Nikon D80 or Canon 450D?

I am saving for getting myself DSLR cam and I dont have so much for something bigger - pity Nikon D80 are stopped from production and there are limited of them on the shops (although its a realy good cam no matter its older then D90 and I can afford D80 right now) the bad thing is that everyone now tries to get D80 cheap since D90 popped up - and I doubt there will be any D80 here in the shops soon ...

and same time last week I holded Canon 450D in my hands too and I found out its very comfortable to photograph with it and making photos with it its pleasure too and its a good cam as D80 too though the Nikon has little bit advantages - for now I have Panasonic Lumix FZ8 and I love it even more then you can imagine - but its not DSLR :)

should I get D80 if there are still any - or to wait a bit and get Canon?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I recommend to anyone seriously contemplating the purchase of a new digital SLR camera to consider these two primary questions:

    1. How much money do you have to spend???? $500.? $800.? $1,500.?

    2. What level of photography do you aspire to "progress to" in the coming years ? (i.e. basic beginner, intermediate, or professional/business use).

    For most beginners to intermediates I usually suggest one of these two manufacturers: Canon vs Nikon

    1. Canon EOS Rebel model XSi. (Also known as the Canon 450D in Britain) The "kit" package comes with an 18-55mm zoom lens. The camera has pop-up flash, 12.2 Megapixels, and shutter speeds up to 1/4000th, 100-1,600 ISO sensitivity, 7 auto exposure Scene modes, PLUS Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Programmed Exposure Modes and Manual. It also has a 3 inch LCD screen, 3.5 frames continuous per second max., 9 point AF system, Live View Functioning and the ability to record photos in 3, 6 or 12 Megapixels PLUS numerous other great features found only on more expensive cameras. Wal-Mart is also selling them now for about $799. Sam's Club also has them for $729. I also think that Amazon dot com has them for around $650.

    I bought one of these 6 months ago and use it as my "back up" camera. I absolutely love it. I have gotten some fantastic photos with it and cannot praise it enough. I routinely enlarge my photos to make 8x10's and 11x14 size enlargements with no noticeable distortion or loss of detail in the pictures.

    2. Nikon D-90: If you prefer to use Nikon equipment I strongly recommend the Nikon D-90 which has 12.3 Megapixels, 3 inch monitor with Live View, 200-3,200 ISO sensitivity, 11 point AF system with Face Priority, 4.5 frames per second in continuous mode, 5 advanced Scene modes for auto exposure plus Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Programmed Auto plus Manual. The D-90 sells for around $900-950. (Body ONLY. The 18-55mm lens cost an additional $150.-175.) Typically, Nikon equipment is slightly more expensive than Canon equipment, but (having owned both Nikon and Canon cameras), I have seldom noticed BETTER quality results using Nikon equipment.

    You might also consider the Nikon D-40 ($499) kit that comes with the 18-55mm lens. Another great choice is the Nikon D-60 kit ($649) which also comes with the 18-55mm lens. All of these Nikon's can be found at Best Buy or Amazon dot com for a very low price.

    These selections are probably the best choices for any beginner to intermediate skill level, offering the most lenses and other accessories, dealers and places to purchase.

    I strongly recommend that ALL beginners buy a good book on digital photography AND take a class or two from a Vocational school or Community Education Center in your area.

    You can learn more about the technical specifications of each of these two cameras at these websites:

    Good Luck

    Source(s): 30 years of semi-professional photography using Nikon and Canon equipment.
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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a review of the D60 compared with the D80:

    And here's a D80 review:

    Here are some picture taken with the Nikon D80 on Flickr:

    I personally would suggest the D80, because the lens build is far superior, and it's Nikon's best and most popular. The only Canon that tops this is the 400D, or the Rebel XTi, which is a lot better than the 350D. So go ahead and get the D80! You won't regret it :)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would get a canon all the time I have the 350D and absolutely adore it. There is no way that I would now go out and buy a nikon I don't personally feel that they are as good a build quality as the Nikon and I also think that they have more useability hope this helps!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I own the 450D...aka XSi

    and I love it!!! it's a great entry level DSLR and great quality

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the are both good, goto and do a comparasion and factor in price et cetera

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