Canon vs Nikon is a question many photographers have struggled with, both new and old. How do you know which camera system is best? Of course, what matters most is not the camera but the creative eye behind it; that said, Canon and Nikon cameras each have some technological advantages they can offer photographers depending on what it is you like to shoot. Read on, as we attempt to answer the impossible question: Canon or Nikon? We know Sony makes great cameras. And Fuji. Olympus too. Pentax. Panasonic. We’re not doubting their offerings in this post at all. In fact, most of us here at Camera Jabber shoot with those brands. But the fact is that Canon and Nikon are giants in the camera industry, and the vast majority of photographers shoot with their DSLRs and lenses, flash systems and accessories. And they have done so for years. What’s more, most beginner photographers looking to make the jump up to a more serious camera typically consider Canon vs Nikon before the other great brands out there. We’re not saying it’s right! It’s just how it is. It’s the result of remaining a strong brand over many, many years; but also, it’s the fact that Canon and Nikon do offer some of the best cameras and lenses on the market. So with that in mind, we’re here to help you choose when considering the Canon or Nikon system. And rest assured that whichever brand you choose, you are investing your money in a quality brand supported by well-built products and a strong support system that caters for everyone from beginner photographers to professionals. While some photographers may switch systems, jumping from Canon to Nikon or Nikon to Canon (and sometimes back again!), here in the real world most of us can afford to do this only once. We buy our camera body and accumulate a few lenses, and then we’re locked into that system for years, often decades. But that doesn’t mean we can’t peer through the keyhole and see what the other side is doing every now and then as the two companies joust endlessly to leapfrog one another in technology. Or perhaps you already know have a Canon or Nikon camera? In which case, you might want some more specific information from some of our other camera buyers’ guides:
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- Nikon closed the gap with the D850, but the 50-megapixel sensor in the Canon EOS 5DS / R still reigns supreme. Advantage Canon.
Vari-angle touchscreen LCD
- Canon was the first of the two to add touchscreen functionality, and it is more pervasive through its range than Nikon. Canon wins!
No anti-aliasing filter
- Nikon has pioneered the trend toward no low-pass filters and makes it available throughout its DSLR range. Nikon wins!
- Despite the Nikon D850’s fantastic AF, it still doesn’t match any recent Canon SLR for AF in Live View mode (or a decent CSC, for that matter). Canon is the best choice, for now.
- Both manufacturers now offer 4K video recording in their high-end DSLRs, but Canon probably has the edge in AF and also offers a range of dedicated cinema lenses.Advantage Canon. But Nikon isn’t far behind.
Body Design & Handling
- The big difference in design falls in the mid-range and high-end DSLRs. Canon and Nikon DSLR designs are equal in quality and ease of use.