The debate whether Canon cameras work better or Nikon cameras has been going on for many years now and the discussion is never ending. Be it the simple digital cameras or the professional DSLRs, comparisons between the two top brands of the world are natural. So for all of you out there who wish to purchase a camera and are confused between the two companies, here’s a comprehensive comparison based on main camera features:
Handling is one factor which will help you decide which camera is better. There are very subtle differences between the handling of Canon and Nikon cameras. Canon has a large quick control dial whereas Nikon has two command dials. Everything from mounting, focusing, exposure compensation and zooming on Nikon cameras is opposite Canon’s. Handling is rated similar for both companies.
Canon was the first company to produce a DSLR with full HD video recording capabilities. Nikon followed soon but Canon remains the better video quality camera producer, thanks to its focus tracking system, STM or stepping motor lenses and smooth autofocus.
The hybrid autofocus is one of the major factors affecting the camera choice. The hybrid autofocus system of Canon combines both the Phase detection AF and contract detection Live View AF. Canon offers such a hybrid system to almost all its cameras whereas Nikon offers it only in its Nikon 1 series compact system cameras. This one too goes to Canon.
Vari angle touchscreen LCD makes it easier for photographers to frame their shots and improves handling. A touchscreen increases the convenience by a lot and Canon is the first company to introduce it to DSLRs. Nikon is yet to introduce touchscreen LCDs in its DSLR range and hence loses to Canon.
High megapixel sensor
Nikon’s D800 is a full frame DSLR offering the highest 36.3 megapixel sensor to the market. Canon’s highest sensor is way too below this mark and hence Nikon definitely rules this category. At the moment, there are plenty of speculations that Canon too is building a high megapixel sensor to match that of Nikon but there is no concrete evidence about the same.
No anti-aliasing filter
Nikon offers better quality anti-aliasing filters to its DSLR cameras as compared to Canon and hence sweeps this category quite easily.
If you compare all these points, then we might say that Canon holds an edge to Nikon.