Which of the 2 groups do you favor to pick on? Canonians-Nikonians?Just choose. LOL.
Of course, you could read the extended reviews of this site and make up your mind. Both are at the same level, if you ask me. Just choose the one that fits best in your hands in a shop..
I agree, if after you read all the technical stuff, and you think either one will do you right, then a trip to the store to play with them and hold them would make things a lot clearer as to which one is for you..
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I bought an XT well before the D40 was introduced, and chose Canon over Nikon at the time because one or my partners uses a Canon and se share equipment..
That said... to me, the big advantages of the XT NOW that the D40 has been introduced is that the Canon has seven autofocus points and there are "only" three in the Nikon. Plus, the Nikon has a somewhate narrrowed range of lenses because they need built-in autoffocus moters. But Nikon make lots of these lenses, so whileyour choice is somewhat limited, you still have lots to pick from..
Ericbertrand: you shouls try personally, what fits to you. Read the parametters of D40 and 350D/400D and see what you need..
Again - In our country, 400D is about 40USD expensivier than 350D so if you have no spetial reason for 350D, go for 400D.Why does he do it?..
Either is a fine piece of gear..
I'm dubious of the lack of a focus motor in the Nikon. While lenses with built in motors are plentiful in the new market - used is a different matter..
I'd suggest deciding which family affords you the set of lenses you want within your budget, and let that drive your decision on a body...
I have owned both as well, I had the XT first and was a little worried about the difference in autofocus points when switching to Nikon. after the switch I dont regret it at all..for a starter DSLR, the lens' should really be an issue, there is still a variety of lens and the D40 is a great camera. having said that, when it comes to cropping images, perhaps the XT is a little better having the 8mp sensor, but I haven't really had a problem, so either is a great camera, I loved both, my suggestion, hold them both and take some shots, see what feels better for you, you will not be dissapointed by either, you will also notice the nikon has a nicer shutter sound, not as harsh and clickety as the nikon! hah....
Canon is better on DR and noise at high ISO - AND cheaper..