Originally Posted by Dragicon
this is laughable... please explain to me what it leads nikon in? The only thing I can think of is 60fps in video and swivel screens....
If you want better image quality -> Nikon
If you want better autofocus -> Nikon
If you want a swivel screen -> Canon
If you want 60 fps in video -> Canon
Nikon makes the highest MP camera, D3x... Nikon makes the best high ISO camera, D3s.... Nikon has a lot of the functions of the D3 in its two smaller bodies (D700 and D300 (which includes the same autofocus)).... There are many things nikon cameras have have had as far as functions that are JUST starting to be put in canon cameras (time lapse, auto-iso in manual mode, multiple exposures, virtual horizon inside the viewfinder, etc)...
Nikon has had a huge advantage over canon with gadgets, functionality, ergo, settings, and ease of use, while canon kept upping their MP. The sad thing for nikon is that their new cameras dont seem to be very inovative, while canon has caught up to them with the functionality, nikon hasnt been doing much to stay in front. It is a back and forth battle, and I am sure canon will do things in the next couple years to put them ahead of nikon.... and in a couple more years nikon will go ahead again.
What you speak of is 99% personal opinion.
But if we are going to toss out personal opinions...
If you want a better lenses -> Canon
If you want to use pro lenses on your cheap body -> Canon (not so much an opinion as it is fact)
Image quality is for sure personal opinion. Both Nikon and Canons internal processing creates a look that is pretty specific. I can tell if a photo was shot with a Nikon or a Canon... and neither suck. I can say that right now I am more amused with how the Nikon looks (just because I have been shooting Canon for years and something new intrigues me).
Autofocus, Canon stepped the game up (finally). The 7D/T2i has gone leaps and bounds above what Canon was using. The AF on my 7D makes my 5D seem like a fisher price camera. The 7D feels right on par with all the newer Nikon stuff I have played with. It was a shame Canon crippled the 5D M2 with the old ass AF system.
It is true that Canon has better video stuff. But IIRC you can get flappy screens on Nikons too... and actually I think Nikon offered it first.
I guess my point is you can't go wrong with either at this point in the game. I went with Canon back in 2003 because at the time Canon was well ahead of Nikon... especially in terms if IQ and low light performance. Nikon has fixed those downfalls, and Canon has fixed the downfalls they had.
The only reason I stick with Canon is because all my L glass. I love my L glass and wouldnt trade it for anything.