What Camera Should I Buy? – Review Of Top 2 Brands Nikon vs. Canon

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It’s the Great Debate: Nikon or Canon?

Here we are. Eight or more years after first declaring that I NEEDED a quality camera, the search is on. The Mister has been more than supportive of me purchasing one. However, my frugal mentality (thanks, Mom) had me convinced that a simple digital camera would suffice. Furthermore, the advancement of technology in the cellular phone department made me think that I could rely solely on my Android’s camera.

Old Habits Die Hard

I suppose I could continue down the same path of fuzzy photos and never-close-enough distance shots, but I think I’m ready to forego a mortgage payment and purchase a camera. Just kidding! We won’t be delinquent on a mortgage payment. 🙂 However, if I don’t make this decision, chances are I never will. I’ve waited this long…

It’s Definitely Time

You see, what you may not know about me is that I have a passion for many things, one of which is photography. I love that our eyes are able to behold the splendid wonders and beauties of the world we live in. I love to take photos of nature, landscapes, animals, our kiddos, and more. Often times in the middle of taking some random photo, I’ll ‘see’ it with my eyes and what shows up on the screen of my given camera is not the same. It’s so very disappointing. I’ve always longed for quality snapshots to mimic what my own eyes can see.

Why I Could Never Decide

I’d get to the point of being ready to purchase a camera, even do the research. Then, I’d chicken out. One of two things would always scare me away. The price was always a factor, but more than that, I could never decide between Nikon or Canon. Both brands have excellent reviews. I’d have one chosen and then realize I didn’t know what kind of lenses I should be looking for. It was always one thing or another.

A Thorough Review Of Both Helped Me Choose One – FINALLY

I’ve been closer than ever in making a camera purchase. This time wasn’t any different from the rest. It’s just that now, the littles are getting bigger and I don’t want to miss out on any great photo opportunities as their lives progress. Also, with the start of my online business, I can perhaps use my own images in my blog posts. I put on my research hat and have thoroughly compared the two cameras side by side. Allow me to show you what I came up with.

My Ground Rules & Wish List

* Budget = $600 or less (Preferably less)

** More than one lens included

*** Comes With Dual Battery + charger

**** Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity

***** Tripod is included

****** Has quality telephoto lens

******* Boasts satisfactory reviews

Option 1 – Nikon

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—-> CHECK IT OUT!!

Things I Like

* Wi-Fi / GPS connectivity

* Full HD 1080p Video Recording

* 18-55mm VR & 70-300mm Lens

* 55mm 0.43x Wide Angle

* 55mm 2.2x Telephoto Lens

* 7-inch Spider Tripod

* Wireless Remote Control

* Additional Flash

* 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

* Bag Included

 

Things I Dislike

* Price ($629)

* No battery included ($26.99 for 2 batteries and charger)

Nikon Review Synopsis

Based on Amazon’s 23 reviews for this particular camera, it’s overall rating is 4.4 / 5 stars. That’s not terrible! After reading through the comments, I found a few things interesting. The majority feel this is a great DSLR camera for beginners and are satisfied with their purchase. 78% of the reviewers gave 5/5 stars. Of the few negative reviews, it seemed that some customers didn’t receive all of their items, so were unhappy thinking the picture showed more than they actually received.

 

Option 2 – Canon

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—-> CHECK IT OUT!!

Things I Like

* Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC

* Full HD 1080/30p Video Recording

* 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

* 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens

* 55mm 0.43x Wide Angle

* 500mm f/8 Telephoto Preset Lens

* Spider Tripod, Monopod, T-Mount

* Wireless Remote Control

* Additional Flash

* One Year Canon USA Warranty

* Bag + Battery / Charger Included

* Price ($589)

Things I Dislike

* No Wireless Remote Control

Canon Review Synopsis

Based on Amazon’s 22 reviews for this particular camera, it’s overall rating is 4.6 / 5 stars. That’s not terrible either! After reading through the comments, I found a few things interesting. The majority feel this is a great DSLR camera for beginners and are satisfied with their purchase. 77% of the reviewers gave 5/5 stars. One review mentioned it was a much better deal to purchase online than in a retail store. Also, a few reviews mentioned being able to watch YouTube videos for tips and tutorials! One review mentioned that the quality of the tripod wasn’t that great, and suggested purchasing a better one.

What To Do…

When the reviews are pretty comparable, how does one make up her mind? Nothing jumped out as red flags. Still stuck between a rock and a hard place? There’s good news; great, in fact! No matter which one you go with, I’m sure it’ll be perfect!

But Wait! There’s One More!

A monkey wrench! Whilst in Amazon and checking out the Canon I’ve reviewed above, I found a Canon option that is even better suited to my needs. You see, the telephoto lens is important to me, as we’re living in a wonderful place full of wildlife. I wanted to be able to capture large animals from afar. The one I chose was $10 more and offered a stronger telephoto lens. Therefore, the one I selected to purchase is…

—-> CHECK IT OUT!!

Does It Fulfill My Wishlist?

Yes! It’s offered more than I expected for the price. I was able to stay at my target price. The accessories were a nice addition and I am extremely pleased with my choice. Look out for several photos in the coming posts. I’m practicing and love all the options that I have with this new camera. My one regret is that I waited eight years to purchase a camera of this magnitude. However, if I had then, I’m sure I’d be ready for an upgrade, so it has all worked out in the end!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below. I’m also interested in hearing your take on Nikon vs. Canon. What have you found that works for you?

 

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18 thoughts on “What Camera Should I Buy? – Review Of Top 2 Brands Nikon vs. Canon”

  1. Shashwat .Prakash says:

    Hey

    That’s a very detailed and interesting comparison of the Nikon D5300 and the Rebel T7. I prefer the Nikon mostly because I have been using the nikon series for a few years now and I can honestly say that the color rendiiton of nikon is much better than the canon, atleast in the entry level cameras. I needed to read something like this because I am probably going to buy another entry level camera, as a backup for my full frame. Thanks for the review.

    1. admin says:

      It definitely comes down to preference,  doesn’t it?  Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your Nikon!  Best of luck in your search for a new backup camera!  Maybe this review helped?  🙂  

  2. Tracy says:

    Just like you, my hubby has been in this situation of not being able to decide the camera to get between the two top brands. They are both exceptional and great at the quality they provide. Though his budget is 500$ but then, having come across this post, I will suggest this to him and hopefully, he would up his budget so he can buy exactly the type that you got. Looking at the juxtaposition done between the two camera examples, there’s no much difference in quality other than their subordinates. Great post

    1. admin says:

      Hi, Tracy!

      Thanks for commenting!  I would definitely encourage your hubby to consider these options. I don’t know what else he’s looking at for options, but I’d certainly check these out. Best of luck to you and him as he narrows his search!  

  3. Henderson says:

    This debate, I have also had it a couple of times with myself. The big problem is that both are leading cameras and are rated high in the market like you explained. My dad uses Nikon but I loved the lens that cane with canon better. For me, I beleiev it all boils down to preference. What you want will determine which to pick. So creating a list of preference like you did can be a very good guideline and that is exactly what I’ll do when next on buying a camera. Like you, I love photography and I just do it for fun. I look forward to seeing your work.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for weighing in!  You’re right… both brands are top notch. That’s why it was always so difficult for me to decide. I’m not a professional by any means, but I think the Canon will suit my needs perfectly for now!  

  4. Monalisha says:

    Hi.

    Thank you so much for your review of top 2 brands Nikon vs. Canon. I think your post will help many people to decide which one is best for them. You have shared your personal experience and provided honest review of Nikon vs. Canon and compare them nicely. I think who are suffering in conciseness will get their answer through your post. I was thinking to buy one camera for my son because he is very much interested in photography. Now, I can choose the best one for my son. Your post able me to learn many unknown information about camera that I never knew before.

    Thank you so much for sharing this post. I will definitely share your post to others.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for commenting and sharing!  I have, as you know, spent years on making this decision. I’m so happy that the wait is over and I can begin using this great camera!  Good luck to your son as he experiences the best camera for him!  

  5. Carmen says:

    It took you 8 years to decide you lol; is a very good and well documented review; I would also choose Canon; I have a video camera and camera for many years and I am extremely satisfied. I want you to master it healthy and see your own photos on the blog..

    All the best to you

    Carmen

    1. admin says:

      Hi Carmen!

      Thanks so much for the review and words of encouragement!  I’m going to be practicing as often as I can. My goal is to certainly be able to use my own imagery for content. 2 cheers for Canon!!  🙂

  6. Melinda Curle says:

    So, it seems like there are two things that you dislike about the Nikon and only one that you dislike about the Canon. So, if I were making the decision, I would have to go with the Canon. $600 for a camera is pretty steep for my budget. However, one thing that I had never heard of was a telephoto lens. I love wildlife pictures and maybe getting one of those would be helpful. I can’t seem to capture wildlife very well with my iphone. 

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Melinda!  It is a nice chunk of money, but I’ve been wanting one for so long and saving. I’m excited about the telephoto lens for sure!

  7. Ron Mendoza says:

    This was the same debate my friend, and I was having just a couple of months ago. Wish I found your review a lot sooner so we could’ve had more insight, but things turned out pretty well.

    She wanted to get her first camera but can’t choose between Canon and Nikkon.  While she didn’t buy online, she did plenty of research by reading product reviews on the internet and eventually decided to go with an M50. Her reason?  She can use the lens from a DLSR camera as long as there’s an adapter.  I guess it’s more about what she can do with it as she becomes more adept in photography.

    1. admin says:

      Hi, Ron!  I’m glad your friend found something that works for her!  I’m loving my choice, too!  🙂

  8. Raivis says:

    Hi there, thank you for picking three cameras to go with. I know the pain of extended deliberation about what and when to buy. After smartphone cameras developed so fast I am confused would it be worth it to buy the additional camera. I used my old camera to photo all sorts of things, but then it somehow went away. In the back of my mind, I still want a camera and will find time to practice and shoot.  These three will be the first ones to look at, thank you. One thing that I am not familiar with is the learning curve of improving pictures. Do I need photoshop, it does cost to buy one and learn. Another thing that I am thinking about is a GoPro camera. It might sound silly, that my choices spread from iphone, cannon, nikon, go pro. It might be like comparing apples and oranges, but still, what are the killer features in Nicon and Cannon, that both the latest smartphone camera or GoPro does not have? Thanks in advance. 

    1. admin says:

      Hey. Raivis!  Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t make any real statements regarding Photoshop. There are expenses with that for sure. I’ve heard good things, but I have heard good things!  The same is true about a gopro!  Best of luck in your search!

  9. Linda says:

    I can relate to your camera dilemma. I purchased my first low-end digital camera close to a decade ago and it’s been overdue for an upgrade for a long time. I’ve always disliked the fact that is doesn’t have a telephoto lens and the zoom capabilities leave much to be desired. You see, I’m a hiker and my shots of wildlife in the distance are never as distinct as I would like them to be.

    As a blogger myself, I’m also eager to try creating my own images rather than using stock photos. So, it’s time to take the plunge. I like the looks of Canon because it has everything I expect to need. I think it’s a little deceptive of Nikon not to include something as basic as a battery/charger in their package.

    Once again, thanks for the helpful info!

    1. admin says:

      Hey, Linda!

      Thanks for stopping by!  I’m thoroughly enjoying the telephoto lens! You’ll love it too!  Best of luck to you in your blogging journey!  Cheers!! 🙂

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