's and as I continued to invest in Canon hardware there was simply no good reason to switch. However, I have used many brands and styles of cameras in many different studios over the years.

    For the top models from every brand they all make great products but like cars you can get a great little car from Kia that will run fine and get you where you need to go but it will never be a Mercedes Benz, it won't work as well, be as safe, ride as nice or be as comfortable and people do judge you in some places by what you drive.

    Cameras are no different, sometimes on a job I may pull out a 2 1/4 or a 4X5 field camera to help the client feel more comfortable as ti's something physical they can judge you by and assume professional tools equals skill. it's not true of coarse but they are in part paying for the experience as much as the end product, like sales people who dress far above their means to help customers feel they are successful and therefore deserve bigger orders. Sometimes brand name and gear can help a client feel like you're the solution simply because you look like what they expect to be paying for.

    Yes, it's seems shallow but like any good department store and restaurant the presentation is at least half as important as the product in helping the customer value the product and price.

  • Craig July 8, 2011 02:24 pm

    I bought my first Nikon (F2) 40 years ago and now use the D90. Love nikons love nikkor lenses wouldn't trade

  • Robin Sanders July 8, 2011 01:57 pm

    I always smile when the "mine's better (bigger) than yours" discussion starts.

    ALL modern kit is good.

    It's the skill of the photographer that counts.

  • shetu July 8, 2011 01:54 pm

    How about a Sony?

  • Sara W. July 8, 2011 01:54 pm

    I'm a loyal Nikon user. I've loved my Nikons, and I own a point and shoot Coolpix, and a D3100. My parents are Canon SLR owners, though, so it's awkward. ;)

  • Haardnox July 8, 2011 01:23 pm

    I'm a Nikon user simply because the placement of the controls are comfortable and make sense to me . I think you should use what you are comfortable with. It is hard to be creative if you are always trying to remember where all the buttons are. :)

  • Sony Shooter July 8, 2011 01:20 pm

    Why isn't Sony in the discussion? Don't they supply much of the technology in these cameras?

  • brandon July 8, 2011 01:17 pm

    I use Nikon and panasonic (nikon bodies/lenses, and panasonic bodies ie micro four thirds). I chose Nikon because my friends and fellow aspiring photographers use Nikon, and we can share lenses. I use panasonic bodies on occasion for travel and walk around (usually I use a small prime).

  • Richard Harrison July 8, 2011 01:06 pm

    I have a D2X and an EOS 7D. Both great devices. But I like the "feel" of the 7D better and when I feel good I take better shots. :)

  • AR Cherian July 8, 2011 01:05 pm

    Back when I was deciding to buy my first DSLR, I was all set to buy a Canon T1i. I went to a Best Buy to check it out in person, and saw this Nikon camera I wasn't even thinking about sitting next to it and it looked nice. As soon as I picked up the Nikon, I knew it was the camera for me. It was a D90, and the comfort of holding the body, ergonomics of how the buttons were laid out, and the layout of the menu system just felt so good to me. Since I knew that I would be spending a lot of time using and holding the camera, ergonomics were important to me. So to people who ask me to recommend cameras or brands, now I always recommend holding the cameras in your hand first as Nick said.

    Since then, I have used a Sony a550 and Canon 5DmkII extensively for long periods of time, and I still find the Nikon to be more comfortable and ergonomically laid out better. It's as if a bunch of photographers got together and put a lot of thought into where the perfect position for a button is or how the menus should be laid out. I respect all the major makes but to me a saying I heard a while ago probably has some truth in it from my experience: "engineers design Canons while photographers design Nikons."

  • Elis Alves July 8, 2011 01:04 pm

    I use Canon because it was the first more serious digital camera I owned and my mentor happened to work with the same brand. I had already seen the incredible crispness of the images Canon produces and I loved how easy it was to work with the camera as opposed to a Nikon DSLR which I happened to handle at the time. The controls and buttons all felt very foreign to me. That said, though I have use a Canon body I also use a few great Nikon lenses from my dad's old SLR. They're AWESOME! :c)

  • jp martinez July 8, 2011 01:03 pm

    i use canon because i love the quality but it does not mean that i hate nikon. its just that i used to hold canon cameras for years but i make sure im still updated with what's is happening with the nikon world...

  • Anonymous July 8, 2011 12:57 pm

    I use nikon. I've barely ever shot canon so I wouldn't really know.

  • Lawrence Baker July 8, 2011 12:57 pm

    Pentax from Spotmatic 2 through to the K5. Canon and Nikon make excellent cameras too, but the K5 punches above its weight, giving away nothing to the other two makes. Additionally, its shining integrity, evidenced by the backward compatibility with iconic Takumar lenses, and a Pentax adapter, easily makes Pentax the make of choice. Built in stabilisation enables the camera body to stabilize all of these old lenses, even factoring in the focal length of each lens. Nobody makes better lenses than Pentax. The lenses made 40 years ago are superbly engineered and feel as tight as new. Focus confirmation with manual lenses also overcomes a potential difficulty with their use.
    I am fortunate to have collected SMC Takumar primes of focal length 28,55,105,135,200 and 300mm before they became so sought after and in many cases, expensive on ebay.

  • Jez July 8, 2011 12:55 pm

    don;t care about their sales. I care about the photos i took on my Nikon

  • Dave Wilson July 8, 2011 12:50 pm

    I went to the store picked up a Conon the a Nikon. The Nikon felt right so thats what I got. I used Minolta film cameras and thouht my pictures were just as good as good as those taken with the big too. Cameras are just a tool and face it all of them are great. It's how you use them.

  • MARK July 8, 2011 12:47 pm

    I agree that the comparison information is AWFUL in every way.

    When I used film cameras, I was a Nikon user "all the way". But when switching to digital, I "bit the bullet", sold all my Nikon stuff and switched to Canon. As a professional, I count on my equipment to make a living, and at the time, Canon was the superior system. And their customer service and willingness to listen to feedback from us pros was outstanding.

  • Bill July 8, 2011 12:42 pm

    Have Canon, and Pentax , played with a Nikon for a short while. Loved the Nikon body, but the Canon L glass will keep me with them for the long haul. Now if they could just combine the two ................ okay so I dream a lot. Isn't that part of photography too?
    I think we are lucky to have both of them as competitors.

  • Barry July 8, 2011 12:34 pm

    I use Nikon, but what is really important is do you drive to the shoot in a Ford or a Chevy??

  • Serge Tremblay July 8, 2011 12:32 pm

    For over 30 years I used Yashica system (film). I have been always satisfied with Yashica, never had a problem. I have also a YashicaMat, medium format. Now in the digital age, I bough a Nikon D90 last year. I really love that camera. My good friend have a Canon rebel, a very good camera to but I prefer the Nikon for its general feeling in hands and for all its capabilities. For instant photography, I use a Lumix FS15 and I like it also....
    ST

  • Canon user July 8, 2011 12:30 pm

    I use a Canon. It makes little difference what you use. Nikon and Canon sell cameras in all price ranges. If I won the lottery I would buy one of each of everything both Canon and Nikon sells. [at least in the DSLR ranbge and all lens]. Then if a freind says he can't stand Nikon I would use Canon equip. when I was around them and vice versa.

  • frankb July 8, 2011 12:29 pm

    For what it's worth I use both.

    My first decent SLR was a Nikon F2A, and like many others have already said, because I'd invested heavily in good quality glass I've stuck with Nikons through my upgrades. I like the longevity of the F-mount and still have my 30+ year old 500 mm f/8 lens, which works perfectly on today's Nikon dSLRs. However, if today I had to completely replace all of my gear I'd be hard pressed to decide between the two brands.

    That said, my compact cameras have always been Canons. In the early years the Nikon film compacts were pretty ordinary, and I think Canon still holds an advantage here. Nowadays I use my Canon G11 more often than my Nikon dSLR.

    But this thread is all about the emotional aspects of brand loyalty and has nothing to do with making images. As the famous quote goes, "owning a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer - it just makes you a Nikon owner."

  • John July 8, 2011 12:29 pm

    I have used Canons since I got my first Canon A-1 based on good quality and a slight price advantage over the Nikon. Advanced to EOS and since my daughters started photography we have developed a pool of EOS lenses to share.

  • Robbie Preston July 8, 2011 12:24 pm

    In the days of Film, I acquired a Canon FB 1, from a friend with 3 or 4 oddball lens. About a year latter (86)it was stolen. My insurance purchased me all new state of the art Canon, every thing.

    2003 I went to Austraila for two months with all my canada film gear. plus a Sony Ps1. I returned with only one 1 roll roll of film exposed, but I had the laptop and over 2 doz disc full of digital images.

    2006 when to purchase a new digital camera and switched to Nikon. Why, my D 70s could be turned on and shot with one hand, the Canon had a off/on switch on the left side and the shutter on the right so one needed two hands free to take quick shots.

    Now have two, D70s, a P90, and looking to add a new D5100 to my collection.

  • Lorri A July 8, 2011 12:23 pm

    I currently use a Nikon D3100, was tossing up between that and a Canon EOS 1000D, was a close contest, I decided on the Nikon because of the awesome deal I was given by the retailer at the time.

  • Rich July 8, 2011 12:18 pm

    My first two cameras were Canon P&S and I wouldn't trade my Canon for anything. But like many others my father already had a Nikon DSLR and a great Nikkor 18-200mm and so when it came time to buy a DSLR I chose to purchase a Nikon and am very very happy with it and have taken some very great pictures with it.

  • monkeyfurball July 8, 2011 12:16 pm

    Some of your charts are misleading and confusing. Canon is a GIANT compared to Nikon. Canon's sales are $47 Billion a year. Nikon's sales are $8 Million a year. All in US dollars. Doesn't make sense to compare them financially. Canon could put Nikon out of business tomorrow if they wanted to. Anyway, I use Canon equipment because they have stellar lenses and camera bodies for wildlife and sports.

  • rick July 8, 2011 12:14 pm

    I have 2 cameras. A Canon rebel 35mm And a Nikon d 40 Canon and nikon are like ford and chevy it's all a preference in my opinion I like my nikon d 40 I am in the process of getting either a d5100 or d7000 I've learned how to use my nikon dslr camera and most likely will stay with nikon

  • Kartika Angkawijaya July 8, 2011 12:13 pm

    I use Nikon D90, simply because my dad was a Nikon FT3 user, and I want to be able to use his vintage film camera. Since film is relatively more expensive nowadays, so buying a DSLR is a good investment. I chose D90 because it's affordable and I still can mount my dad lens into it. sweet!

  • tchudson July 8, 2011 12:05 pm

    I started my photography years ago with a Minolta and used Minoltas until I got my first digital back in 2001. That was a Canon G2. Moved up to a Canon Xsi a couple of years back. Haven't invested a lot in lenses, so I could see trying Nikon at some point. I like the fact that the Nikon body has the image stabilization rather than the lenses. I do wish more technical info was included in the chart. As a technical writer, I was so amazed at how utterly useless the chart is.

  • Jim July 8, 2011 12:01 pm

    Like a lot of other seasoned photographers, I started out with a brand (Canon) and have stayed with them because not only am I very familiar with it's operation, but I have acquired quite a bit of glass and accessories. To replace the glass alone would cost me over $15,000. That said, I have no problem with Nikon or any other make. Each has its merits.

  • mortamz July 8, 2011 11:57 am

    the first SLR I held was a Nikon..... never known any other brand since then.....

  • Andrew Page July 8, 2011 11:51 am

    I use a Canon, it is my second one now and I just love it! I am really impressed with the Canon L lenses and even their high end non-L lenses. However I haven't used any high class Nikon Lenses so I really couldn't compare the two. When buying I found that on paper the Nikon and Canon cameras both had advantages so I simply chose the one that I felt was more ergonomic in terms of use. I have many friends who completely disagree saying that Nikons are by far easier and more comfortable to hold and use so its just a matter of preference. In terms of using Nikon equipment, given the chance I would have no qualms about it only that I now have some good Canon glass it would be har to start from scratch again. I am quite loyal to Canon and I think I'll continue using them as long as they keep making amazing cameras like the 60D!

  • Kent July 8, 2011 11:45 am

    I use both Canon and Nikon. After I had a camera stolen I bought my first Canon based on the fact that they had the highest FPS and I was shooting a lot of kids sporting events. I have stayed with Canon for my personal use at home but use Nikon at the office. I do macro photography (dental) and have found the Nikon flash to be superior to the canon ring light for this application.

  • Pat Grover July 8, 2011 11:44 am

    When I purchased my dslr last August, it was Nikon D700. I had originally thought to go Canon as my old slr was the AE-1 Programmer. Loved it and took wonderful shots with it. Not knowing a thing about the dslr, I bought a Nikon D5700 Coolpix at Goodwill for $19.95 and got started on the digital. One of the strong points that lead me to the D700 was the low light shooting capability, without going up to the higher priced D3. Still love the old Canon AE-1 Programmer, even though I am very happy with the Nikon D700.

  • Joel July 8, 2011 11:43 am

    Toni -- I have the Canon Powershot SX20 and the difference between it and any DSLR is pretty dramatic. Go buy a Nikon and a Canon DSLR and whichever one you don't like, return before the return policy is over. :-)

  • Gerry Johansen July 8, 2011 11:40 am

    Congrats on the new baby boy!!! Hope Mom, Louis, brothers and even Dad are doing well. I shoot with Canon. Have had flim Rebels and two Rebel digitals. Moved up to Canon 50D this past winter. Why a Canon? It was a decision that was out of my hands, really. My son and his girlfried wanted to get me a good camera back in 1998. She shot with a Canon, so that was the camera with which she was most familiar. Been there ever since. I know there is a rivalry, but it's nothing like the one between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

  • Toni Aull July 8, 2011 11:39 am

    I bought a canon powershot SX30 IS on amazon.com-then I fell down some boulder rocks AND so did my canon...well, after a boo-hoos a friend lend me his Nikon D5000 while he was on vacation and I was really surprised on the picture quality...so I am in limbo between my love for canon or quality photos...HMMM.... choosing is tough

  • Jess July 8, 2011 11:35 am

    i have a d3100 nikon and i love it is such a wonderful camera is te best

  • TheShutteredLife July 8, 2011 11:11 am

    We have been loyal to Nikon since we started thinking of getting a DSLR. I love the colors of Nikon compared to Canon (just my own opinion). We will probably stick to Nikon and will just upgrade to another Nikon dslr. I love the feel of Nikon compared to Canon in my hands. Maybe it is just a matter of getting used to it and which is most comfortable in your hands. For me it's Nikon.

    Though when we were still using P&S years ago, we had a Canon which is now with my sister.

  • Photo Marg July 8, 2011 10:50 am

    I own both Canon and Nikon cameras as well as a new FujiFilm Finepix X100 which I love. I have used other cameras in the past such as Voigtlander Bessy and Zenit B. The Canon is a Digital Ixus 430 which has produced some amazing photos. The Nikons I have used are the D40 and the D5000. Both are adequate cameras. It would be good to try some high end cameras from both stables.

  • Foot Marg July 8, 2011 10:44 am

    I own both Canon and Nikon cameras as well as a new FujiFilm Finepix X100 which I love. I have used other cameras in the past such as Voigtlander Bessy and Zenit B. The Canon is a Digital Ixus 430 which has produced some amazing photos. The Nikons I have used are the D40 and the D5000. Both are adequate cameras. It would be good to try some high end cameras from both stables.

  • Mei Teng July 8, 2011 10:40 am

    I am a Canon user and will definitely be sticking with it. Don't think I will be switching to another brand.

  • Phillydog1958 July 8, 2011 10:38 am

    I'm now a Nikon loyalist, but my first SLR was a Canon AE-1. Both companies make great products. Use whichever you like. Just take the best pics that you can.

  • Joseph Lim July 8, 2011 10:38 am

    Always been a Canon user since day 1. I opt for Canon because in the place where I stayed there is only Canon service centre available locally. As a big fan of photography, I do not think one is better than the other in terms of photographic capabilities. Both Canon and Nikon are very capable camera manufacturer. Seriously it's quite pointless to engage in brand wars.

  • Patrick July 8, 2011 10:25 am

    As pointed out above, this infographic looks nice but was a pain to actually read and is somewhat misleading. First example I noticed (as did Joel above) is the difference in units and domain for the sales figures, which suggested to me at first glance that Nikon had the most market share until I looked more closely at the units (I can't remember who it was who showed that merely using a word like "billion" would make a statistic sound bigger).

    To the question of what I use, I found the layout of the Canon SLRs to be fairly intuitive when trying out friends' cameras, so went with a 550D, and will probably stay with Canon just because I don't want to buy a whole new set of glass for another system (Nikon or otherwise).

  • Rick July 8, 2011 10:05 am

    This article is about as pointless as I've seen on DPS. And usually the articles here are pretty good.

  • Spark July 8, 2011 08:25 am

    Two things with this article:
    1. As has been pointed out many times, the charts being so different makes the info useless.
    2. With an artile talking about a comparison of financial and consumer data, I assumed it would be more practical to the individual - e.g. a comparison of the cost of ownership between Nikon and Canon based on "standard" setups for beginner, hobbyist, and pro.

    And I use Canon. Why? I've always had good luck with Canon equipment, be it cameras, printers, scanners, whatever...

  • Marconi July 8, 2011 08:02 am

    I have canon. This is what I started with in the low end (rebel xt). Like most others, now that I have accumulated a lot of glass and familiarity with the camera functions, menus, etc. I just don't want to reinvest in either lens or time to learn to navigate features. Time is better spent learning to be a better photographer.

  • LeFu July 8, 2011 07:40 am

    I mean chromatic aberration reduction system ;)

  • LeFu July 8, 2011 07:39 am

    I use Nikon and I'm very happy with it.
    I wonder why nobody is pointing out in any comparison that nikons have build in chromatic aberration system ??
    True it works only in JPG, but not everybody shoots RAW, well I'm ;)

  • dean July 8, 2011 07:34 am

    agree, some of the comparisons are terribly misleading

  • Joel July 8, 2011 06:56 am

    Back when I was in school the Olympus cameras ate batteries. Is this still the case?

  • v July 8, 2011 06:47 am

    born and raised a canon lover (film days)....who now uses olympus as well as canon.

  • Bryan July 8, 2011 06:21 am

    Exactly, Derek, or even the blurbs on the back cover of a Tufte book.

  • Bryan July 8, 2011 06:18 am

    Ditto on the information analysis, if this woman is doing this for a living, she's liable to get her clients sued for misleading information. I started to try to make sense of the sales comparison, just to show how "off" it is, but her labels are so confusing, I can't even make sense of it. First, the two graphs show two entirely different periods of time. Even worse, she labels the Canon graph "Millions of Yen" then starts at the bottom with "50,000,000" (which probably should be 500,000 (at least both graphs appear to start at "0", which is at least one thing she did right) Then the rest of it going up is millions, which would mean they're selling TRILLIONS, or 100 times what Nikon is selling. If the numbers (aside from the bottom one) are correct unadjusted to millions, Nikon is outselling Canon by a large margin. And do these sales include printers, medical optical equipment, etc, or is this just consumer/pro camera equipment? There are many other issues with the graphic in general (putting random bullet points with dates on a drawing does not make a timeline that shows their relative innovations in any sort of context) but the sales comparison is the most glaring, anyone calling themselves an information designer should know better than that.

  • C July 8, 2011 06:17 am

    My friend's brother was selling his Sony DSLR and it was a good deal, so that's what I ended up with! That first purchase is the most critical for establishing brand loyalty, because who wants to be buying new lenses, batteries, cables, flashes, etc. when they upgrade? It sounds like most of us kept whatever brand we started with.

  • DerekL July 8, 2011 05:49 am

    Someone needs to read Edward Tufte. 'nuff said.

  • Dr. Bob July 8, 2011 05:41 am

    Have a Pentax film SLR camera and now a Nikon DSLR. Before the Nikon I owned a Canon G9 which broke twice, the second time beyond economical repair in just 2.5 years. Canon basically told me, "we're very sorry but you're warranty is over" even though European and Dutch law clearly state otherwise. So no more Canon for me...

  • Mark July 8, 2011 05:19 am

    Canon. Started shooting Canon with the AE-1 and have stuck with them for almost 30 years. Really glad about that now that I live in Hawaii. With our harsh salt water climate and frequent rain durability is a very important factor. I have been out shooting with friends who shoot Nikon when their Nikons have died from the environment we were shooting in while my Canon just kept right on going all day long. It is a pain to clean it up after a long hard day out in the salty wet air but at least it is just cleaning, not a trip to the repair shop which seems to happen frequently with the Nikon shooters around here.

  • madison raine July 8, 2011 05:11 am

    I just relized, that the camera shown in the comparison, the Nikon D3100, was the camera I wanted, but couldn't afford. I think Nikon has a lot of expensive high tech stuff, but they also got cheap stuff that is just as good, like a 14.2 MP digital camera for $279 I think, or you could buy a DSLR from them and it's way more, even if it is less mega pixel. You know at some store websites, if you purchase online, you can just click and see comparisons of the two different kinds, Nikon and Cannon.

    The camera I am getting is a Nikon D3000 DSLR, (I'm getting it in 5 days can't wait!!!!!)
    does ANYONE have this camera? Because it will be my first SLR, and I got a REALLY GOOD deal, got a package deal, and it's going to come with a book to explain it,
    but if any of you have ever had it I would be glad to take some advice.

    RIght now I got just a digital camera, witch I have took thousands and thousands of pictures with. And I think I'm pretty good with it as a young photographer, so I wanted to upgrade.So I do KNOW how to take photos, but I NEED advice on SLR's, and some advice on photographing people.

    This site has helped me a lot, so did taking a class, but this site has been VERY helpful.

    PLEASE SOMEONE RESPOND TO ME..............

  • madison raine@gmail.com July 8, 2011 05:10 am

    I just relized, that the camera shown in the comparison, the Nikon D3100, was the camera I wanted, but couldn't afford. I think Nikon has a lot of expensive high tech stuff, but they also got cheap stuff that is just as good, like a 14.2 MP digital camera for $279 I think, or you could buy a DSLR from them and it's way more, even if it is less mega pixel. You know at some store websites, if you purchase online, you can just click and see comparisons of the two different kinds, Nikon and Cannon.

    The camera I am getting is a Nikon D3000 DSLR, (I'm getting it in 5 days can't wait!!!!!)
    does ANYONE have this camera? Because it will be my first SLR, and I got a REALLY GOOD deal, got a package deal, and it's going to come with a book to explain it,
    but if any of you have ever had it I would be glad to take some advice.

    RIght now I got just a digital camera, witch I have took thousands and thousands of pictures with. And I think I'm pretty good with it as a young photographer, so I wanted to upgrade.So I do KNOW how to take photos, but I NEED advice on SLR's, and some advice on photographing people.

    This site has helped me a lot, so did taking a class, but this site has been VERY helpful.

    PLEASE SOMEONE RESPOND TO ME..............

  • David July 8, 2011 05:04 am

    I'm with Joel above, there are multiple problems with this infographic which show the reason why infographics (and charts) can be misleading.

    In the first section, showing the timeline, there is no scale. It would have been more helpful if there was one line, with Canon on top and Nikon on bottom, so we could compare what years each manufacturer came out with different cameras and inventions.

    For the net sales, it's misleading to take two totally separate metrics and place them next to one another. Doing this implicitly claims they're equal, and if someone just looks at the lines they would think Nikon's doing much better than Canon. That's simply not the case.

    Also, with the donut charts, it's confusing having two charts with different sized "donut holes". It creates an optical illusion, making you think that each piece in the first graph (2010 sales) is larger than the second graph.

  • Adrian July 8, 2011 04:46 am

    you can't compare two things with different scales on BOTH axis - millions vs billions and quarters vs years! i'm sure they spent a lot of time putting it together and at the end of the day, the most interesting section is impossible to actually interpret.

    i love canon because that's just what i've always used. i'm sure nikon, sony, pentax or my iPhone camera can be just as good, if not better, in the right hands.

  • Steve July 8, 2011 04:43 am

    I have to agree with Nick P - the comparison was useless. The only valid comparison of data was the Global market share.... bit since numbers weren't given we have to just trust they got the slice size right...

  • Vaughn July 8, 2011 04:39 am

    I agree with Nick. My NIKON cameras are very comfortable to hold. The Canon seems bigger and heavier to me. Both are great cameras, though.

  • Zack Jones July 8, 2011 04:29 am

    I shoot with Canon gear now because that's what I shot when I bought my first SLR (Canon AE-1 Program). While I currently shoot Canon gear I'd be just as happy shooting Nikon if that's what I had. There are several features of the Nikon line up that I like and will probably buy a Nikon at some point in the future. As others have pointed out the brand really doesn't matter. It's what you do with it that counts.

  • Nick July 8, 2011 04:25 am

    I went with Nikon because my hands felt right on the body, I tried Canon bodies and hand didn't feel as comfortable as the Nikon one. Either way you go whether its Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony or Olympus you will be happy, but I find the best way to figure out which brand is the best for you is how comfortable it is in your hand, get which one that feels right in your hand.

  • Matt July 8, 2011 04:21 am

    I'd like to get peoples' thoughts on this: I get the sense from seeing pictures that Canon tends to provide a more color saturated photo, which I like. Nikon seems to present reality as it is. I currently own a Nikon DSLR that is about 5 years old, and I want a point-and-shoot. It's between Canon and Lumix for me now.

    Any agreement on the Canon/saturation comment?

    Which would you go with for a point-and-shoot?..

  • Matt July 8, 2011 04:20 am

    I'd like to get peoples' thoughts on this: I get the sense from seeing pictures that Canon tends to provide a more color saturated photo, which I like. Nikon seems to present reality as it is. I currently own a Nikon DSLR that is about 5 years old, and I want a point-and-shoot. It's between Canon and Lumix for me now.

    Any agreement on the Canon/saturation comment?

    Which would you go with for a point-and-shoot?

  • Bethany July 8, 2011 03:37 am

    I'm a Nikon user. When I first started looking at Cameras I was leaning towards the Canon Rebel series as a starter. However, once I tried out a few cameras I felt that the Nikon (D5000 is the one I settled on) was the right fit for me. I think either brand is comparable. But for me, I'm a Nikon user and quite happy with my choice!

  • Niels van Dijk July 8, 2011 03:35 am

    Nice infographic, but leaves a lot of information out in my opinion, and i doubt if it is right in the numbers.
    I started using canon in 2010, I made my choice by holding different models of Nikon and Canon in my hands, took a look at the menu and just tested how they felt. I chose for canon, it didn't have anything to do with the size or the profits of one of both companies.

  • Brad July 8, 2011 03:34 am

    I generally like numerical comparisons such as this, but ditto what Moe said; these charts are useless. At the risk of sounding a bit harsh, these do little more than showing off the creators design skills rather than a comprehension of information design.

    I mean what's up with the pie (or doughnut) chart for the Canon Net Sales Comparison? No percentages are given for each segment making it impossible to really tell which segment is largest and the holes in two charts are a different size but no explanation is given. We can only assume why that is (partial year data), but we shouldn't have to assume or guess at anything when viewing a chart.

    Let's also talk about the numbers... both Canon and Nikon manufacture a wider variety of products (e.g. photocopiers, industrial equipment). Do your sales figures include all product divisions or just their respective camera operations? Again, the graphics do not provide a valuable comparison unluess context is provided.

  • Ian Baines July 8, 2011 03:31 am

    This infographic is useless. It is impossible to compare Canon and Nikon with the data provided as the examples use different criteria and scale axes and it is all too easy to draw the wrong conclusions.
    I use Canon, i have always used Canon and virtually all of my friends use Canon. I am unlikely to change

  • Ian Baines July 8, 2011 03:31 am

    This infographic is useless. It is impossible to compare Canon and Nikon with the data provided as the examples use different critea and scale axes and it is all too easy to draw the wrong conclusions.
    I use Canon, i have always used Canon and virtually all of my friends use Canon. I am unlikely to change

  • Mike July 8, 2011 03:25 am

    I use Nikon, not because I think it's better than (pick a brand)... it's what was available with the priority club points (a D50, I stay in hotels a lot). Then I bought a lens, then another... I eventually had no way of changing simply due to the finances. Bought a D300, then a D700, and some more lens.

    I pretty much avoid the Canon vs. Nikon argument - no point, and its right up there with

    Ford vs. Chevy,
    PC vs. Mac - OK, I'll argue that one, the PC is better :-)
    Mayonnaise vs. Mustard,
    Cowboys vs. Redskins,
    Coke vs. Pepsi,
    In-n-Out vs. 5 Guys,

    and so on...

  • Ale July 8, 2011 03:20 am

    Nice attempt, but it is impossible to objectively compare the brands with this infog.

  • Moe July 8, 2011 03:00 am

    This infographic is beautiful, but useless.

    It would be a good idea to spend more time on data collection and organization than on photoshop / illurstrator.

  • Joel July 8, 2011 02:56 am

    I FULLY agree with Calvin who said "This holds no significance in real life. A good photographer can make wonders with even a phone camera."

    I started out in university with Pentax, Sony, Canon, and didn't like the Nikon interface. Since then I continued with Canons. I have a Canon 7D that takes gorgeous photos because I outgrew my Canon SX20. Friends of mine have Canon 5Dmk2, Nikon D700, Nikon D7000, and Nikon D90 and they all take gorgeous photos. The shots that come out are all modified in development and post-pro anyways. Even if you do no post-pro, each style is... just that. A style. Once you're shooting with a high end DSLR, unless there is something really wrong like Pentax and Fuji's old barrelling problems or purple fringing from the early 2000's, it's up to the photographer to work with the tool to get the image THEY want and it's not the fault of the tool if the tool is used improperly.

    Infographic.... I need to point out that the Canon and Nikon sales are not comparing apples to apples. Canon sales are showing 2006-2011 but Nikon is showing quarterly for 2010-2011. Let's see the full 2006-2011 statistic for Nikon. And while we're at it, let's make the Canon and Nikon yen figures equal. Canon sales are shown in millions of yen and the Nikon is shown in billions. That is a really bad statistic representation. Please choose one metric and stay with it please!!!
    Nikon 2010 Net Sales: $795.1 billion (0.8 trillion)
    Canon 2010 Net Sales: $3,750 billion (3.8 trillion)
    Nikon 2011 Net Sales: $894 billion (0.9 trillion)
    Canon 2011 Net Sales: $3,800 billion (3.8 trillion)

  • Noelle July 8, 2011 02:55 am

    Canon, but mostly because that's what I grew into photography using, and brand familiarity. I think if i wasn't using Canon, I'd probably look at Pentax - I'm always impressed by the dynamic ranges even their crop sensors put out.

  • Jeff July 8, 2011 02:50 am

    Interesting comparisons, but some of these infographics don't make sense. Why would you show the market share on different charts? Any why would you quote their net sales in different units and on charts with different scales? It makes it much harder to comprehend.

  • Erik July 8, 2011 02:43 am

    I'm on Sony now but will probably move on as 1) tired of weak dealer network (at least in Europe) and 2) disappointed that the a700 replacement turns out to be an SLT. Will probably switch back to Nikon to be able to use my old Nikkor lenses, and although they never seem to be able to put the ISO button on the right place I still think Nikon's button layout makes more sense than Canon's (but I know this is not a universal truth, more of a personal thing ;) )

  • wayne July 8, 2011 02:32 am

    The choice of things to compare between the brands here are not the important factors in choosing a camera. Some of the more important things have been mentioned including what your friends use (so you can swap lenses), how it fits your hand, how it fits your budget, whether you like the menu systems, whether they carry the lenses you need or prefer. Even whether you like to zoom by twisting the the left or right seems more important than what is listed above. It seems to me that the feature comparison between camra bodies only emphasizes how little difference it makes which brand you choose. However, once you choose and start buying lenses, chances are you will stay with that brand forever (unless you are Scott Bourne).

  • timgray July 8, 2011 02:31 am

    Canon, because nothing impresses people more than the white body and red ring around the end of your L series lenses..

  • Lauren July 8, 2011 02:23 am

    I use Canon. This has 100% to do with the fact that my best friends, who got me into photography, have Canons and one of them sold me her Rebel after she upgraded. I will probably remain loyal to Canon because of the ease of sharing lenses with my friends. I also wouldn't want to have to rebuy the same lenses from Nikon in a swap.

  • Sheryl Salisbury July 8, 2011 02:16 am

    I'm a Nikon user. My first DSLR was an Olympus. When it was time to upgrade, I started researching brands. Canon and Nikon ran head to head in most areas. The reason I chose Nikon was for the body of the camera. My research found that Nikon bodies tended to be stronger, more durable and last longer. With the elements I live in (strong wind, lots of dirt) and my clumsy body, I chose the camera body that would be best for me.

  • Victor July 8, 2011 02:15 am

    I have a Canon Rebel, a Nikon D70 and a Nikon 7000, all my new lenses are Nikor; I love the Nikon camera I would not go back to Canon (nothing wrong with them) it just that the Nikon cameras have not failed me at all, I very loyal to the Nikon brand, I like them, I like them, I like them. Did I forget anything?.....

  • Maureen July 8, 2011 02:13 am

    Thanks, nick p. I was going to point that out. :)

    I use Canon. Had a Rebel XT for a long time and just got a 60D this year. Love it, but as many have pointed out, it's the photographer, not the gear that makes great pictures.

  • JOTS July 8, 2011 01:51 am

    NIKON! My first camera was a Canon. Then my friends introduced me to CLS...

  • Kimberly Miller July 8, 2011 01:49 am

    I use Canon. My first SLR was a Canon EOS Rebel. Loved the brand and have continued to stay with it. Plus most of my lenses have been interchangeable with the upgrades....

  • James G July 8, 2011 01:45 am

    I was a Canon user when I used film. I've been a Nikon user since going digital some time ago.

  • Nick P July 8, 2011 01:42 am

    As an information analyst I must point out that whilst interesting, the infographic above is useless as a comparision between Canon and Nikon. Different graphs and scales are used for the same data for each of the companies so there's no way you can meaningfully compare Canon to Nikon from that!

  • Joe Urbz July 8, 2011 01:41 am

    Canon since the AE1, so my glass collection has kept me using Canon. I have used other brands. It's about the photography and other tools for me. Heck, the iPhone has worked when needed.

  • Keshav July 8, 2011 01:41 am

    I use a Nikon D90; before I purchased it, I wanted a Canon DSLR, I did not know the technicalities back then, I wanted a Canon simply because back then the Canon website was more educational than the Nikon website and I spent more time there. I ended purchasing a Nikon because my uncle, a pro had a Nikon system and urged me to buy a Nikon so that we could share lenses. Now, no looking back I love my Nikon D90 and I dont see myself switching for any reason..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/theworldformylens/

  • Laura July 8, 2011 01:27 am

    I use a Sony alpha series (a230). I was novice to the dslr world - I wasn't sure I would like it (well I thought I would ... but you never know until you own one). I'm v. casual. I was swayed by the auto eye focus that Sony had - although now that I have the camera I have that feature turned off. Honestly, it was the cheapest at the time and figured anything would be better than a P&S. I kind of wish I had a Nikon or Cannon just b/c everything is always reviewed for one of these 2 brands, and Sony gets left out. But as far as camera function goes, I'm pleased w/my purchase.

  • Christina July 8, 2011 01:15 am

    Inherited a 1977 manual Pentax SLR in 1998 and started there. In 2004, when I switched to an auto-focus SLR due to the manual's shutter malfunctioning beyond repair, I stayed with Pentax. Two years later, I finally succumbed to the lure of digital and still stayed with Pentax. I am proudly the only Pentax owner I know. I like being the only one in a crowd. :-)

  • linda July 8, 2011 01:05 am

    I love my Nikon D40, and when i upgrade it will be another Nikon i get ... i tried a canon and find them awkward to handle.. each to their own i say

  • Allie July 8, 2011 01:04 am

    Canon. It's just a thing - my parents always used Canons for candid family stuff, so when they bought me my first P&S, it was a Canon. Just rather used to the menus and all that. DSLR-wise, I'm not sure I would switch, but that's just because of my lenses. I am seriously considering purchasing the Olympus underwater camera instead of Canon's - I've just heard better things about it, but I'm holding out to see if Canon has a next generation I like.

  • Gustav July 8, 2011 01:02 am

    I don't like the infographics. Graphics should be made for fast interpretations of data, not just for the sake of graphics!

    How should one compare Canon Net Sales 2006-11 to Nikon Quarterly 10-11 ? (without a calculator)
    And how should one compare the country-graphics between Canon and Nikon?

    I personally use Nikon D90 because the Canons (with similar price) don't fit my big hands.
    Results on Nikon and Canon are identical, the only thing that matters is how good you know your camera so that you in hasty situations can tune the settings correct.

  • Michael Love July 8, 2011 01:02 am

    I use Canon myself for freelance stuff, but my work uses Nikon so I get to play with both sides, and I have yet to find any major differences, they are both fantastic brands with great kit. I think when people take the Canon/Nikon rivalry seriously its all a bit petty, though it is good for a laugh sometimes with other (likeminded!) people. But its definitely all down to how you use your kit, and what you can create!

  • bryan July 8, 2011 01:02 am

    this article should ave talked about the real differences such as lens glass, auto focus, sensor size ect...

  • Calvin July 8, 2011 01:01 am

    This holds no significance in real life. A good photographer can make wonders with even a phone camera.

  • Sharon July 8, 2011 01:00 am

    I shoot with a Sony a900. My film camera was a Minolta, so I moved to Sony when I went digital. In retrospect, that would have been the time to change brands. Now I have a mint invested in Zeiss glass for the a900, and don't have another mint to spend if I moved to Canon or Nikon!

  • Robert July 8, 2011 12:59 am

    I use a Chamonix 45-N1.

  • Heather July 8, 2011 12:56 am

    Nothing against Nikon or Canon, but I have a Sony. Life just worked out that way for me and I'm pretty happy with it.

  • Andrea July 8, 2011 12:55 am

    I'm a Nikon user, but I agree with what the guy before me said. Who cares what brand you use. Who cares about what camera you own. What's important is if you like what you shoot and how you shoot, and it's also important to better your skills, always.

    Photography has to be a passion, not a market. Go out and shoot even with a Blahblahblah camera, but make sure you shoot good pictures. One day I read this thing and I loved it "stop taking pictures and start creating images"

  • Dana Lane July 8, 2011 12:52 am

    I'm a Sony user. I was a Minolta user in the film world and when I finally decided to make the jump to digital, I chose Sony since they used the Minolta mount and it meant I didn't need new lenses. That said, I'm very happy with my choice and wouldn't change for anything.

  • Derrve July 8, 2011 12:52 am

    I use Nikon, it was a present and was advised to the buyer from friends who use Nikon. I like it and find easy to get navigate so it suits my needs. Can't say I know if its any better or worse than a canon, but know its good for what I need as an amateur. When I purchase my next camera it will probably be a nikon, as I have new lenses now and other nikon equipment.
    At the end of the day surely the equipment isn't as important as what you see and capture?!?! Thats always been my thoughts anyway.

  • Rick July 8, 2011 12:52 am

    Agree with Ruby, I started with Olympus, moved on to Canon, then graduated to Pentax...love them...most fellow shooters are Niks and Can owners, but Pentaxian here for the remainder...just my two cents!

  • Thabet-Abbas Burias July 8, 2011 12:46 am

    I'm a Canon user, but I'd just as readily use any other brand, as I find that it's secondary to the skill of the photographer.

  • Madison Raine July 8, 2011 12:44 am

    I just purchased a Nikon, I don't have it yet, I'm super excited though, can't wait for it to be delievered. It was hard deciding if I wanted a Nikon or Canon. This is a good way of showing capparision. I think Nikon's are better though.

  • Ruby July 8, 2011 12:43 am

    Pentax. Nothing against the big two, but I have tiny hands (I wear a size 4 ring), and a K5 is just right. Pair that with a Pentax Limited prime and there's nothing I can't do.

  • rachel July 8, 2011 12:43 am

    I use Nikon, simply because when I bought my first camera, that's what my friends at the time used. Now that I have "learned" on a Nikon and purchased lenses, I am loyal to Nikon. Although I have many friends who use Canon and are quite happy.

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