Both cameras should be OK for you but the lenses in the Nikon package could sway it to Nikon for me - especially the vibration reduction in the 55-200mm one which will help offset the effects of camera shake..
Both cameras are fine, though the D40x body is a bit better I feel..
I agree with Caster, the Nikon kit lens (18-55 I think) is generally regarded as better than the Canon - and the 55-200VR is a new lens, which has got very good reviews for it's low cost. It has VRII, the newer version. Less reach than the Canon, but much better I think..
Do they do a Nikon kit with the 70-300VR perhap?.
But anyway I would go for the Nikon. The SD card may well be a cheap brand but that is a minor issue..
I know Nikon and Canon are the most popular cameras. I suggest that you look at the OLY 510 2 lens kit. Its cheaper, has MUCH better kit glass and has image stabilization built into the camera. Below is an example I took at the US Open, under the lights at night, with the kit lens, cropped and reduced resolution for positing on the web..
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Olympus E-500, Olympus E-510..
I know Nikon and Canon are the most popular cameras. I suggest thatyou look at the OLY 510 2 lens kit. Its cheaper, has MUCH better kitglass and has image stabilization built into the camera. Below is anexample I took at the US Open, under the lights at night, with thekit lens, cropped and reduced resolution for positing on the web..
My baseline for prices comparisons is Beach Camera, which is within driving distance for me (and where I bought my first camera, a Canon AE-1 decades ago. The Olympus is the same price or more expensive, not less (all with basic kit lens). The Olympus looks cheaper than the Costco package because they are including a telephoto zoom and some other accessories..
Anyway, I was just at Costco yesterday and spotted these same two packages (and to answer the other questions, there are only these two, not even a D40 variant for the Nikon). I asked about the Canon's telephoto zoom including some form of image stabilzation, and they didn't know, and it doesn't seem to be the case. So, it's extra oomph on the zoom, but no stablization for the Canon. It is a case of if your shooting technique and subject matter would benefit more by the extra telephoto zoom of the Canon or the image stabilization of the Nikon telephoto..
Personally, the image stabilzation is more attractive to me, but at the same time, my experience with a Canon s3is is that six megapixels is all I really need, so I'm fine with the D40. I can get the D40 and the 70-300 VR Nikon lens for $935 from Beach (but then, I avoid shipping charges, but even those are nil if I'm not in a rush). That would get me the extra zoom of the Canon package, the image stablization of the Nikon package, but forego 10 MP for 6 MP, and all the doo-dads of the package. Or get the 55-200 VR lens and come in at $700..
Which is where I stand at the moment. Both the Costco packages are nice and competitive, but with their own advantages and drawbacks. I like the Nikon for having the better kit lens and my finances are such that getting the cheap kit lens really helps. Personally, I have one last option that I'm waiting on - a friend will get her employee discount available on tuesday from a Really Big Electronic chain store (allegedly their cost plus 5%, though what "their cost" is, I have no idea) - and then I'll be buying the next day (gotta have it for the end of the L.A. Auto show)...
I actually was looking at this myself.
I already have a Sony H1 for about 3 years now ... and I like it alotGreat zoom capabilities.
But I have been looking at this for the past month ... http://www.staples.com/...alogId=10051&productId=171238&cmArea=SEARCH.
Hmmmm ... Xmas present ? .
Http://www.pelonero.50megs.com ... H1http://www.myspace.com/stevestevestevesteve..
Costco has the D40 for $494.99Buydig and Beach Camera have it for $475.50,.
And Costco says that starting November 18, if you purchase a Nikon Digital SLR camera with lens kit plus a qualifying lens you will receive a $100 discount...
Costco has the D40 for $494.99Buydig and Beach Camera have it for $475.50,And Costco says that starting November 18, if you purchase a NikonDigital SLR camera with lens kit plus a qualifying lens you willreceive a $100 discount..
I was just at Costco and the d40x kit was listed at $849 ($949-$100 discount)...
CircuitCity has the D40 kit just for $522. You can find coupons online to lower the price more..
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I'd have to go with the Nikon kit for 3 reasons:1. The Nikon kit lens is much higher quality..
2. 55-200 is a more practical range on a crop-sensor camera than a 75-300 which leaves a big gap in short telephoto..
3. VR is a very useful feature. You'll get noticeably sharper pictures in many circumstances...
What a difference a day makes! $950 yesterday, and $850 today. Coupled with my friend telling me I can use her printer to do 13 x 19 prints, and that timely post about the price cut, I now have the Nikon D40x with the additional 55-200 VR lens. The accesory bag is kinda nice, too..
So, to the original poster - I was leaning towards the Nikon side of this deal anyway, but figured I could do a little better by going to Beach Camera. The price cut made it easy to skip the 1.5 hour round trip to Beach since Costco was around the corner. My money literally is on the Nikon...