A few weeks ago, I emailed my readers and pleaded for some camera advice. My dilemma was this: I’m a longtime Canon user but my daughter chose Nikon when she bought her first DSLR last year. We want to share lenses, so the question became who should “switch teams” so that we can be on the same camera platform? Do we pick Canon or Nikon?
Here are the results in pretty chart format, but be sure to read my short analysis below it.
Canon? Nikon? Yeah it really doesn’t matter.
As you can see from the chart, Canon enjoys a slight lead over Nikon, but I can’t tell you why. I hoped the free-form comments from my survey participants would shed light on this, but for every comment I had saying Canon has better bodies, lenses, ergonomics, accessories, support, or more intuitive menu systems, I had one saying the same thing about Nikon.
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Nikon has a lead over Canon for equally unknowable reasons. They’re both awesome apparently.
Here’s what the data suggest to me: if you’re in the market for a first rate DSLR camera, your best option will likely be a Canon or a Nikon. But don’t just flip a coin. Go to a camera store and see which one feels or even smells better. Then pick one, and never look back.
A better question: DSLR or Mirrorless?
This was the unexpected take-away from my little survey. While the Sony and Olympus crowds were comparatively small, they were a passionate lot, regaling tales of glory all thanks to their new-fangled mirrorless cameras of tomorrow. I’m not saying I’m ready to run out and buy one — I’m not — but I am now highly interested in understanding how the mirrorless camera experience compares with that of the venerable DSLR.
Until I know more about mirrorless cameras, I’m going to postpone my decision on the original Canon-vs-Nikon dilemma.
Do you have any firsthand experience on DSLR vs mirrorless? If so, do tell…