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Canon is once again winning the race

fgottlieb

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fgottlieb Registered since 01st Jun 2006
Tue 05-Sep-06 04:43 PM

Canon just announced the upgrade to their Digital Rebel DSLR called the Rebel XTi only days after Nikon's announcement of the D80.
Not only has 10 megapixels, but also has a Self Cleaning Sensor, an auto-off LCD when one places the eye on the viewfinder, a free RAW image editor and with an 18-55mm kit lens, it undersells Nikon for $400 @ $899 MSRP.

Whether the self cleaning sensor works or not, it probably does attract those new dslr buyers who are worried about sensor dust (although the reality is that if you are careful is not that big of a deal) if nothing else, for its marketing value. I believe that this offering provides a very interesting proposition for new DSLR buyers.
Interestingly enough, it also includes a RAW image editor and it takes CF cards (even though the people in this very forum think that CF cards will be obsolete soon).

I don't know what, if anything, is Nikon planning to do.

If I were a newbie and not commited to the set of lenses that I have, on paper I would say that Canon has won the race again by providing what is perceived to be a better value.

I just ordered my D80 from Ritz and according to them is being shipped today. One of the reasons why I chose Nikon is becasue you don't have to get the $1000 + lenses to get good quality glass, and you can buy old lenses that are still outstanding (Nikon 35-70mm f2.8D, 50mm 1.8D among others) where with Canon the selection is much more limited.

Don't get me wrong, I love Nikon and unless they really drop the ball I will never switch, but I must admit that if I was starting from scratch, I would probably lean toward Canon for its perceived greater value.

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