It is indeed reassuring that you are a Nikonian, Richard. Due to my abiding respect and surpassing loyalty to the Nikon brand and this community, I get really really sensitive when Canon rears its ugly head here. There, I am getting over my fear of the "C" word. Let me say it again, Canon, Canoon, Caaaanooooon. Whew, that is hard for me. I'll practice it some more later.
If, indeed, you, as a real Nikonian are honestly seeking a true opinion, then you deserve to have one. From looking at the Canon myself there were several very specific things I saw.
1. The Canon, being a 100 ISO minimum has a very slightly lesser level of noise in the lowest ISO setting. (Since the D100 is a 200 ISO). But the Nikon wins in maximum ISO range, with its incredible 3200 and 6400 ISO settings. You can shoot in the dark with the Nikon. You have to have at least a candle to use the Canon.
2. Everything I have read tells me that the D100 blows the Canon away in low-light autofocus. Plus, it seems that the normal autofocus is faster and more capable.
3. The D100 has RAW, TIFF, and JPEG. The Canon only has RAW and JPEG. The Canon has no compressed RAW mode. The Nikon has both compressed and uncompressed RAW modes.
4. The Canon's EV range is 0.5 to 18. The D100's EV range is 0 to 21.
5. The Canon has 3 autofocus sensors. The D100 has 5 autofocus sensors.
6. The Canon has an ISO range of 100 to 1000. The Nikon has an ISO range of 200 to 6500.
7. The Canon has NO white balance bracketing. The Nikon does. (IMPORTANT)
8. Canon has NO real spot meter. Instead it has: "Partial metering at center (approx. 9.5% of viewfinder)." Nikon has a real 4.5 degree spot meter.
9. The D60 weighs 855 grams. The D100 weighs 700 grams.
10. The Canon has a 114,000 pixels LCD. The Nikon has a 118,000 pixel LCD.
11. The Canon costs $2,200.00 USD. The Nikon costs $1,995.00 USD.
12. The Canon does NOT have LCD GRID lines in the display. The Nikon has the really really cool LCD GRID LINES.
13. I cannot find any reference to an "Adobe RGB (1998)" mode in the Canon literature. The Nikon has that mode. The Adobe RGB mode is such an important feature to those that are going to make a print from their images! It has a much wider gamut of colors than the normal sRGB mode. Also the Nikon has what I call Velvia mode (sRGB mode III - Super green and blue saturation). Canon has sRGB and I can't find any reference to any other modes. So, Nikon has three color modes, Mode I sRGB, Mode II Adobe RGB, Mode III sRGB Deep Color. The Canon seems to have only sRGB. I am not 100% sure of this, but it would seem to be a BIG advertising point, if they had it.
14. AND FINALLY ---- (drum roll) --- The D100 has a NIKON F MOUNT! YAY! YAY! YAY! (fireworks exploding!) You can mount your NIKKOR lenses on your camera. WHAT AN IDEA!!!!! Try THAT on the D60!
Listen guys, if you are not convinced about Nikon, then I suggest you go buy a Canon. Come back here when you are convinced! If you are convinced about Nikon..we love you here! We are, as always:
This discussion is over for now. I am locking this thread. Call me a meanie if you will, but I am a Nikonian, and I do not want to have the Canon name bantered about in our D1/D100 forum. I am convinced that Nikon is SPECIAL, and that they are worthy of our loyalty. I have found Nikon cameras to be far superior in look, feel, and reliability. Canon cameras are nice.