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Nikon 40x or Canon 400D?
Hello everyone, I've been a lurker on this site for a while now, so here's my first post..

I'm looking to purchase my first DLSR - I currently use a 3 year old Cybershot - it takes good pictures, but I want to move onto having a lot more control over my photography..

My budget means that I'm looking at either the Nikon 40x, or the Canon 400d, but I can't really decide between the two - I think it may simply come down to ergonomics - which one feels better. That aside, have any of you faced this choice before? If so, how did you make your decision? Was it a technical choice with the body, performance, lens choice? No matter how daft it may seem , sometimes the simplest information can be the deciding factor!.

In terms of the photography I'm interested in, I prefer to shoot outside, landscapes, nature - basically I am not planning on any portrait work, apart from the odd photo here and there and social events. I did consider the Nikon 40, but decided that I'd rather have the option of a larger sesor (10.1 mp vs 6.1)..

If I find that I really enjoy the direction a DSLR takes me, then I have the option to upgrade..

Thanks for all your help!:t:..

Comments (9)

You do have to handle both cameras to see which suits you better..

Viewfinder, handling, weight, size, those things matter and you want to feel comfortable with the gear you handle.Both cameras can give more than most people' s talent lets them produce.Just make sure you buy decent lenses...

Comment #1

As you've probably seen, this site calls it a draw. On that basis the feel of the camera in your hands, and whether you can find all the buttons / controls easily, is an important factor. Many people have sais that they find the Canon 'plasticky'; others don't like the fact that essential controls on the Nikon are hidden deep in menus rather than having dedicated buttons. Like it says on dpreview, a toss-up..

A couple of points about lenses....

1. The Nikon kit lens is reckoned to be significantly better in terms of optical quality than the Canon one. This will not matter if you plan to get other lenses, but if you plan to stick with the 18-55 for a while it might be an issue. You can see detailed reviews athttp://www.photozone.de..

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/canon_1855_3556/index.htmhttp://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/nikkor_1855_3556/index.htm.

2. On the other hand... the Nikon D40/D40x do not have an in-body autofocus motor, so will only autofocus with those newer lenses that have a motor in the lens itself. The Nikon lenses that have this are designated AF-S; others will work but only with manual focussing. Sigma also make several of their more popular lenses with a motor specifically for the Nikon D40/D40x. Unless you want something very esoteric availability of lenses should not be an issue - just be aware..

My choice out of these would be the Canon, but body-only and with a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 lens. Since that was above my price range when I was looking, I went for a Pentax K100D instead (very good standard lens and in-body image stabilisation which works with all lenses)..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

Well you need to go to a store and check both out. If you did then do it again until you have decided. If you make the wrong choice you won't be able to put the blame on others. Here is the best way of using a Canon..

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Comment #3

I would much prefer the Canon, for it's additional focus points, and for the fact that it will take a wider variety of lenses. (The Nikon D40 and D40X only take some but not all of the Nikon lens range.).

The battery grip changes the feel of the 400D a lot; to me it's much nicer, although there was nothing wrong without it, either..

BAK..

Comment #4

Tapirs wrote:.

My budget means that I'm looking at either the Nikon 40x, or theCanon 400d, but I can't really decide between the two - I think it.

You'll get similar shots from either camera, so in the end it really doesn't matter which one you choose..

May simply come down to ergonomics - which one feels better. Thataside, have any of you faced this choice before? If so, how did youmake your decision? Was it a technical choice with the body,performance, lens choice? No matter how daft it may seem , sometimesthe simplest information can be the deciding factor!.

In terms of the photography I'm interested in, I prefer to shootoutside, landscapes, nature - basically I am not planning on anyportrait work, apart from the odd photo here and there and socialevents. I did consider the Nikon 40, but decided that I'd ratherhave the option of a larger sesor (10.1 mp vs 6.1)..

If you shoot a lot of landscapes, the 6MP body will be superior to either 10MP body because you'll be able to get a greater depth of field without having diffraction make your pictures unsharp. So, if landscapes are a primary use, then consider the D40 and equivalent 6MP Rebel..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #5

I own Xti and before buy, I tried D40X and D40 too.I must say that Xti is really good "inside" I think better over D40/x too..

But the body... a bit crappier than D40/x, and too small and tinny grip. shutter button is "too close". not so comfortable. but I still like it.Why does he do it?..

Comment #6

Crashpc wrote:.

I own Xti and before buy, I tried D40X and D40 too.I must say that Xti is really good "inside" I think better over D40/x.

What makes you "think" this? They're very comparable cameras, though Nikon has tended to put better lenses on it's kits than Canon body-wise there's really not enough difference for a photographer to not be able to get excellent results with either one..

If you were to look at random pictures from any of the three one after another, I would bet money that you couldn't tell what picture was taken with even the 6MP vs. 10MP body at 8x10..

This is why we should resist the urge to champion a particular brand- the results will be roughly the same no matter which brand is chosen- lenses make more difference than bodies, photographers make more difference than bodies..

Too.But the body... a bit crappier than D40/x, and too small and tinnygrip. shutter button is "too close". not so comfortable. but I stilllike it..

I can spend an hour or so watching a particular subject to get a good shot- ergonomics to me are important. If you're just pulling out the camera to take a snapshot every once in a while, they may not be as important. Everyone must decide what properties are important to them, but when everything important is equal, then less important criteria are worth evaluating..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #7

My personal opinions. I like canons camera software/firmware. intuitive, fast, good.....

I must say that body construction is more important than other things (when comparamble....) but it's hard to make decision in shop. I tried my 400D for about 15min in the shop, and odher cameras a bit less time. It was great for me and I took 400D. Now, when I have 400D full one hour in my hands, I feel something I couldn't in the "shop test". Not bad, but..... next time I will go for Pro body anyway.Why does he do it?..

Comment #8

The D40x and the XTi are very similar overall. You get slightly better features with the Canon, but the Nikon (and it's lenses) are less expensive..

If money weren't an issue for me, I would've gotten the XTi. That said, I love my D40x and don't regret my decision to save a couple hundred bucks by going that route. You can't go wrong either way, so it's going to boil down to personal preference. Go to your local camera store and try them both out to see which one you like more...

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