Canon and Nikon, the photography world’s Hatfields and McCoys, have both recently released new DSLRs and compact manuals. While all of them are certainly excellent cameras, they’re clearly gunning for each other and a quick perusal of all their specs seems in order.
The contenders are the Nikon D7000, released just a few minutes ago, the Canon 60D, released last week, the Nikon P7000, also released last week, and the Canon G12, released the day before yesterday. As you can see, it really is a fresh crop of photographic equipment; let’s see what these devices’ numbers look like next to each other.
Canon 60D vs. Nikon D7000
DSLRs first. The numbers, please…
No decisive winner here, but I think the D7000 is really looking pretty good. Its superior ISO range and AF system mean that it’s better suited for all-purpose photography; the megapixel difference is negligible. The video modes are comparable, and while I’d like more frame rate options on both cameras, I actually prefer the limitations on the D7000 to those on the 60D. Of course, the 60D has a better LCD in both resolution and usability, so there’s that, but consider that the D7000 has a far better body — weather sealing and a partial Magnesium alloy shell are a huge win at this price point.
Winner: Nikon D7000 (decision)
Canon G12 vs. Nikon P7000
Now for the compact manuals. Canon’s G series has historically been the go-to item for this category.
That’s a knockout, sports fans. The P7000 beats the G12 on practically every stat, at the same price, and try as I might, I could not find a serious reason to buy the Canon over the Nikon. Is Canon getting lazy? (Update: The G12′s ISO is expandable to 12800, putting it more or less on equal footing there, though Nikon gets up to 6400 without boosting.)
Winner: Nikon P7000 (KO)
Keep in mind, of course, that these are all great cameras, and of course one or the other might just work better for you, so try to get your hands on one before you buy. But when the prices are so close (or identical) it’s important to do a little window shopping.There’s also competition at the $700-$800 level, but I think the Canon T2i is a pretty clear winner there for now. Another situation that’s evolving is the micro four thirds other EVIL system cameras. These, I think, are still young, and need a little time to mature before they’re worth investing in.
It’s also worth mentioning that I’m a Canon guy, so don’t even try accusing me of Nikon bias. They’re just whupping Canon with these particular devices.