I'm in a tricky situation, a girl I know is planning on investing in a DSLR, but is undecided on which one.
As I Nikon user, I would be proud to see her join us - of course. And even more, since most of the DSLRs here on the Faroe Islands are Canon.
She has a very limited budget, so I advised her to have a look at the D40, since I, myself had one before I got my D90.
But somehow she got tempted and mislead and ended up comprising the Nikon D40 with the Canon 1000d.
So I want to ask you, does the D40 stand a chance against the 1000d ?
I read some tests and it seemed like the Nikon got whipped.
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#1. "RE: D40 vs Canon 1000d" | In response to Reply # 0mtpenmaker Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Tue 23-Dec-08 02:04 PM | edited Tue 23-Dec-08 02:07 PM by mtpenmaker
It would be more reasonable to compare the D60 to the Canon since at least they have the same megapixels. If she has a very limited budget why is someone steering her toward a more expensive camera?
But, she needs to compare the ergonomics of the two cameras. One of them will feel better in her hands than the other. She will like how the controls are laid out better on one than the other. Both cameras are capable of high quality images when used with good glass, so the most important aspect is how does the camera feel when she uses it.
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#2. "RE: D40 vs Canon 1000d" | In response to Reply # 1
#3. "RE: D40 vs Canon 1000d" | In response to Reply # 2mtpenmaker Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Wed 24-Dec-08 06:51 PM
Since they are about the same price, she needs to decide based on ergonomics. One of them will feel better in her hands than the other and that is what she should buy. Your feelings about it are immaterial. Both cameras are capable of taking very good photos so just let her choose. Since she is on a limited budget, injecting your personal bias into this can be pretty dangerous.
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#4. "RE: D40 vs Canon 1000d" | In response to Reply # 0
No contest. Tell her to get the d40. Easy, done. The d40 is a great camera. It's a classic. It has depth and legs and comes with a superb lens. More megapixels don't necessarily make a better camera. Usually it makes a less light sensitive camera all other things being equal. And besides, she doesn't need more megapixels unless she is determined to pay for poster size prints all the time, and even then the d40 will be just fine. And if almost everyone there has a Canon, even more reason to get the Nikon. And sure, have her try each one out. The d40 looks better, feels better, behaves better, and takes better pictures. What a deal!!!!
#5. "RE: D40 vs Canon 1000d" | In response to Reply # 4alembicbassman Registered since 30th Oct 2004Thu 25-Dec-08 10:26 AM
In the UK the D40 is a lot less expensive than the 1000D.
The 1000D does come with more megapixels and an image stabilised lens.
The D60 and 1000D compete with eachother, the D40 is one step down.
The 1000D has more image parameters to adjust, more AF points, live wiew LCD (which by all accounts is useless for most photographic situations due to very slow AF)
The D40 is much simpler to use out of the box, I've found the Canons take a while to set up before you can get the same results.
The D40/D60 is more comfortable in the hand than the Canon.
Nikon's mid range lenses are better than the mid range Canon EF lenses.
If I had the choice I'd get a D60 with the 18-55mm VR lens. The extra money over the D40 is worth the extra features.
VR lens, In Camera RAW conversion, D-Lighting, Manual Focus rangefinder display etc...
#6. "RE: D40 vs Canon 1000d" | In response to Reply # 5madavakannan Registered since 30th Dec 2008Tue 30-Dec-08 01:16 PM
Surprised to see the D40 take over the 1000D.
I am a Nikonian (D40) here to share my view on D60.
Please consider the smaller sensor - bigger MP before deciding on D60.
and, the included VR lens for 18-55mm may not mean much. I doubt if we will need VR for this focal range???
as your friend is on budget, if D40 is better than 1000D (as fellow Nikonians suggest), you wont go wrong with D40.