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Which Digital Camera Manufacturer is Best?

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Which digital camera manufacturer is best?

OK – before we start World War III with this discussion, let me set a few ground rules.

1. Be constructive - while simple responses of ‘Canon Rules’ or ‘I love Nikon’ might be easy – tell us WHY you like a particular manufacturer.

2. Respect each other’s opinions - ultimately there’s no right or wrong answer here – different aspects of the different manufacturers will appeal to different people. Argue your case strongly if you like – but let others hold their own opinions also

3. Give examples - tell us about the digital cameras that you’re talking about if you’d like. The more information and the more specific it is – the more we’ll all learn.

Feel free to have fun with this discussion – I’m sure it’ll cause some lively debate. My hope is that through it that those on hunt for a new camera might learn a thing or two (as might the rest of us) and go into their purchase more informed.

So which digital camera manufacturer do you like best?

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  • Graham

    Nikon.

    I prefer Nikon because they seem to put the traditional(and more important) aspects of photography first although from what I’ve seen, Canon does this as well. I would pick Nikon over Canon because their ergonomics are just better to me.

  • http://google sandra

    Being a beginner with the Nikon coolpix 4800 I can say that picking up the camera and holding it for sometime before actually purchasing it made a difference for me. The camera felt good and not awkward in my hand. Then when it came time to move up to a DLSR I moved into Nikon D40. Again because it felt good in my hand but also because I knew the buttons from my first camera and didn’t have to learn where the buttons were all over again.

  • Freddy

    Okay, it’s time for you pros out there to chuckle…

    Sony H2.

    6mp.

    Did research on the internet. Never held one until it arrived by parcel post. Risky? Perhaps. I’ve owned many Sony gadgets – Vaios, Trinitrons, etc. – and my logic is:

    1) I don’t know how good Sony service centers are because I’ve never had to exercise a warranty. Never. Ever. I’m talking probably 100 devices over thirty years. I gave the old stuff I didn’t want anymore away. It still worked. None of it went into the trash.

    2) The place I got it from gave me thirty days to dink with the H2.

    3) The price was irresistible compared to how much Sony wanted for it when it first came out. That’s another one of the good things about Sony: If you don’t like the price, wait a couple months. When they replace the model you’re looking at, you can pick it up, as in this case, for a third of the cost.

    Okay…

    Yes, the flash is terrible. There’s a nasty shadow from the lens hood. I think I’ve use it twice and I’ve never had to use it again. I’m the technical manager at the local community theater and I can make my stage very dark. So, I crank up the ISO, set EV Bright, play with the digi filters, enable Super Steady Shot… I don’t need no stinking flash.

    I got two gimmicky lenses in the *kit* that came with. Oh yeah, and some filters. I don’t use any of them. I’ve got native 12x zoom with a Digi Doubler to 24. I’ve shot the ferry that gets us to our island from a mile away, enlarged it with Irfanview, and I’m (almost) counting rivets.

    Macro. It’s a setting. I love it. I can crawl into a rose bloom from three or so inches and count the hairs on a bumble bee having lunch.

    No, it’s not fast. I had to learn to lead certain moving objects. Kind of like trap shooting. Hummingbirds can be quite challenging.

    No, there are no lenses I can realistically swap around that are useful.

    Yes, the memory stick is goofy, so I use the USB patch cord and, oh my! the laptop has another hard drive. Select, move, the camera’s clear, and I’m shooting again. About that fast.

    I came from the 35mm world and, at first, I was bummed over the lack of toys (read *lenses*) for the H2. Then I got over myself, RTFM, and found I have an incredibly versatile all purpose shoot around that didn’t require a ten pound bag of different attachments to get excellent pictures under any conditions.

    I rarely use the camera bag they gave me. I’ve got a portable development studio that doubles as a laptop in my little backpack I carry everywhere, anyway. I shove the H2 in there and I’m off.

    Life is good.

  • Bob

    I like Canon simply because there stuff is generally cheaper then other brands. Also Canon has very good lens.

  • krish

    I am using SONY CYBERSHOT DSC H50,new one frm sony family..i purchased it seein its model only..its light weight n easy to use..gives 9.1 megapixel pic. clarity n 15x zoom.its really handy n i am much satisfied with the pics given by the camera.

  • AK47

    nikon rocks. the D3—best camera on the planet. blows canon out of the water. i love it.

  • Tapas Das

    Undoubtedly Nikon… it has got the finest lense, resolution, color prominence and I dont think it lags behind Canon in terms of photography in low light

  • Wiry

    I know this isn’t for you camera jumkies, but I just got a Casio ex FH20 and I have been having SO MUCH FUN!!!! Slow motion movies, amazing 40 shots per second speed mode, and hd movies. I had a casio point and shoot in Africa and it was amazingly good, but couldn’t get the speed or clarity. Now I love this new casio. We’re talking about digital cameras here, not just dslrs, right? I’ve never had such fun. Just thought I’d pass it around. 20x Optical zoom.
    That’s all I ever really need.

  • http://none Jim Auckland

    i have had several compact digital camera throughout the years.
    i have used the canon powershot s70 and s80,fuji finepix f31 and s810,Sony cybershot dcs-p200,pentax optio 750z and the best i have ever used is the Olympus Camedia C-70 Zoom known as the Olympus Camedia C-7000 Zoom in North America.
    it fits easily into my Jacket Pocket and it has Raw,Tiff and JPEG and immage Qaulity is simply Breathtaken.
    i would never touch Fuji again as photo’s are not sharp enough.
    when i took photo’s with a fuji,the blades of Grass is more like a pastel wash … fuji lasks sharpness.
    the olympus Camedia C-70 zoom / C-7000 Zoom give a better Qaulity Photograph than my fathers Canon powershot G9.
    with 7.1 Million Pixels at iso 80 images are stunning.
    yep i would choose the Olympus C-70 Zoom.
    Jim Auckland,Edinburgh – Scotland.

  • Mike

    I haven’t seen many Sony cameras on here but it’s the one I chose as my first DSLR because it was inexpensive but didn’t compromise features like the D60 and XSi did. It has in-camera image stabilization, sensor cleaning, 9-point AF, and compatibility with all Minolta alpha lenses, among other things. Also, since Sony makes sensors for Nikon I knew that they would be at least as good as Nikon cameras which so many people love and use (my dad included, he has a D90). If I were going to do professional photography I might have considered Nikon instead because they have a wider range of camera bodies, including professional bodies, but now that Sony has the A900 with its 24-megapixel sensor I can still go upward and use all the lenses I will eventually own.

  • http://rainstpormz.blogspot.com Javine

    Is very subjective when choosing between Nikon & Canon. In my humble opinion, Nikon seems to have better lenses. And it feels great when i hold it in my hand, the buttons are nicely placed. Before buyingany DSLR, one just have to try out both (with similar capabilities & price range) & then decide. In my case, i used to Nikon FE 2 therefore when changed to DSLR, of course Nikon would be my choice !

  • JC Jones

    I recently bought an Olympus E-3 and it’s hard to beat. It is quite substantial, is waterproof, has dust reduction, an articulated screen with live view and coupled with the SWD lenses it is a joy to use and takes photos with excellent color and detail. Olympus, seems to me, to be one of the most under rated camera companies. All we ever hear about is Canon and Nikon (my husband has a D300)…if you take the E-3 for a spin you won’t be disappointed…I am amazed at the results!

  • http://photography-now.net/julian_hebbrecht/ Julian Hebbrecht

    I use and prefer Canon cameras first of all because of the great lenses, the superb image quality and very low noise and last but not least because of the ergonomics, that is how the camera lies in the hand, the balance, the placement of the release button and other function buttons. Nikon undoubtedly produces also fine images but I find Nikon cameras troublesome to use. The release button is in an awkward position, for one thing.

  • Meyatoo

    No mention here of Samsung. I realise that they don’t have a history as camera producers. I have just been given the Samsung GX10 and am as happy as an ignoramus can be…still learning but it seems to be a fairly straight forward if complex camera to get to know. I like it’s feel and so far have been impressed with the quality of pictures I have been getting even at low light.

  • Grace

    Well… I’m not really too much of a camera person but currently I won a Sony Cyber-shot, model DSC-H3. It’s been working extremely well for me since I’ve gotten it. All the pictures I’ve taken have been clear, focused and clean. It has several settings and is easy to connect through to my computer with the cable that came along with it. I’m more than satisfied with it.

  • Grace

    Oh, I just realized I wrote ‘won’. That’s supposed to say ‘own’.

  • Grace

    Whoops, that’s supposed to say ‘own’ not ‘won’, sorry.

  • http://www.winkimkennels.com Keoni

    Aloha,

    I’ve had an Olympus which I really liked, however, when I decided to go to a DSLR type of camera, I asked for a lot of opinions from my photo class instructors, pro, as well as hobby photographers and the consensus was Canon.

    The main reason being Canon’s technological advancements and the availability of peripheral equipment, especially lenses. I was told Canon took the initiative and gained a huge head start in the digital field.

    I started with the Canon D60, progressed to the 10D, 40D, 1D Mark II, 50D,1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark II, SD900, G9, and the G10. In the lens department I purchased or was given as gifts by my wife a 16-35mm L, 50mm 1.4,18-200mm IS, 24-105mm IS L, 24-70mm L, 28-135 IS, 28-300mm IS L, 70-200mm IS L, 75-300mm IS,100-400mm IS L, and an 800mm IS L. I have not been disappointed in any of my Canon products and use them regularly.

    I also have Canon 420 EX, 550 EX, and 580 EX II flash units, wired and wireless remote control flash devices, as well as remote shutter release controls.Non of these items has ever given me any problems or failed to perform as expected.

    I’m fortunate to have, who I consider, the best Canon dealer, Kaimuki Camera, in Hawaii to service my photo needs. They’ve always provided me with, much in demand, the first new cameras as soon as they arrived. Their service and knowledge of Canon products is impeccable. I’ve received most of my Canon products weeks before a lot of my friends on the mainland and Asia.

    I’m in two local photography clubs who’s members have Nikons, Olys and point & shoots. When I look at their photos they’re all excellent, no better or no less than mine. I’d say the bottom line is it’s not the gear, but rather the person using it. I think the individual’s preference of camera only inspires confidence in one’s abilities.

  • Jim Ryan

    I was bitten by the Nikon bug last year and am still recovering. Canon was my second choice but with Nikon on my mind I really didn’t have an opportunity to look further. Anyone thinking of a DSL needs to look at both Nikon and Canon very closely. I would seriously consider a camer with Live View as an option in my next camera.

  • fangio

    I have used Canon for 30 years starting with a number of film versions and have now progressed to Canon Digital SLR’s. That is for my SLR needs. As I had so many FD mounts lens I chose to stick with Canon and purchased an adaptor for FD to Digital. I still have 2 Canon SLR film a T90 and A1. Stil great cameras.

  • awa agwu

    good day i am ceo of cosmac digital cameras i will like to do business with. 164 hospital road aba abia state of nigeria is our office

  • http://internetcashsolutions.blogspot.com miguel

    Can any one tell me an off brand camera? they are really cheap anyone.

  • Carol Hansen-Dix

    I can give you many reasons why I think Nikon is the best selection for a DSLR and I also respect the fact that others might give me the very same reasons for different cameras and the fact is we both would be right. Many of the top manufacturers produce fine cameras. The bottom line is which one owns you. When I first picked up a Nikon I knew it was right for me. It just fit me the best. It felt right and the others did not. It was the right shape, the right weight and the right balance for me. That is why I own a Nikon today because somehow it owned me from the very start.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansendix/ Carol Hansen-Dix

    I can give you many reasons why I think Nikon is the very best selection for a DSLR camera and, at the very same time, I can tell you why I think Canon, Olympus, Pentax or many of the other top brands make the very best DSLR camera as well. They all have fine features, are very innovative and easily compete for the number one spot. If only it were about those mundane things. It is not about the evaluation of the details nor is it about the camera with the best specifications.The bottom line is which camera bought you not which one you bought. When I first saw the Nikon, picked it up and held it in my hands I had a feeling that I was being posessed and after a moment I knew it was unmistakenly mine. It just fit me better than any of the others. We joined like two pieces of a dovetail. We were a match and the others cameras paled at comparison. The Nikon was the right shape, the right weight and the right balance for me. That is why I purchased a Nikon because somehow it had already purchased me from the first fleeting glance my way.

  • Pio danilo P. Cuadra

    When I bought my first SLR in 1987, while working in Malaysia, it was a Minolta X700. My dealer recommended that when buying a DSLR look only for ” The Big Three”, ie Canon, Nikon and Minolta. Minolta has long gone and replaced by Sony. I am using Canon DSLRs now but I still have my Minolta film SLR which my youngest daughter is using in her photography class. My brother-in-law has a Nikon F5 and has recently acquired a D300. We share experiences and ideas on reach other’s cameras. In my opinion, my dealer’s remarks in 1987 still holds true. The best manufacturers are the “The Big Three”; Canon, Nikon, Sony(Now LOL).)

  • Mike

    In broad broad terms or any style or format: Sony. They repair any (rare) defects fast. Innovate. Make the sensor they sell. Well made.
    APC DSLR: All of them are very good now (but Sony makes the sensors for Nikon)
    Full frame DSLR: Factoring in cost, mega pixels, and low light, Sony (with Zeiss glass) again. If money is no matter: Nikon.
    Trendy classic and money is no matter: Leica
    Best if you like to follow the crowd: Canon

  • Bram

    well, this is just my opinion about 2 big manufacturer the Nikon and the Canon

    i’d say Canon products gives less price (but its still expensive) for a reason (same goes for nikon give more price for a reason)

    the bright side of canon is that one can quickly get their hands on a (lets say) DSLR and start learning photography faster than those who wait a bit more to buy nikon. their lenses is cheaper so like the camera, people could quickly feel how the lenses differ one to another.

    But then again, in the country where i live ( Indonesia ) MOST people only care about feature (guess who’s the winner… lol ) while looking at the price tag… so it’s like “if i can get 1 with so many feature with less money, why not?” kind of thinking thats been going on a lot here… personally, i hate that kind of thinking… because, like i said, everything is priced for a reason. Thats why i go with Nikon, not just because of build quality or anything, but a lot of my Canon comrade confess that Nikon lenses are very good. The only reason (again in here where i live) people buy Canon is because of price.

    please dont get me wrong, Canon is very good, but i just favor Nikon more.

    conclusion (IMHO) :

    if you want to learn photography with tight budget, go buy Canon.
    if you want to learn photography with quality in mind look for Nikon.
    they dont differ the price that much anyway…

    biased? well once again… its my opinion… pardon me

  • Anonymous chicken

    You’re asking the wrong question. You should NOT buy on brand; but on individual model and it’s pros and cons.

    Also, spending more, is just given away large amounts of cash. It’s all about the brain of the user.

    Think. Look for fast aperture (lower F stop number) quality lenses.

    Consider portability and (total please) costs.

    Consider the feel you prefer.

    Get a “fun” camera that encourages usage.

    You’re looking for total combined benefits (that matter), not just one. you want to be able to do as many types of situations of styles of photography that you can. Do not fall for the idea, of one expensive piece of gear, per scene type.

    If you can’t find a camera that’s complete (for you), then use an old one; until the manufacturers fill the need. Else they never will. Piece-meal, simply makes manufacturers more money and disadvantages your combined abilities (like too much carry size, and weight(s); for a camera that’s summarily rejected at events).

  • McFoxxy

    it all depending on what range and type you are going for.

    As I’m working in this imaging field, there are many things to consider depending on what is your requirement. (Anything, don’t get Sony unless you want the best design and thinness)

    if its DSLR, currently i would recommend Pentax as it has the most natural colour result compare to nikon, canon and sony. fuji SPro is good too. unless you don have a budget limit, then Leica is the BEST.

    for point and shoot, i rather go for Fujifilm F series with the Super CCD and the latest EXR. its produces awesome quality results with minimum noise. with the EXR, even high ISO, it is not noisy at all. Pentax is good for this range but i highly don’t recommend Sony, Nikon (their DSLRs are acceptable though), Samsung and casio as their quality is horrific, noisy and especially sony, its yellowish.

    Ricoh is best at micro-shoot. clear and nice. so if you’re more into mirco, i would recommend Ricoh. if you want a good quality, especially during low light exposure, got for Fujifilm SuperCCD EXR. or just a simple camera with good quality, Pentax, Kodak and Fujiflim J series. their prices is good too.

    if quality isn’t so important as you are an adventure, then Olympus tough series. the quality and battery life is not good but the shock-proof has its result.

  • siim

    canon is the best because it makes pictures in dark without problems and has great picture quality. is sensor is in the lens so that the pictures come out better even when shaking the camera.
    Build quality is good. tried nikon and samsung, both were rubbish: couldn´t make pics in the dark and samsung drained batteries mega-fast.

  • trol lord

    but ur death will be quick if you have a cannon coz they are not that bad but all the other bullshit cameras will be slowly burned to death

  • varma

    I live in India, Hyderabad. i want to buy a digital camera. my budget is Rs.8,000 to 12,000/-
    can anyone guide me which camera i should buy and the features which it contains.
    presently i want to buy Nikon or Canon. are they OK.

  • sujith

    i love nikon …….

  • DJHighlights

    I am a Kodak user i think Kodak is great better than Fuji that for sure they have been around for a long time i love there easy share button there cameras take really good photos and there not to pricey. i am not looking for the best camera in the world as long as it get’s the job done and it does it well and Kodak does i talked to allot of people at best buy and they told me to stay away from Fuji and Vivitar. I love Kodak i think is is the best that is just me. If Kodak ever went out of business I would never buy another camera again.

  • Jaison Varghese John

    Nikon is the best brand. The build quality of nikon is the better than Canon. After using both canon and nikon, i decided to go for nikon DSLRs, because, build quality, Nikkor lenses, Lens build quality, image quality etc.
    I feel nikon more comfortable in my hand. Nikon gives a great feel, when we are using it.

  • Pushpa

    My choice is Pentax. My first camera was a K1000, and I still love it (even though I don’t use it any more). Now my favourite is Pentax k30, very versatile camera but met my budget. I am impressed with the handle of the camera and photo quality. And a big plus is that it is weather proof.

  • ayush

    sony technology is way beyond canon and nikon sony is the largest and one of the greatest electronics manufacturer in the world they make great camera sensors

  • SteveA

    Back in my film days I used a Canon AE-1 which I came to love so when digital came about I stuck with Canon. When I switched to digital I took a digital camera class. The first assignment content is what I want to pass on.

    1) What type of photography do you want to do? Sports, racing, crime scene, landscapes, portrature, weddings?

    2) What do you need the camera to do?
    3) Will a point and shoot work or do you need to select settings?
    4) Where will you be shooting?

    5) What type of lenses do you need? Will you need low light capabilities?
    6) Establish the criteria we needed in a camera.

    7) Research all of the cameras we might be interested in and see which ones would most meet our needs.

    Since I was interested in photojournalism I checked to see what other cameras and lenses photojournalists used as well. Nikon and Canon seemed to be the clear winners. Of the ones who used Canon they generally used magnesium bodied cameras like the 10d or 20d. They held up well to the conditions photojournalists worked under, inside under ideal conditions and outside under some very harsh conditions. Mine would be transported mostly on my motorcycle as well. Another photographer also told me that decent lenses would cost as much or more than the camera so switching brands down the road would be pricey. I have been happy with the Canons and they have performed extremely well under very adverse conditions. Nikon and others might be just as good but my experience with Canons leads me to say that I can’t recommend a better camera than Canon. They have always worked perfectly and do everything I ask of them.

  • #Yo

    Hey everybody, I’m new to photography.. I’ve recently used 2 different sony cybershot models & also a panasonic lumix & found them quite good.. I’m looking to get into HD video with a film-like look, so manual focus & shutter speed is a must. Would anybody have any ideas as to what camera i could use to acheive that (especially in low light).. my budget is US$600

  • kriti

    i think sony is beeter becoz they have different technologies ….talking about lens of camera cybershot has exmor….which is their own lens….

Some older comments

  • Jaison Varghese John

    August 10, 2013 04:09 pm

    Nikon is the best brand. The build quality of nikon is the better than Canon. After using both canon and nikon, i decided to go for nikon DSLRs, because, build quality, Nikkor lenses, Lens build quality, image quality etc.
    I feel nikon more comfortable in my hand. Nikon gives a great feel, when we are using it.

  • DJHighlights

    November 9, 2012 02:05 am

    I am a Kodak user i think Kodak is great better than Fuji that for sure they have been around for a long time i love there easy share button there cameras take really good photos and there not to pricey. i am not looking for the best camera in the world as long as it get's the job done and it does it well and Kodak does i talked to allot of people at best buy and they told me to stay away from Fuji and Vivitar. I love Kodak i think is is the best that is just me. If Kodak ever went out of business I would never buy another camera again.

  • sujith

    December 10, 2011 03:46 am

    i love nikon .......

  • varma

    June 28, 2011 04:40 pm

    I live in India, Hyderabad. i want to buy a digital camera. my budget is Rs.8,000 to 12,000/-
    can anyone guide me which camera i should buy and the features which it contains.
    presently i want to buy Nikon or Canon. are they OK.

  • trol lord

    April 8, 2011 08:16 pm

    but ur death will be quick if you have a cannon coz they are not that bad but all the other bullshit cameras will be slowly burned to death

  • siim

    February 10, 2011 09:23 am

    canon is the best because it makes pictures in dark without problems and has great picture quality. is sensor is in the lens so that the pictures come out better even when shaking the camera.
    Build quality is good. tried nikon and samsung, both were rubbish: couldn´t make pics in the dark and samsung drained batteries mega-fast.

  • McFoxxy

    January 28, 2010 08:30 am

    it all depending on what range and type you are going for.

    As I'm working in this imaging field, there are many things to consider depending on what is your requirement. (Anything, don't get Sony unless you want the best design and thinness)

    if its DSLR, currently i would recommend Pentax as it has the most natural colour result compare to nikon, canon and sony. fuji SPro is good too. unless you don have a budget limit, then Leica is the BEST.

    for point and shoot, i rather go for Fujifilm F series with the Super CCD and the latest EXR. its produces awesome quality results with minimum noise. with the EXR, even high ISO, it is not noisy at all. Pentax is good for this range but i highly don't recommend Sony, Nikon (their DSLRs are acceptable though), Samsung and casio as their quality is horrific, noisy and especially sony, its yellowish.

    Ricoh is best at micro-shoot. clear and nice. so if you're more into mirco, i would recommend Ricoh. if you want a good quality, especially during low light exposure, got for Fujifilm SuperCCD EXR. or just a simple camera with good quality, Pentax, Kodak and Fujiflim J series. their prices is good too.

    if quality isn't so important as you are an adventure, then Olympus tough series. the quality and battery life is not good but the shock-proof has its result.

  • Anonymous chicken

    January 8, 2010 12:08 am

    You're asking the wrong question. You should NOT buy on brand; but on individual model and it's pros and cons.

    Also, spending more, is just given away large amounts of cash. It's all about the brain of the user.

    Think. Look for fast aperture (lower F stop number) quality lenses.

    Consider portability and (total please) costs.

    Consider the feel you prefer.

    Get a "fun" camera that encourages usage.

    You're looking for total combined benefits (that matter), not just one. you want to be able to do as many types of situations of styles of photography that you can. Do not fall for the idea, of one expensive piece of gear, per scene type.

    If you can't find a camera that's complete (for you), then use an old one; until the manufacturers fill the need. Else they never will. Piece-meal, simply makes manufacturers more money and disadvantages your combined abilities (like too much carry size, and weight(s); for a camera that's summarily rejected at events).

  • Bram

    December 30, 2009 07:19 pm

    well, this is just my opinion about 2 big manufacturer the Nikon and the Canon

    i'd say Canon products gives less price (but its still expensive) for a reason (same goes for nikon give more price for a reason)

    the bright side of canon is that one can quickly get their hands on a (lets say) DSLR and start learning photography faster than those who wait a bit more to buy nikon. their lenses is cheaper so like the camera, people could quickly feel how the lenses differ one to another.

    But then again, in the country where i live ( Indonesia ) MOST people only care about feature (guess who's the winner... lol ) while looking at the price tag... so it's like "if i can get 1 with so many feature with less money, why not?" kind of thinking thats been going on a lot here... personally, i hate that kind of thinking... because, like i said, everything is priced for a reason. Thats why i go with Nikon, not just because of build quality or anything, but a lot of my Canon comrade confess that Nikon lenses are very good. The only reason (again in here where i live) people buy Canon is because of price.

    please dont get me wrong, Canon is very good, but i just favor Nikon more.

    conclusion (IMHO) :

    if you want to learn photography with tight budget, go buy Canon.
    if you want to learn photography with quality in mind look for Nikon.
    they dont differ the price that much anyway...

    biased? well once again... its my opinion... pardon me

  • Mike

    December 18, 2009 02:53 pm

    In broad broad terms or any style or format: Sony. They repair any (rare) defects fast. Innovate. Make the sensor they sell. Well made.
    APC DSLR: All of them are very good now (but Sony makes the sensors for Nikon)
    Full frame DSLR: Factoring in cost, mega pixels, and low light, Sony (with Zeiss glass) again. If money is no matter: Nikon.
    Trendy classic and money is no matter: Leica
    Best if you like to follow the crowd: Canon

  • Pio danilo P. Cuadra

    August 14, 2009 10:55 am

    When I bought my first SLR in 1987, while working in Malaysia, it was a Minolta X700. My dealer recommended that when buying a DSLR look only for " The Big Three", ie Canon, Nikon and Minolta. Minolta has long gone and replaced by Sony. I am using Canon DSLRs now but I still have my Minolta film SLR which my youngest daughter is using in her photography class. My brother-in-law has a Nikon F5 and has recently acquired a D300. We share experiences and ideas on reach other's cameras. In my opinion, my dealer's remarks in 1987 still holds true. The best manufacturers are the "The Big Three"; Canon, Nikon, Sony(Now LOL).)

  • Carol Hansen-Dix

    August 10, 2009 05:01 am

    I can give you many reasons why I think Nikon is the very best selection for a DSLR camera and, at the very same time, I can tell you why I think Canon, Olympus, Pentax or many of the other top brands make the very best DSLR camera as well. They all have fine features, are very innovative and easily compete for the number one spot. If only it were about those mundane things. It is not about the evaluation of the details nor is it about the camera with the best specifications.The bottom line is which camera bought you not which one you bought. When I first saw the Nikon, picked it up and held it in my hands I had a feeling that I was being posessed and after a moment I knew it was unmistakenly mine. It just fit me better than any of the others. We joined like two pieces of a dovetail. We were a match and the others cameras paled at comparison. The Nikon was the right shape, the right weight and the right balance for me. That is why I purchased a Nikon because somehow it had already purchased me from the first fleeting glance my way.

  • Carol Hansen-Dix

    August 9, 2009 03:07 pm

    I can give you many reasons why I think Nikon is the best selection for a DSLR and I also respect the fact that others might give me the very same reasons for different cameras and the fact is we both would be right. Many of the top manufacturers produce fine cameras. The bottom line is which one owns you. When I first picked up a Nikon I knew it was right for me. It just fit me the best. It felt right and the others did not. It was the right shape, the right weight and the right balance for me. That is why I own a Nikon today because somehow it owned me from the very start.

  • miguel

    July 23, 2009 12:48 am

    Can any one tell me an off brand camera? they are really cheap anyone.

  • awa agwu

    May 3, 2009 02:50 am

    good day i am ceo of cosmac digital cameras i will like to do business with. 164 hospital road aba abia state of nigeria is our office

  • fangio

    April 22, 2009 10:18 am

    I have used Canon for 30 years starting with a number of film versions and have now progressed to Canon Digital SLR's. That is for my SLR needs. As I had so many FD mounts lens I chose to stick with Canon and purchased an adaptor for FD to Digital. I still have 2 Canon SLR film a T90 and A1. Stil great cameras.

  • Jim Ryan

    February 5, 2009 10:06 am

    I was bitten by the Nikon bug last year and am still recovering. Canon was my second choice but with Nikon on my mind I really didn't have an opportunity to look further. Anyone thinking of a DSL needs to look at both Nikon and Canon very closely. I would seriously consider a camer with Live View as an option in my next camera.

  • Keoni

    January 31, 2009 08:29 pm

    Aloha,

    I've had an Olympus which I really liked, however, when I decided to go to a DSLR type of camera, I asked for a lot of opinions from my photo class instructors, pro, as well as hobby photographers and the consensus was Canon.

    The main reason being Canon's technological advancements and the availability of peripheral equipment, especially lenses. I was told Canon took the initiative and gained a huge head start in the digital field.

    I started with the Canon D60, progressed to the 10D, 40D, 1D Mark II, 50D,1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark II, SD900, G9, and the G10. In the lens department I purchased or was given as gifts by my wife a 16-35mm L, 50mm 1.4,18-200mm IS, 24-105mm IS L, 24-70mm L, 28-135 IS, 28-300mm IS L, 70-200mm IS L, 75-300mm IS,100-400mm IS L, and an 800mm IS L. I have not been disappointed in any of my Canon products and use them regularly.

    I also have Canon 420 EX, 550 EX, and 580 EX II flash units, wired and wireless remote control flash devices, as well as remote shutter release controls.Non of these items has ever given me any problems or failed to perform as expected.

    I'm fortunate to have, who I consider, the best Canon dealer, Kaimuki Camera, in Hawaii to service my photo needs. They've always provided me with, much in demand, the first new cameras as soon as they arrived. Their service and knowledge of Canon products is impeccable. I've received most of my Canon products weeks before a lot of my friends on the mainland and Asia.

    I'm in two local photography clubs who's members have Nikons, Olys and point & shoots. When I look at their photos they're all excellent, no better or no less than mine. I'd say the bottom line is it's not the gear, but rather the person using it. I think the individual's preference of camera only inspires confidence in one's abilities.

  • Grace

    January 11, 2009 04:12 am

    Whoops, that's supposed to say 'own' not 'won', sorry.

  • Grace

    January 11, 2009 04:11 am

    Oh, I just realized I wrote 'won'. That's supposed to say 'own'.

  • Grace

    January 11, 2009 04:10 am

    Well... I'm not really too much of a camera person but currently I won a Sony Cyber-shot, model DSC-H3. It's been working extremely well for me since I've gotten it. All the pictures I've taken have been clear, focused and clean. It has several settings and is easy to connect through to my computer with the cable that came along with it. I'm more than satisfied with it.

  • Meyatoo

    January 8, 2009 02:43 am

    No mention here of Samsung. I realise that they don't have a history as camera producers. I have just been given the Samsung GX10 and am as happy as an ignoramus can be...still learning but it seems to be a fairly straight forward if complex camera to get to know. I like it's feel and so far have been impressed with the quality of pictures I have been getting even at low light.

  • Julian Hebbrecht

    January 3, 2009 12:30 am

    I use and prefer Canon cameras first of all because of the great lenses, the superb image quality and very low noise and last but not least because of the ergonomics, that is how the camera lies in the hand, the balance, the placement of the release button and other function buttons. Nikon undoubtedly produces also fine images but I find Nikon cameras troublesome to use. The release button is in an awkward position, for one thing.

  • JC Jones

    January 1, 2009 12:08 am

    I recently bought an Olympus E-3 and it's hard to beat. It is quite substantial, is waterproof, has dust reduction, an articulated screen with live view and coupled with the SWD lenses it is a joy to use and takes photos with excellent color and detail. Olympus, seems to me, to be one of the most under rated camera companies. All we ever hear about is Canon and Nikon (my husband has a D300)...if you take the E-3 for a spin you won't be disappointed...I am amazed at the results!

  • Javine

    December 31, 2008 10:37 am

    Is very subjective when choosing between Nikon & Canon. In my humble opinion, Nikon seems to have better lenses. And it feels great when i hold it in my hand, the buttons are nicely placed. Before buyingany DSLR, one just have to try out both (with similar capabilities & price range) & then decide. In my case, i used to Nikon FE 2 therefore when changed to DSLR, of course Nikon would be my choice !

  • Mike

    December 31, 2008 03:34 am

    I haven't seen many Sony cameras on here but it's the one I chose as my first DSLR because it was inexpensive but didn't compromise features like the D60 and XSi did. It has in-camera image stabilization, sensor cleaning, 9-point AF, and compatibility with all Minolta alpha lenses, among other things. Also, since Sony makes sensors for Nikon I knew that they would be at least as good as Nikon cameras which so many people love and use (my dad included, he has a D90). If I were going to do professional photography I might have considered Nikon instead because they have a wider range of camera bodies, including professional bodies, but now that Sony has the A900 with its 24-megapixel sensor I can still go upward and use all the lenses I will eventually own.

  • Jim Auckland

    December 19, 2008 09:00 am

    i have had several compact digital camera throughout the years.
    i have used the canon powershot s70 and s80,fuji finepix f31 and s810,Sony cybershot dcs-p200,pentax optio 750z and the best i have ever used is the Olympus Camedia C-70 Zoom known as the Olympus Camedia C-7000 Zoom in North America.
    it fits easily into my Jacket Pocket and it has Raw,Tiff and JPEG and immage Qaulity is simply Breathtaken.
    i would never touch Fuji again as photo's are not sharp enough.
    when i took photo's with a fuji,the blades of Grass is more like a pastel wash ... fuji lasks sharpness.
    the olympus Camedia C-70 zoom / C-7000 Zoom give a better Qaulity Photograph than my fathers Canon powershot G9.
    with 7.1 Million Pixels at iso 80 images are stunning.
    yep i would choose the Olympus C-70 Zoom.
    Jim Auckland,Edinburgh - Scotland.

  • Wiry

    November 30, 2008 12:49 pm

    I know this isn't for you camera jumkies, but I just got a Casio ex FH20 and I have been having SO MUCH FUN!!!! Slow motion movies, amazing 40 shots per second speed mode, and hd movies. I had a casio point and shoot in Africa and it was amazingly good, but couldn't get the speed or clarity. Now I love this new casio. We're talking about digital cameras here, not just dslrs, right? I've never had such fun. Just thought I'd pass it around. 20x Optical zoom.
    That's all I ever really need.

  • Tapas Das

    November 20, 2008 09:43 pm

    Undoubtedly Nikon... it has got the finest lense, resolution, color prominence and I dont think it lags behind Canon in terms of photography in low light

  • AK47

    August 27, 2008 10:02 pm

    nikon rocks. the D3---best camera on the planet. blows canon out of the water. i love it.

  • krish

    August 27, 2008 06:07 pm

    I am using SONY CYBERSHOT DSC H50,new one frm sony family..i purchased it seein its model only..its light weight n easy to use..gives 9.1 megapixel pic. clarity n 15x zoom.its really handy n i am much satisfied with the pics given by the camera.

  • Bob

    July 20, 2008 11:13 am

    I like Canon simply because there stuff is generally cheaper then other brands. Also Canon has very good lens.

  • Freddy

    June 30, 2008 12:10 am

    Okay, it's time for you pros out there to chuckle...

    Sony H2.

    6mp.

    Did research on the internet. Never held one until it arrived by parcel post. Risky? Perhaps. I've owned many Sony gadgets - Vaios, Trinitrons, etc. - and my logic is:

    1) I don't know how good Sony service centers are because I've never had to exercise a warranty. Never. Ever. I'm talking probably 100 devices over thirty years. I gave the old stuff I didn't want anymore away. It still worked. None of it went into the trash.

    2) The place I got it from gave me thirty days to dink with the H2.

    3) The price was irresistible compared to how much Sony wanted for it when it first came out. That's another one of the good things about Sony: If you don't like the price, wait a couple months. When they replace the model you're looking at, you can pick it up, as in this case, for a third of the cost.

    Okay...

    Yes, the flash is terrible. There's a nasty shadow from the lens hood. I think I've use it twice and I've never had to use it again. I'm the technical manager at the local community theater and I can make my stage very dark. So, I crank up the ISO, set EV Bright, play with the digi filters, enable Super Steady Shot... I don't need no stinking flash.

    I got two gimmicky lenses in the *kit* that came with. Oh yeah, and some filters. I don't use any of them. I've got native 12x zoom with a Digi Doubler to 24. I've shot the ferry that gets us to our island from a mile away, enlarged it with Irfanview, and I'm (almost) counting rivets.

    Macro. It's a setting. I love it. I can crawl into a rose bloom from three or so inches and count the hairs on a bumble bee having lunch.

    No, it's not fast. I had to learn to lead certain moving objects. Kind of like trap shooting. Hummingbirds can be quite challenging.

    No, there are no lenses I can realistically swap around that are useful.

    Yes, the memory stick is goofy, so I use the USB patch cord and, oh my! the laptop has another hard drive. Select, move, the camera's clear, and I'm shooting again. About that fast.

    I came from the 35mm world and, at first, I was bummed over the lack of toys (read *lenses*) for the H2. Then I got over myself, RTFM, and found I have an incredibly versatile all purpose shoot around that didn't require a ten pound bag of different attachments to get excellent pictures under any conditions.

    I rarely use the camera bag they gave me. I've got a portable development studio that doubles as a laptop in my little backpack I carry everywhere, anyway. I shove the H2 in there and I'm off.

    Life is good.

  • sandra

    March 8, 2008 01:21 pm

    Being a beginner with the Nikon coolpix 4800 I can say that picking up the camera and holding it for sometime before actually purchasing it made a difference for me. The camera felt good and not awkward in my hand. Then when it came time to move up to a DLSR I moved into Nikon D40. Again because it felt good in my hand but also because I knew the buttons from my first camera and didn't have to learn where the buttons were all over again.

  • Graham

    March 3, 2008 10:05 pm

    Nikon.

    I prefer Nikon because they seem to put the traditional(and more important) aspects of photography first although from what I've seen, Canon does this as well. I would pick Nikon over Canon because their ergonomics are just better to me.

  • aLiTa

    December 6, 2007 04:51 am

    for me, the feel of my dslr is much more important than anything else. I like nikon: they are big enough to be stable, yet light enough to be able to shoot without a support for longer times. I have found that Canon either makes their bodies too big (like the D1 used to be) or recently: too small. Especially their EOS type camera's are too small for me to hold (and I have VERY small hands): the body is smaller than the lenses are and that just doesn't feel right in my hand.

    As far as endresult, I did not see much difference between any of the camra's I've worked with so far (mostly canon & nikon), altough I must admit I seldomly work in extreme conditions.

    I'm pretty much a nikon fan, I like the handling of their bodies and I like where all the buttons are :)

  • daniel

    December 5, 2007 04:32 pm

    Take the same photo with half a dozen different camera brands and print it out useing the same printer and placing the photos side by side there would only be very minor differences when the photo is enlarged. Put the photos in different rooms and you'd be hard pressed to point out any difference.

    Find the camera that feels best and suits the type of photography you want to do (features, accessories etc).

  • Zé Maria

    November 23, 2007 01:23 am

    I choose Nikon for some reasons:
    1 - The lens compatibility. On my actual body (D80) you can put almost every lens Nikon has made for the last 30 years. You still find them on the market with acceptable prices and good shape.
    2 - Nikon considers important features I also consider important (like DOF preview button, spot metering, etc). I don't mean that other brands are bad because they make other choices, it is just that Nikon builds closer to my personal taste than most other brands.
    3 - Quality and durability. I have 2 analogical bodies (F801-s and F80) and they are as good as new after many many pictures. Never had the slightest problem with any of them.
    4 - Ergonomy. Holding a Nikon camera (at least all 3 I own) is a greater pleasure than any other camera I already held. It is something difficult to explain, but it is really a touching experience. Nikon feels good on my hands and Canon (for example) doesn't. Again, it doesn't mean Canon is bad, it just means I rather like (personally) to hold a Nikon body than any other I tried.

    I don't think one brand is better than others, but Nikon is definitely my choice.
    ZM

  • Tony McLaughlin

    November 15, 2007 10:54 am

    Canon for me, overall.
    I have too many cameras and like the Canon best, then Sony, Nikon, Casio, Panasonic, Olympus. Even my little Kodak is great.

    But if you ever need a repair job, try to get hold of a replacement LCD Screen.
    Only Canon will sell spare parts at reasonable prices to the man in the street.
    All the other manufacturers should be ignored, until they stop ripping off their 'valuable' customers

  • Cao

    August 22, 2007 04:57 am

    i'd go for canon, dslr or otherwise compact cameras, they do good job on both.

    i started with a samsung, after that with an olympus then i testes a canon a80 and bought an eos300d

    now i own a 20d and i dont think i wanna change it for any other camera.

  • Ricardo galvão

    August 7, 2007 04:20 am

    Any camera-manufaturer that use CMOS... (now Canon...)
    Sony announced to 2008...

    It's not the camera, it's the sensor size em quality....
    and despite it...
    The camera capture but the photographer must have to SEE....

    Which brush PICASSO used to paint with..???

    never mind...
    same way the camera....

  • Alby

    August 1, 2007 01:04 pm

    When it comes to digital video/photography goods, I exclusively use Canon. The digic processors are unmatched by any other company and the selection and quality of the Canon EF/EF-S is simply amazing. I ventured into the DSLR world with a 300D (Digital Rebel) and a EF 28-135 IS USM lens. I then graduated to a 30D and upgraded my glass and purchased a couple of L zooms and plan on picking up a couple of L primes pretty soon. I really don't think it's a matter of opinion. Just look at Canon's total volume in sales. It simply dwarfs the competition. Also, with so many Canon users out there, it's not that difficult to find high quality used bodies/lens/accessories..etc. I have received multiple comments, from Nikon users, saying that they wished they had gone with Canon. But of course, because they are already heavily invested in Nikon gear, it's hard to switch. Oh, and the white L lens are just oh so pretty.

    I've always wondered what the percentage is of non-Canon users who wished they had Canon gear but couldn't afford it and simply sing the praises of Nikon to make themselves feel a little better. I know I would if I was in that situation.

  • Rick

    August 1, 2007 02:49 am

    One example of why I love my Sony a-100 is this: I took a low light pic. in 1600 iso, then the same image on a tripod at 100 iso. I then enlarged the two pictures to ridiculous proportions, with NO noticeable graininess at all in the 1600 one. I have heard so much about high iso shots being grainy, but it's just not a problem with the a-100.I am surprised that Sony is not more highly rated.

  • Stephen Noel McCarthy

    July 28, 2007 02:14 am

    Sony CyberShot (7.2 Megapixels 3X OpticalZoom 2.4" LCD Screen MPEGMovieVX DSC-W7, with sufficient onboard & external memory capacity) - VERY GOOD:
    Sony CyberShot Model DSC-W50: Look, feel/ weight-in-hand, price - All Good

    My son bought the Sony CyberShot DSC-W7 and my son-in-law has a similar Sony CyberShot model which directed me to the Sony offerings and I subsequently bought the Sony CyberShot DSC-W50 which is a buy that I am pleased with.

    (STEPHEN NOEL)

  • Stephen Noel McCarthy

    July 28, 2007 02:11 am

    Sony CyberShot (7.2 Megapixels 3X OpticalZoom 2.4" LCD Screen MPEGMovieVX DSC-W7, with sufficient onboard & external memory capacity) - VERY GOOD:
    Sony CyberShot Model DSC-W50: Look, feel/ weight-in-hand, price - All Good

    My son bought the Sony CyberShot DSC-W50 and my son-in-law has a similar Sony CyberShot model which directed me to the Sony offerings and I subsequently bought the Sony CyberShot DSC-W50 which is a buy that I am pleased with.

    (STEPHEN NOEL)

  • Horia Paroiu

    July 27, 2007 04:49 pm

    I used a Fuji S5600/S5200 and I really liked it. The image quality is grate and for the money it was a very good camera.
    But recently I bought a Canon 350D and since then every other camera that I see seems just not as good. I also played a little bit with a D40 and it is a grate camera I have to recognize but still I think my 350D is better. I was intrested in a good image quality and that is why I bought a Canon and I did a very good thing. Now I'm savenig money for lenses. So in my opinion Canon is the best DSLR producer. And I think in the high-end is the same. If you look, at every sport even (Formula 1) all the photographers have Canons an that is because of the burst.

  • Ed

    June 27, 2007 12:37 am

    Just to add in my 2 (cents, euros, pence, etc), when I bought my first D-SLR, I bought a Minolta 5d. At the time, I knew that Minolta was getting out of the camera business, but I was sold on the idea of stabilization in the body, rather than in selected lens. I haven't regretted that decision. I know that other similar camera's have gotten better reviews, but I've been satisfied with the 5d and its 6 meg sensor and I still love the stabilized body. When it comes time to upgrade, body stabilization will continue to be a big factor in my choice (in addition to compatible lens). For a pocket (albeit, a big pocket!!) camera, I use a Canon S3IS and like it.

    Ed

  • FFred

    June 26, 2007 10:39 pm

    I always find those conversations a bit odd but here goes anyway...

    I currently have a Nikon D70 (bought it when it came out) and have switched to the Pentax K10d. I also have a couple Canon compacts, the G3 and the S3IS.

    The G3 is a splendid little camera which I still use a lot. The S3 was really disappointing because of the poor quality of its lens (lots of chromatic aberration, lack of sharpness) even though it has the usual quality (good ergonomy) of the little Canon compacts). Fine for family pictures I guess but not much more.

    The D70 takes great pictures but I found the interface to be very poorly thought out. In stark contrast with the K10d which was the first DSLR that didn't feel to me like a film camera with a few digital controls slapped on, but as a camera built to be digital from the ground up (this after trying a number of models from Canon and Nikon during the numerous get togethers with my photo group). Hopefully makers like Sony and Olympus seem to be taking the same path so the future may look brighter in that regard.

    And as a closing word, the very idea that there could be a "better" manufacturer is ludicrous. There isn't that much difference between them all and so far none of the DSLR bodies that have been released has actually been bad. The main deciding factor is whether one "gets along" with his camera. My D70 and I don't get along very well. It doesn't make it a bad camera, it just doesn't make it the right camera for me.

  • Randy Vellacott

    May 31, 2007 03:27 pm

    I will never again buy a Canon product let alone a camera.
    I used a canon AE-1 camera for over 25 years with nary a problem. I bought a G5 Powershot and noticed some artifacting (banding) in the top of frame.
    After 10 months in service and 3 replacement CCD's the service department (Sydney) finally admitted that the problem was inherent in the G5 series, but referred to it not as a problem, but as a product limitation. In all that time, to that point, they denied that there was anything wrong and particularly that it might be inherent. I was treated like an idiot by the Brisbane service desk and the Sydney service department seemed to be of the opinion that my expectations as to quality of digital were beyond the mediums capabilities.
    I am a Visual Effects Supervisor and compositor (with Australia's oldest visual effects company) and was a lead compositor on Superman Returns (all digital - well nearly).

  • gang

    May 29, 2007 03:49 am

    As per my opinion CANON is the best. Their A710IS simply is the best. it has got everthing. With its 6X zoom and image stabilisation it really rocks. It is one of the best all round cameras for great outdoor pictures and even indoor too.
    I recommend that camera for beginners and professionals too. its relly easy to use. and the price is also very reasonalble

  • nav

    May 27, 2007 10:21 pm

    As a point and shoot camera , i personally feel Panasonic Lumix TZ3 cannot be beaten , i've used canon and nikon but the quality i get at higher 10x zoom and wide angle is unbeatable . very intelligent diotropic correction with edge to edge clarity and mega O I S . price is too reasonable.

  • Puppetz

    May 27, 2007 03:26 pm

    I might remind people that Canon practically invented camera technology. They have the most patents in cameras and lenses, they are the leaders in Compact and SLR. They invented EOS, They build IS into the lens where it's supposed to be to work properly. They are number 1 in the world for digital photocopiers, number 1 in scanners, number one in wide format photo printers, and microfish technology. These are not coincidences, they spend 1/3 of profits on R & D. Everyone is goind to like the products they like. But you can't refute the facts. Universally the number one company in Imaging.

  • Allan

    May 23, 2007 01:03 pm

    Nikon D2X is a wonderful tool, and most importantly produce beautiful results. I love using it, but it is too heavy for my wife especially with a fast zoom attached.

    We had a Nikon CoolPix 7800, and was simply too slow if people were in frame. It perfected catching people with closed eyes. After I took that for a swim I looked at the current crop of CoolPix cameras and none seemed to have resolved that issue. I wanted a Ricoh R5 but it was not available at the time, so settled instead on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50. It is fast and the screen is really nice, unfortunately the quality of photos have been utterly disappointing. Not a single of the dusk/night photos we took on the streets of Paris were decent. The indoor photos my wife at an indoor event were crappy as well. It is a doorstop unless you enjoy taking photos outside at noon.

  • Blagoj

    May 19, 2007 07:20 am

    I don't have an DSLR camera yet, but went trough three digital point-and-shoot cameras, Nikon, Sony and Canon(A610). Must say, Canon takes the round. With the Nikon I had so many problems, regardless it was only 2MP camera, but the pictures were blurry no matter what settings I used. The Sony(Cybershot DSC-V1) was a better one, the responsive time was very very slow. With a fully charged battery was able to take only 40-50 shots, thats without flash, with flash around 25. The quality of the photos was not so bad. Finally, the third must be a charm, I got a Canon A610. Its a high quality camera, uses 4 AA batteries, fills solid and the most important, takes great photos. My future camera will be Canon again, for sure.

  • petamass

    May 15, 2007 03:58 am

    The question is about "Digital camera manufacturer", so we shouldn't limit our answers to DSLR only, right?
    Anyway, does it matter other than brand loyalty? Even within the same brand, there are different models with different features and tradeoffs. When I bought my first "digital" camera, I listed out all the features(price, media format, etc.); arrange them in order based on my priority and then compare all available cameras using this list. I ended up with a Canon Powershot G1! Which, if not for the broken flash, I might still be using it now. Since then, I had bought several more digital cameras (canon g6, fuji, olympus and nikon). The reasons?
    1. Canon G6 - to replace my G1, also because I have all those CF cards. It is heavier, but with a better lens and I am very happy with it.
    2. Olympus - small size, easy to carry, that's why I bought it. It happens to use xD card, but I don't really care.
    3. Nikon - uses SD card. It was a gift...
    4. Fuji - another compact digital camera, bought for the same reason as #2.
    So, to me, there is no "best manufacturer"... only the "best camera that fit my purpose".

  • Ed

    May 12, 2007 10:37 am

    I must say Minolta..even though they are no longer with us. The thing that sold me on them was the stabilization in the body. I bought a 5d and have not been sorry. I think that the 6mg is a good match for the sensor size. I was intrigued by the Sony Alpha, but I didn't much like the poor reviews it got for noise levels at ISO 400 and above. If they can fix that, I think it will be my next d SLR.

  • michael

    May 9, 2007 05:14 am

    "-ergonomics, in comparison with the nikons, it’s not as good and it takes longer to set up, which means you could loose a shot, in that split second"

    I have no idea what this means.

    Perhaps you like to turn off your Canon DSLR? I have a 30D and can't remember the last time I bothered with that, there's just no reason to. Pick up the camera, push the button.

  • dfg

    May 9, 2007 12:38 am

    I say Fuji, and not because I think they make best cameras, it's because they focus on important things, for instance S5 Pro has only 6.3 Mpix, but with better quality, fast startup time, long battery life, they even dumped xD in favour of SD. Fuji cameras are simply closest to my ideal camera, and they go in a good direction (still a long way though).

  • DJ

    May 6, 2007 03:59 am

    I've made pictures with over 10 different SLRs and would say "Canon" when anyone asks me what make should they buy.

    Funny thing is that the reason isn't the camera at all. Don't get me wrong. I love Canon cameras, but the real reason is the lens. Take the worlds best camera and put on it the worlds worst lens and no one will like your pictures. Take a cheep camera and put on a high quality lens and you can take great pictures.

    There are many companies that make good lensess but I have found that for the 30 years that I have been shooting, that Canon and always had the reputation of being great in this area. Since Canon makes great cameras too, the combination just works!

  • Esteban

    May 5, 2007 12:35 pm

    I really think canon makes the difference, lower price the best quality(comparing with other brands ). I have a powershot A620 and for that price...men nothing compares to it, the colours, details and it's very easy to use.

  • e. carney

    May 5, 2007 06:41 am

    Own the Nikon D200 & the Canon 5D. Both are great cameras. Nikon lenses are the best. Canon's full frame and sensor is the best. Both companys stand behind their products and both provide excellent customer service. Too bad they don't merge...and create the NikCanOn---LOL!!!!!!!!! Imagine the possiblities of that baby!!!!

  • nopphdol

    May 5, 2007 03:30 am

    Fuji for compact camera. I had F30 and now get F40 for face detection. The low light shooting is even better when combine with Face detection for candid shot.

  • Jody

    May 5, 2007 03:12 am

    I started taking digital photos a long time ago with a Sony 505v. It had 3 megapixels! The most you could get at the time. I still use that camera as a point and shoot and it takes great pictures.
    When I switched to a DSLR I opted for a Nikon D70 and absolutely love the camera and the flash system. For me, a medium sized woman, the ergonomics are great. The camera fits in my hand, the buttons and menu system are easy to use and the camera is reasonably light weight. This is very important to me as I just can't stand lugging heavy equipment around. The quality of the images I have taken with this camera are excellent - even in low light. I will probably upgrade to a D80 in the future but for now I'm fine with this camera. However, my biggest gripe with both Canon and Nikon is the decision to put the image stabilizers in the lenses rather than the camera body. This requires the camera owner to rebuy the stabilzer with every lens purchase. The new Sony Alpha (with Carl Zeiss lenses available) has opted for in camera image stabilization which might be a deciding point for me if I was to buy a new DSLR right now.

  • Kalani

    May 5, 2007 03:10 am

    My first camera was a Nikormat, my second Nikon F2. My lens of choice was a 52mm f1.2, a beautiful hunk of glass. This was 30 + years ago.
    Nikon cameras have always been built to take a punishment. I've always liked that. I still have the F2.

    Now I use the Canon Rebel, I like the processor. For astrophotography the low noise helps.

  • Joshua M-D

    May 4, 2007 09:36 pm

    Personally, I think that Canon cameras are brilliant because they stand up to constant abuse while I use them (e.g. being buried in snow, falling out of first floor windows and being trodden on many times). Of the two I had, an a300 and an a60, the a60 died a couple of weeks ago and the a300 is still going strong!

  • Paul Wright`

    May 4, 2007 08:08 pm

    I have owned several Kodak P & S cameras and found that they were only average when in competition with Sony P & S.
    I have now graduated to DSLR, with a lot of research on net aand talking to other owners both professionals and gifted ametuers, all voted Canon was the best all round DSLR camera.
    I purchased a Canon 20D with a Tamron 28-75mm lens that lives on the camera and have had no problems with either camera/lens in all types of weather conditions - including low light. I have tried out a Nikon but was disappointed with the day time results.

  • Paul.M.

    May 4, 2007 05:20 pm

    I would choose Canon. Lots of custom controls for those who like them, even in low priced ones.

  • Cyron

    May 4, 2007 03:17 pm

    I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for Olympus dSLRs. Olympus inovates like no one else in the industry. Dust cleaning is only just now becoming mainstream, but Olympus has had it for years with the E-1. They pioneered live preview, they have in camera image stabalisation, they have the smallest dSLR available, they are one of the few dSLRs that will let you mount an external flash on the camera to bounce whilst at the same time as using the on camera flash.

    It's just a pity that they fall behind in plain old ease of use and marketting. In spite of my love for Olympus cameras, I have to say Canons are nicer to use

  • Don Richardson

    May 4, 2007 02:03 pm

    Panasonic FZ series cameras are tops in my book.I'm disabled but love outdoor photography. I am unable to hike or get far from my car. I love the The Leica lens, 12x zoom and Optical image stabilization.They all work to make these cameras the best for me. There has been a lot said about noise with this camera but for outdoor photography and long distance work I don't think it can be beaten. I started with the FZ1, upgraded to the FZ20 and have recently changed to the Leica V-LUX 1 which is essentially a FZ50 using Leica programs.

    If you want good build and image quality without having to go DSLR this is definetly a camera you should try.

  • Rob

    May 4, 2007 01:32 pm

    I'm a Fuji user and probably will be for some time. I respect that Canon and Nikon are the world leaders and I'm not sure if thats because of their quality or "die hard" film users faithful to the old brand and every magazine I pick up aims their attentions to these main manufacturers.
    I'm an amatuer and recognised when I was looking at digital that I was going to be daunted by a DSLR to start off with.
    Thats why I now have the Fuji S5600. Partly price and partly Fuji's constant ability to reproduce colours and tones equal to some lower end DSLR's.(according to reviews) Every review I read on the S5600 said it "punched above it's weight", useable images up to ISO 800 on it's way to 1600, jpeg and RAW, takes filters, great battery life, live histogram, 1.1 second start up and .01 sec lag. Show me a camera under US$200 that does that and reproduces accurate colour like it does and it will probably be the Fuji S9....
    For someone starting out who wants to learn with not a huge learning curve and an easy to use camera that won't break the bank and will also give you plenty of "wow" comments, look at Fuji's lineup.
    I only wish it had a wider angle than 38mm equivelant, but I can live with that.

  • PUnder

    May 4, 2007 12:35 pm

    Would love to hear what other Fuji users have to say.

  • PUnder

    May 4, 2007 12:32 pm

    Have used Fuji cameras from state-of-the-art SLRs starting in
    the early 70s to present DSLR FinePix S9000 and a few "
    point and shoot" in between. Thrown into the mix have been a
    "point and shoot" Nikon and Canon still used occasionally. Nothing technically compares to Fuji's allover performance:
    nothing complex, adaptable, short learning curve and wholly
    dependable. Am still greatly impressed by what this camera
    can do to consistently improve my photography. Started out as
    an uneducated neophyte and have been published in major local
    magazines in a large metro area. Isn't me, its the camera! Will continue to upgrade to Fuji as the technology changes.

  • Soonlar

    May 4, 2007 12:12 pm

    I like Canon best.
    I have the Canon Powershot S3 IS
    It has a big quality lens and takes great pictures and does awesome video at 640x480 30fps.

  • Gerry

    May 4, 2007 11:59 am

    Kodak is excellent for beginners. My first P&S camera's
    were Kodak. I was not happy with the Kodak V550 so I bought
    a Cannon S3IS. It takes excellent pictures and I am very
    happy with it. I am now ready to take the next step and take it off Auto, and learn how to use the manuel controls.
    Once I learn how to do that, then I would love to get a
    DSLR. So I am paying attention to what all of you have to
    say about each brand.

  • ronWLS

    May 4, 2007 11:47 am

    I've had my Canon dSLR for a little over a month and I am impressed with Canon customer service. I had an issue with DPP software so I created an online support issue thinking that I would get a response by the next day. They got back to me within 15 minutes. I think that is a record for my experience with online support and that covers a number of years.
    The camera continually impresses me also so I am definitely becoming a Canon believer.

  • Lao K

    May 4, 2007 11:39 am

    Canon.
    In 1989 I purchased a Canon EOS630 film camera. I bought some extra Canon lenses after that but knew nothing about "L" class Canon lenses. I even bought a 100-200mm zoom with no manual focus and I got what I paid for. The equipment is great and in 2005 I purchased a Canon EOS350D because I wanted to go digital SLR and I wanted to use my lenses. In December 2006 I did a shoot in low light (sunset) with the Canon EOS350 and found that my lenses were too slow and the 100-200 lens (with no manual focus) caused me problems. I didn't want to use my Canon Speedlite 580EX flash for focus assist and as a result I took photos that were out of focus because the camera struggled in the lighting. That caused me to buy a Canon 70-200mm USM Image Stabilised "L" lens. Then I bought a Canon 24-70mm USM "L" lens. Last week I bought a Canon EOS-1Ds Mk II camera. I am only an amateur and now have professional equipment. Saying that I am an amateur is a bit of an understatement because I even have a colour light meter and a few other goodies. Photography is my lifetime hobby. So, what camera manufacturer do I like? CANON! Superb equipment, superb optics. Locally here in Western Australia their customer service is poor but I cannot criticise the product just because of the 'Wait Awhile' mentality here. Look at what equipment the professionals are using. It used to be Nikon F1. Now it is Canon EOS-1 series.

  • WTL

    May 4, 2007 11:31 am

    I've been using my first-gen Canon Digital Rebel pretty much since they came out (I might have waited a month or two), and I've shot nearly 17,000 photos on it, and I have to say I've been extremely pleased with it.

    That, as well as all the positive things my friends have said about their Canon Point-and-shoot cameras, I think I will throw my hat into the Canon ring.

  • Graeme Smith

    May 3, 2007 04:14 am

    Just want to say that I really like my Panasonic FZ50. This camera does have some negatives (very noisy, burst mode ok with jpeg, terrible with raw) but there are even more good things: Size, super long lens (35-420), great IS, Raw capture, ok macro mode, and full manual control. Its a good camera that can be used very effectively once you learn its quirks. Has worked quite well for me.

  • Amir

    May 2, 2007 10:39 pm

    My Choice is CANON, without any doubt.

    First I had a Canon Powershot A85.
    10 days ago I purchased an S3 IS and both are superb compact cameras. Check my Flickr photo stream if you wish.

  • Desmond Gunatilaka

    May 2, 2007 10:06 am

    I am fortunate that my friends have different cameras. After trying out Olympus,Nikon,Canon and Minolta - i decided on Canon. I felt very comfortable with the size of 30D. Also the cost and availabilty of various lenses. Finally the pictures seemed sharper to me after photographing the same objects.

  • Amber

    May 2, 2007 09:02 am

    My personal camera of choice is the Nikon D50. When it came down to it, I liked it better than Canon's DigRebel. As stupid as this may sound, I have small hands and the Nikon just seems to fit better! I always found the Rebel harder to wrap your hands around and the buttons on the D50 make more sense to me...but maybe because I grew up using an AE1 and a Nikon SLR, both which have fewer buttons.

    Nikhil mentioned that 99% of these cameras will give the same results, but I disagree! If you've ever looked at Flickr by the type of camera used to take the picture, I've noticed the the style of pictures for Nikon vs. Canon DSLR is slightly different...not in an overly noticeable way unless you're looking for it or in a negative/positive way. The cameras just give something a little different. As many have stated, Canons are better with high ISO, so many nightshots end up being with them, as well as action shots. Closeups/portraits seem to be more prominent with Nikon users. I go with closeups and portraits, so it makes sense I'm a Nikon girl. It's not necessarily the camera, but the way you use it and people use different brands differently...

    As for lenses, Canon's are nice, but they can't touch Nikon. I not only use a Nikon DSLR, but I also use several of the optical-digital microscopy cameras. The results are amazing even there, where a bad lens can destroy a perfectly good sample. While they are separate entities, these companies do share technology, meaning Nikon users benefit from the scientific community's cash flow.

    As for P&Ss, I have a Kodak that I think is pretty crappy, but my cousin just got the new V1003 and it's pretty brilliant. Tiny, 10MP, huge LCD. Zoom isn't amazing, but then again neither are most P&S's zooms.

    My dad now has the Nikon Coolpix S4, which I'm not as impressed with. A bit pricy for a 6MP camera that almost seems unwieldy at times...

    Just my two-cents :)

  • Jonathan

    May 2, 2007 02:35 am

    I don't think anyone's mentioned this yet, but I think Nikon not only has better ergonomics, but a better, solid body all around. All of their cameras lead the class they're in in terms of build quality (D40, D80, especially D200). In terms of colour, Nikon and Canon (I believe) are tied, but some may say Nikon has an edge in colours. With accessories, Canon and Nikon are tied as well, both have an extensive selection of lenses, but I am in the belief that Nikon has a better wireless flash system. They do also have a better and more accurate flash exposure system with the i-TTL system. I'm not very familiar with Canon's flash system, so I may not comment. The only aspect of Canon's cameras that really turn me off, are the menu systems. Even on their newest cameras, their menu systems are not user-friendly. And Canon's build quality and ergonomics aren't quite as good as Nikon, ableit they're not horrible. I do applaud Canon sensors' ISO performance and their ability to pick up detail, but other than that, they don't stand out too much. So that's my comparo between Nikon and Canon, which should bias towards Nikon.
    For Fuji, I respect them because they make good sensors. Their new Super CCD in the S5 is very good with the extended dynamic range. Its ISO performance isn't something to write home about, but it's not bad either. I do not know this myself, but I have been told that the S5 is extremely good as skin tones, which is why people use it for portrait photography. Therefore, their strength is in sensors and colour. The new S5's speed isn't that great, almost the same as the D40, and in some aspects, even slower. Their bodies as okay, but since their new S5 is the D200's cousin, it's very very good considering the price. And since Fuji cameras uses Nikon's F-mount, it rocks because Nikon users can buy both Fuji and Nikon bodies, which does have a slight edge over Canon.
    I'm not very familiar with the other camera manufacturers such as Olympus, or Pentax. Why I didn't consider them in the first place is because that it's not as easy to find accessories such as lenses for Pentax cameras, even if they are expanding their line. So, even if their camera body does beat out Nikon or Canon, it wouldn't matter because Nikon and Canon have a wider selection of accessories, which, of course is very important (unless of course, you want to use your DSLR like a point and shoot, only using the kit lens).
    And I hope that sufficiently explains why I use Nikon cameras (actually, I have only purchased one Nikon SLR). I do believe in the Nikon system.

  • Soniya Khan

    May 1, 2007 02:18 pm

    Nikon is the BEST ever !

  • Dr. Tan

    May 1, 2007 02:06 pm

    300D user here.

    Personally I find Nikon's unusable, but just like my Nikon friends who can't function with my Canon. A friend once mentioned that Nikons and Canons are for people with different personalities.

    That aside, I personally prefer the speed of Canon's focusing. Even with the 70-200 f/2.8 VR (Nikon), I find it pretty slow.

    Apart from the Nikon vs. Canon issue, I find Kodak's too simple, the functions. Quite PnS-y

  • klew

    May 1, 2007 01:07 pm

    I chose my Sony originally because I liked the quality of their products, the DSC-S85 was sturdy and felt like it would take a fall onto the sidewalk (never tested). I was wary of the memory stick format, but it never became an issue, as my three cards of different capacities always filled up at the exact same time as my two batteries drained (I had that camera really tuned out to optimal usage). When I bought it back in 2001, the Zeiss glass lens really put it over the top. Nowadays, I go for features, and most of the manufacturers share similar feature sets. I bought a Canon point-and-shoot, but have no brand loyalty. My ideal DSLR at the moment is the Nikon D80 (I'm all over the place).

  • Puplet

    May 1, 2007 12:41 pm

    I don't think any manufacturer is consistently good. Olympus made some fantastic digicams (the legendary C-5050) but their newer ones aren't anywhere near as desirable.

    Similarly, I didn't think very much of the undeservedly popular Nikon D70 - but the D80 is fantastic value...

    At some point in choosing a camera, price comes into it. And, when you're deciding to spend your money, lots of things come up or grabs, including end-of-line, discontinued, and second-hand stuff...

    So, a new Fuji F40 (£200 in some shops) costs the same as: two Fuji F20, or a second-hand Nikon D70, or a refurb Olympus E-500 dSLR...

  • Om Prakash

    May 1, 2007 11:15 am

    I have owned Nikon SLRs [F801 and F70d] so when it came to digital Nikon was the obvious choice for me and I bought a D80 when I had saved enough. Before that I shot with Fuji's Finepix S7000 and S9500. I have had the opportunity of borrowing and using Nikon's D70, D200 and Canon's 10D, 300D from friends.

    I love Nikon SLR and DSLR, they feel more comfortable to hold and its commands and controls are easier to operate and well placed.

    I am getting a Canon's digital IXUS compact camera because when it comes to compacts no one can beat Canon in my opinion.

  • Tarek

    May 1, 2007 10:35 am

    I am an Olympus fan, because it is my fist and the only camera I bought. Actually I like the quality of their kit lens, dust reduction system (not in Nikon), four thirds standard where many other companies may develop lenses to them (I like companies that try to create or follow standards), their colors and finally they have resellers here in Egypt who know what a camera is, while Nikon resellers here never heared about the D40 model and do not know what are the differences between D80 and D200 :(
    But when it comes to Point and Shoot, I think Canon are the best with great manual controls and excellent image quality, however they need to change their batteries to Li-Ion ones instead.

  • Taylor

    May 1, 2007 10:23 am

    I'd have to say Canon is my first choice. I have owned a Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, EOS 20D and finally and currently and EOS 30D. I also have a 28-135 IS lens and a 100-400 IS L lens (that one broke the bank)

    I also like Sony's DSLR (alpha with the IS built in to the camera) but I dont think there ais enough widespread acceptance of Sony's cameras....

    For compact point and shoot, you can't beat the 10MP Samsung NV10, which can be had for under $250 *AND* comes with a top-notch (size relative) Schneider Kreuznach lens.

    I don't know if you know about the Blogger's Choice Awards but they have a "Best Photography Blog" category that you should check out. If you're not already nominated, you are welcome to nominate yourself (this blog is certainly worthy. If you're already nominated, you can grab some embed code that puts a "vote for me" button up on your site so that your readers can make sure you win and get sent to the awards ceremony in November.

    Worth a shot to get something back. Anyway, best of luck, and keep on blogging.

  • stuz

    May 1, 2007 10:14 am

    Canon = longest time on the DSLR market, theoretically it should be a brand with (historically?) alight technical advantage over other brands... but on the other we have all seem companies resting on their laurels. Has/is Canon now to dominant on the market that they do not longer listening to what the enthusiasts/semipros are craving for? I hope they're beginning to feel Nikon's biting them in their heels..

  • stuz

    May 1, 2007 10:07 am

    I'm a Canon devotee myself, and if it wasn't for my L lenses and I had to buy a DSLR today I think I would do the Judas-stunt and actually buy a Nikon. When at the time I bought my Canon, the options that Nikon were offering just didn't seem to justify a purcahse of a Nikon. Nikon didn't even reach Canon to it's sockholders! But now, I don't know.. Canon's pro series nothing can compete with them, but being a techie geek I like the feel of holding a Nikon body (D200) and eventho it's overcrowded with buttons and dials and it's jungle like menu system, sometimes I feel that Canon's interface is just a tad too Fischer-Price's My First Camera to me.

  • Peter

    May 1, 2007 09:50 am

    Personally I favor Canon, I could ramble, but in a nutshell it comes down to three things:
    1. Their DSLR CMOS sensors produce smoother tones, with less noise.
    2. Their optics (lenses) rock.
    3. Their range of accessories and warranty options is unrivaled.

  • Mario

    May 1, 2007 09:30 am

    I love my Pentax K110d. Backwards compatibility means a lot of cheap lens options, currently i have a 28mm f2.8 and a 80-200mm f3.9 that belonged to my grandfather, both manual focus but everything else works great. I like the interface too but i don't have a preference for that, the only interface i don't like is Sony's. The body of the camera is strong and resistant, the kit lens is great, i like the quality Pentax gives, but i cannot compare it to other manufacturers, this is my first DSLR. Finally the price, a K110d is cheaper than any other similar DSLR.

  • pablo

    May 1, 2007 07:45 am

    I will talk only about nikon and canon, because they are the ones Ive been exposed to.

    NIKON:
    pros:
    -great ergonomics, the cameras just feel right.

    -great lenses, better color(than canon, IMO) slightly bit sharper as well, for aberration and distortion, it depends on the lens really.

    -also for the lenses, Nikon has the F mount and it is pretty universal for both old and new bodies/cameras

    -IMO best speedlights around.

    cons:
    the high ISO performance, excessive dig noise.

    Canon:
    pros:

    -their sensors rock for high ISO

    cons:
    -ergonomics, in comparison with the nikons, it's not as good and it takes longer to set up, which means you could loose a shot, in that split second

    neutral
    -lenses are pretty good, nothing that some PS cant fix.

    I own a Nikon D70s, but knowing what I know about cameras today I think I'd stil go with Canon, but this is only because I do a lot pf photography in low light conditions. and I hate digital noise. doesnt mean that I dont use it, I just dont like it

  • Cindy L.

    May 1, 2007 06:40 am

    P.S. Viewfinders on point & shoot digital cameras are a thing of the past...They are on their way out-along with 35mm film.
    No viewfinder = bigger LCD screen.
    Cindy

  • Cindy L.

    May 1, 2007 06:37 am

    Funny how everyone always seems to forget FujiFilm (no logo on top of page) when they innovate most of the technology used by other camera manufacturers. They have the fastest 6th generation CCD (that is also honeycomb shaped for better/truer image capture) The also have the real photo technology which everyone then picked up. 2 years ago they came up with face detection technology and now everyone else has it....The difference? Fujifilm doesn't waste money in advertising-they use it for "innovating". That's why they now have cameras used by/wished for by forensics departments and surgical scopes.

    The winning reason for me to love Fuji, other than the awesomeness of their cameras and trueness of the colors in their pictures? They are an American Company-the cameras are fixed in the United States BY FUJI and not some "service center" paid by them to handle it, they recycle 100% of their one time use cameras to make into new cameras, and they build their digital cameras start to finish with their own manufactered components-making a better fit and more sound camera.

    My 35 mm was a Minolta, I bought a Minolta digital to replace it and hated it. Bought a point and shoot Canon to use until I could afford the Fuji camera I wanted and it worked fine but I love love LOVE my new Fuji DSLR camera and will never consider another brand again.

    Cindy

  • Rob Plahn

    May 1, 2007 05:50 am

    What weight you apply to different features, qualities and weaknesses can change from person to person, and even from time to time. Sorry for being so long winded here but I’m hoping that by “walking through’ my experience I might help someone else. I’m also hoping for some help to settle the debate on my next DSLR choice.

    When I wanted to buy my first DSLR last year I wanted to walk out of the store for less than $1,000US. That narrowed the selection. I bought the Olympus Evolt 500 and I loved it! Great camera, powerful features, easy menus, great pictures and the best part was it came with two lenses (14-45mm & 40mm-150mm) for under $800US. As far as camera value for your money, this is tough to beat. I took some fabulous pictures with this camera. But after using it for 3 weeks I was overwhelmed by everything I was learning about photography and cameras. When I started looking at more lenses, I found out that there is an enormous market of used lenses and other equipment, but of course it’s flooded with items for the popular Nikon and Canon products and very small for less popular brands. So I found my buying power diminished by a less popular brand choice. I also found myself realizing that I had been benefiting from my point and shoot’s image stabilization a lot more than I realized. When I went shopping for image stabilized lenses I learned that they typically cost $200-$300 more than the non IS version. There were lots of choices of good used IS lenses at good prices for the popular cameras but not for my Olympus.

    I returned the Olympus and went to the store to buy either the Nikon D70 or the Rebel XT. After research I felt the Canon was the best camera, but I didn’t like the grip of the smaller lighter body. The Evolt has great feel, rubber grips, so does the Nikon but it’s more expensive than the Rebel. Once again I was shown something else. The Sony Alpha. I had read great things about this camera but was turned off for the same reason, lack of market share would mean lack of lenses to choose from without spending several hundred dollars. What I didn’t realize was that Sony had bought out Minolta and that the entire market of Minolta equipment would work on the Sony Alpha. That made the used market seem pretty good for Sony, and once Sony enters a market, they usually stick around. Then I learned that the Alpha has built image stabilization which meant any lens I purchase will automatically be image stabilized. That clinched it for me I bought the Alpha. After owning an Alpha for almost a year and shooting thousands of pictures I can tell you it’s a fantastic camera. It’s fast, very fast, great color, lots of features, a true performer. I especially like feel of the body. Great grip and very good balance. The Alpha will be around for a long time and is going to gain fast in my opinion.

    But…what I have come to realize is this. I love photography. So much so that although I have a lot to learn, I want to learn everything I can. I want to some day end up with a pro level body, a nice lens selection, good flash, remote flash for studio shooting, etc, etc, etc.. So I’m on the verge of making the decision to sell my Alpha and to go buy a Canon or a Nikon. Here’s why. As my experience increases and my photography progresses I will buy more and more equipment. Regardless of which model is currently on top, what seems more important is what family of products I invest in. I’m not a wealthy guy so it means a lot, that I be able to take my investments in lenses, flashes, etc.. and use them with my next bigger and better camera.

    One final note. There’s a really good reason everyone talks about low light performance. I have thrown away far, far too many really good pictures I wanted to keep because they were blurry. They were blurry because I hate what the flash does to indoor pictures. My 10 month old son won’t hold still long enough for me to use a slower shutter speed so even during the say with window light that either means flash or higher ISO. I choose ISO and Canon seems to be the hands down leader in that area. So even though I really like the feel of the Nikon so much better than the Rebel XT, I’m down to choosing between ISO (Canon) or Grip/Comfort (Nikon). Beyond ISO I find Nikon / Canon technically comparable.

  • Bryan

    May 1, 2007 04:47 am

    I went for Nikon for a DSLR mainly because I had a few decent lenses from my "film" SLR Nikon around, and that cut my costs of having to pick up additional lenses in the immediate future. I've been happy with the Nikon so far, and really don't have a good comparison with Canon.

    One thing I am disappointed in with the Nikon so far is its lack of a standard RAW format. It has RAW, but it appears somewhat proprietary compared to what others (Canon) produce. That means that I am limited on some of my desktop apps for editing the RAW images until I convert them.

    I do, however, feel that the Canon P&S cameras are great. My wife currently carries the Canon DS700 IS, and it produces outstanding photos. Previously (prior to my picking up the Nikon DSLR) I made heavy use of a Canon G1 with its pivoting LCD display.

  • Paul

    May 1, 2007 04:42 am

    The Fujifilm Finepix F110 my parents have is by far and away the best of the 'ultra compact' Point & shoot I have seen. Its battery seems to last forever, the 6mp consistently delivers excellent results and it has a very large screen. Only down-side is there is no viewfinder, but for its purpose it is excellent.

    I adore my Pentax K100d. It is very 'logically' laid-out and it has taken me very little time to be able to 'touch type' the controls (i.e. change things accurately by touch alone). The quality is excellent and the viewfinder is bright. I understand it will take any lens Pentax has produced which is good for those looking to upgrade/with existing lenses.

    Overall it is a question of individual preference though. I wouldn't like to argue that X is better or worse than Y, but from my experience these two have proved reliable brands.

  • Scottie

    May 1, 2007 04:12 am

    Having dropped the hobby for many years, I came into the DSLR arena with no preconceived notions. I was interested in Canon, then Nikon, then Olympus. I didn't even realize Pentax made DSLRs when I began my search. The Pentax K100 came out just abou the time I made the decision to jump into a DSLR. I have owned (and/or still own a Fuji (5200), Olympus and Canon P and S's). I read reviews extensively and searched through the major camera forums for user experiences. I ended up going with the K100 for many reasons. Price point, build quality, compatibility with thousands of lenses, Image Stabilization, etc. Ultimately, and the most common suggestions I encountered among Pentax users (unlike some of the other systems) I chose the camera based on the way the camera felt in my hand. From navigating menus to holding the camera steady, the K100 just felt right. I am not sure there is a singular "best" system. Pentax fits me, Canon and Nikon didn't. I am intrigued by the Olympus products, but the 3/4 system seems to much of a jump for me. I like the pentax community as well. You won't find a more helpful bunch of folks and the community seems pretty close nit, but then, I also drive a Subaru...

  • Karen Rasmussen

    May 1, 2007 03:48 am

    I love Olympus cameras; I've upgraded three times and am waiting for the Olympus Evolt E-510 to come out in July. I've already pre-ordered it. I haven't had any trouble with the three other cameras I bought from Olympus and each one has helped me grow as a photographer.

  • Pedro

    May 1, 2007 03:21 am

    For point & shoot:I love panasonic LUMIX. That was my first one, and now i have FZ-50 as bridge and FX-30 as ultracompact. Excelent Leica lenses and reasonable price.

  • A Marques

    May 1, 2007 02:24 am

    Not so many people in here supporting Sony... Well then, my duty to defend my camera brand.
    If you look really good, there aren't that many differences between the brands. Ok, so maybe one has a better feature than the others or a better lens collection, but overall they are very very good.
    Why I chose Sony? At the time I got my A100, it was the one that gave me a better price/quality ratio. A 10MP camera, super steady-shot (not many had this one), good price, huge selection of lenses (from Minolta)...

  • Mike Panic

    May 1, 2007 02:16 am

    SLR and DSLR, Canon, hands down. The ergonomics and button layout are way better. Nikon DSLR is so menu driven now, with a million more sub-menus that just take too much time to fiddle with.

    The 1 series is waterproof, dust sealed and o-ringed out like no other.

    For point and shoot, I still like Nikon.

  • Nikhil

    May 1, 2007 01:41 am

    It does not matter which camera brand you have, for almost 99% of the people out there any brand will produce the same result.

  • fulminating

    May 1, 2007 01:39 am

    canon b/c of low light and better selection of high quality - lenses. while the L or L-quality (e.g., 17-55 IS) are expensive, they're usually the same price as non IS (VR) nikon lenses. also, Canon has been consistently pushing the edge in sensor development making its system likely to stay the leader in performance (whereas Nikon seems to be the letter in ergonomics).

    That said, a Nikon D80 + 17-200 VR is a fantastic one lens system for everything but low light.

  • OBELIKS

    May 1, 2007 01:28 am

    Oh, right examples.
    A digital camera that would not make a hole in my pocket: Pentax K10D with their upcoming lens 16-50 F2.8, Bigma and a couple of limited primes (40 F2.8, 70 F2.4).

    My dream: Fujifilm S5 Pro again with Nikkor 18-50 F2.8, Bigma and primes.

    Bugma = Sigma 50-500 one crazy lens.

  • OBELIKS

    May 1, 2007 01:21 am

    Lens quality? All manufacturers have good lenses and horrible lenses. Lately I noticed that people praise Pentax lenses, and that they do not have a horrible lens (or not so horrible as others), so my vote goes to them.
    But if we talk about bodies and cameras in general I must go with Fuji. Their SuperCCD is THE SHIT in digital photography. Dynamic range is great, colors are great and so on and so on. And even Nikon mount is a good idea.

    But if we go further up the price scale, Leica. Leica M8 to be exact. Yes it has some design flaws (additional filters needed), but it's still great camera and lenses are in a totally different league than others.

    Generally I must say that there is no best manufacturer, they all have great products, that most of us should be content with, but there is no ultimate digital camera+lens combination, they all have some flaws. You just have to pick one that has flaws you can live with. For me ATM Pentax, with no money limit Fuji.

  • Fabio Zecchini

    May 1, 2007 01:16 am

    Any comments regarding the new Sony Alpha?

    Is it equivalent to Minolta, Pentax, Nikon or Canon?
    What do you buy at the same price for best?

  • Ben

    May 1, 2007 01:14 am

    I like the feel of Nikon's bodies better, they feel more sturdy and built better...however I prefer the files that come out of my 5d. In the end the quality of the file is what matters to me. I shoot in low light often and would not be able to get as many good shots without the great high iso that the camera produces.

  • mdwsta4

    May 1, 2007 12:38 am

    Canon for build quality, sensor size, speed, low light ability, and of course probably the most important part: lens quality.

    my disappointment with canon is nothing below the mkII offers weather protection. it'd be nice to have that on the 5D or even the 30D!

    i am curious to see more of the Fuji S5. from everything i've read they're new chip is amazing for it's tonal range and ability to catch highlights/shadows. shame it uses nikon mounts.

  • MyK-e-

    May 1, 2007 12:38 am

    I think that the best manufacturers are in my opinion, Canon, Olympus and Nikon. I own a Canon P&S and a dSLR (PowerShot S3 IS and Rebel XTi / EOS 400D), I love both, but I like Nikon and Olympus too. On Nikon I like the great results and colors it brings, the edition on camera, the dedicated buttons, but not the price. Olympus is getting great on innovation and on price and options, the Evolt E-510 (either E-500) is a great alternative and full of goodies. On Canon I love the low light response and the price is on middle of Nikon and Olympus, I like the support and the easy to use menus, the warm color. Each of these are great options and Sony, Pentax, Kodak, Fuji, Panasonic, are not so far on price and functions benefits and add ons.

  • Griffin

    May 1, 2007 12:18 am

    I prefer Nikon primarily because of the glass. Nikon's lenses have always been incredible. I have not had any low-light issues with my D200. I am amazed at the level of detail in the low-light images, and the noise is actually lower than if I shot the same image at the same ISO in film (at least in my experience). Of course, I do not do much low-light stuff. Most of my shots are portrait and product type images.

  • mjt

    May 1, 2007 12:06 am

    for "35mm", i'm pretty much dug in deep with Nikon and am very impressed with the quality in workmanship and the overall feel of the bodies in my hand (F5 and D200 being my favorites). cameras from other manufacturers just dont feel right in my hands.

    i still have my (film) F2as and F5 bodies, which i still use, and of which blows away any DSLR for low noise and wide DR :)

    i use a D2x, D200, and D80, and have a gaggle of Nikkors (high-end primes and zooms) and Nikon flash units (SB800's and SB600s). i find the Nikon flash system to be a bit more sophisticated than that from other manufacturers.

    i also shoot a FujiFilm S5 Pro (uses the D200 body), which has a Nikkor mount, allowing me to use all my existing glass. the S5 is so darn close to film, it smokes all other systems with respect to high-ISO-low-noise and incredibly wide-DR performance. it's also awesome with respect to proper reproduction of skin-tones.

    as far as having a true 35mm FF sensor body goes, it's not a concern for me as i use a Mamiya ZD. if you really think you have a requirement for a 35mm FF camera, medium format is the way to go. of course, if price is a concern, then the Canon 5D would be the way to go (over MF).

    regards, michael

  • Carla Emmons

    May 1, 2007 12:04 am

    I'm also in the Canon camp myself for digital. I've had nothing but good experiences with the 2 Canon digital cameras I've had. I find the navigation of the menus and features fairly intuitive. The equipment is solid and well-made (I... um... have been known to drop cameras) and easy enough to hand to a novice to take a group shot.

    Most importantly for me, they're fast. Both my G3 and my Rebel XTi can keep up with how quickly I shoot. I looked hard at Nikon before I bought the Rebel... but I stuck with Canon.

    However, Kodak's customer service is perhaps the best I've dealt with. (Then again, I've never had to call Canon customer service...)

  • marc

    April 30, 2007 11:47 pm

    Nikon

    I've only ever had two Nikons (F80 & D80) but the deciding factor for me was ergonomics. I found the Nikon bodies fit in my hands better and I find the controls more intuitive. I've played around with friends' Canons and had trouble figuring out the controls as easily as I did with the Nikons.

  • Lacy

    April 30, 2007 11:43 pm

    I was dying to buy a Nikon but opted on the Canon 400D because of the price. So far, the xti is extremely easy to use, and I've had no problems adjusting to the digital aspects of the canon. Unfortunately, in low light....the kit lens sucks.

  • utnapistim

    April 30, 2007 11:24 pm

    I'd say it depends.

    For compact cameras, I've used a Canon A80 for a couple of years and I'd have sworn by it; some of my best pictures were taken on it.
    To appreciate on it were the image quality, the battery life, the mobile screen and overall ease of use (there were others though).

    For dSLRs, at the moment I'm playing with a Nikon d50 and I'd take it any day over a Canon. Part of it is the familiarity I have with it, but there are other factors: hand-grip (and the feeling of the camera in your hand), feel of the camera (Canon dSLRs I've played with felt ... too sensitive), ease of use (dedicated buttons for all kinds of things).

  • Greg Furry

    April 30, 2007 11:02 pm

    Nikon fit and finish blows Canon away at anything below the Canon 5G level. Nikons just seems to feel like they are constructed of higher quality materials. I also like the power placement on the Nikons. Right near the trigger. You can easily flip on the power and shoot with one finger. Seems simple but I have caught a couple cool shots that I would have missed with other camera's. No doubt Canon rules the market now. You can't go wrong with either Canon or Nikon. As far as I am concerned these are the only two companies in the race.

  • Paulie [eatl/ga]

    April 30, 2007 10:44 pm

    I'm a Nikon D50 user who also owns a Pentax Optio P&S (mostly for its size).

    Canon makes quality cameras (both DSLR and P&S) as well. Given their popularity, if I had to do it all over again, I might go down that path just to get more interoperability with those around me.

    However, that all said, I think that talent of the person holding the camera far outweighs the brand name stamped on the camera.

  • Taavi Toomasson

    April 30, 2007 10:39 pm

    I prefer Nikon cause I own one, obviously. But when trying to be unbiased, I'd say nothing else than Canon or Nikon. They are the biggest sellers, thus get the most money for research, thus make better cameras and have the ability to sell at lower prices.

    Canon gives you more for the money, but Nikon's advantage is in the details. The way you delete a photo, ability to quickly reset, dedicated buttons et cetera.

    If I were to recommend something, I'd say Canon. Especially on small markets you are most likely get a great Canon second-hand lens or flash..

  • tom_s

    April 30, 2007 10:29 pm

    I'm mostly with mathew on this one:

    Best compacts for night and indoors:
    - Fuji due to their awesome SuperCCDs.

    Best outdoor compacts:
    - trickier because they are all essentially the same (and almost all use sony CCDs).

    I'd vote Sony if they didn't use annoying Memorysticks. So on balance i'd probably go for canon due to a good mix of lenses and features.

    However, for me personally, Ricoh has the best outdoor compacts in their R6. It might not have all the flashy newfangled techy features of some of the casio and canon models, but it has a 28mm wide angle and a 7x zoom.. and i'm fed up of boring 35-38mm cameras with a pathetic 3x zoom.

    Best video is probably currently casio, as their cameras tend to have excellent small size and good tech.. but less good picture quality.

    I'd maybe go for pentax as best DSLR as well.. mostly for the same reasons mentioned above..

  • ym

    April 30, 2007 10:26 pm

    I like canon during the film age... used to use the EOS 300 back then... i find the controls on a canon camera is very straight forward and user friendly... not forgetting the flash gun... canon's Speedlite is pretty easy to use tooo...
    and the range of lenses that canon offers is good...

    as for DSLR, i would say i like Nikon better.. because of it's built and the ergonomics of it's body..

  • Pierre

    April 30, 2007 09:49 pm

    Canon, for the low light performances and the price tag (I think here (Australia) Nikon is more expensive).

    And I've always been happy with Canon products, from point & shoot cameras (I had 4 different Ixus), to printers and video cam.

    I own a 350D, a 17-85IS USM and a 10-22USM (both canon's lenses).

  • Matthew Miller

    April 30, 2007 09:39 pm

    This question can really only be answered with the addendum "best for what?"

    For indoor digicams, it's Fuji due to their awesome sensors. For digicams outdoors where high-ISO performance isn't important, it's Panasonic for their great optics and image stabilization.

    For DSLRs, for me the answer was Pentax -- more powerful camera bodies than the competition at the price points, and a great selection of top-notch lenses again at much lower prices than the Canon or Nikon equivalents. And some unique and wonderful prime lenses like the tiny "pancake" series.

  • Chris Osborne

    April 30, 2007 09:32 pm

    While I was out hunting for a used DSLR I was told that Canon has the best low light ability, Olympus would get you the best colors, and Nikon had the best flash system but was otherwise between the two others. And that anything else really wasn't worth getting.

    One thing I'd definitely consider though is how cheaply you'd be able to get lenses. If all of my friends and family had Nikon stuff I'd give that some weight, or if I could get good, used Canon stuff.

  • Pietel

    April 30, 2007 09:29 pm

    I have always been a Nikon user and like the ruggedness of their DSL cameras such as the F100 and the Nikon D200. These bodies are solid and easy to control.

    Since the digital era I am jealous of the quality of images produced by canon sensors: high iso and low noise, vivid colors, depth of the image.

    I am a little disappointed by the quality of images produced by the sensors used in Nikon cameras.

  • Brian Auer

    April 30, 2007 09:28 pm

    I'm a fan of Konica Minolta, even though they sold out to Sony. I've got a Maxxum 7D, and I'm in love with it. It's big enough to feel solid in my hands, there's an external control for almost everything (fewer lcd menu ops), the anti-shake feature works great, and it's a solid performer. I'm just disappointed that KM sold out before they had a chance to give the Maxxum line more updated sensors. I'm also a little ticked at Sony for replicating the 5D, but not the 7D body. Everybody who has ever owned a 7D swears by it.

  • xavier

    April 30, 2007 09:10 pm

    Fuji+Nikon really made a difference with the S5pro : it's not the perfect DSLR yet but it's really over canon and nikon for noise management and dynamic range.
    The D200 body is very decent, i always liked the nikon ergonomics more, but that's a matter of taste.

  • Luis Cruz

    April 30, 2007 08:52 pm

    I'm only talking about DSLRs here, but my 2 cents worth:

    Canon makes the best sensors around, IMO. In most conditions, you probably can't tell the difference between sensors, but one you get into low light situations, Canon sensors whip the competition. On the other hand, now that Nikon bodies are using Sony sensors, they seem to be performing just as well. The problem Nikon has though is that they're dependent on another company. Because of this, I'll stand by Canon.

    Nikon and Canon are probably in a dead heat on the quality of their glass. The thing is, Nikon lenses seem to be priced more competitively than Canon glass.

    In terms of ease of use, I'd give Nikon the edge with its dedicated buttons for quick reset and other functions.

    All this considered, I'd go with Canon. Of course, one additional factor is the fact that several people I work with and some of my friends also use Canon systems - meaning we can share lenses and other equipment.

  • Matty Brown

    April 30, 2007 08:47 pm

    I have used a number of compacts and only found the Kodak, Olympus and Konica minolta to be a bit behind the rest. The canon's digic processor is awesome, but for most the Sony and Nikon are going to give equal results. I've also used panasonic camera's and loved them, especially the lens on the FZ 12x optical range.

    Now having moved to the DSLR and having researched for months prior to buying one, I don't think you can go wrong with either Nikon or Canon. I've compared real life results and often it is the lens more than anything that makes the difference. So who makes the better glass?

  • Charly

    April 30, 2007 08:27 pm

    Olympus, of course.
    Always great images. Menus and ergonomics are very well implemented in my opinion.
    Also is a manufacturer with a good quality-price rate. Their SLR 4/3 format, first livewiev SLR cameras, first implementing a sensor cleaning... The 330 body is so ugly, but the evolt e500 is for me one of the best consummer segment cameras at this moment. Sure that the 410 and 510 will be great also.

  • Hitesh Sawlani

    April 30, 2007 08:17 pm

    I like how Fuji seem to have more innovation in dslrs (in camera raw processing?!)... Nikon and Canon seem to be almost the same

  • Hitesh Sawlani

    April 30, 2007 08:10 pm

    Canon over Nikon because of low light performance (less grain.. even though ISO 1600 on the canon 400d is still horrible)

  • Michael Yurechko

    April 30, 2007 07:42 pm

    I personally think Canon is the best, that's just my opinion. I liked the selection of lenses, and good lenses at that, which is why I purchased a Canon as my first DSLR.

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