Canon 60D versus Nikon D5100
May 14, 2012 12:16 AM Subscribe
Another newbie dSLR question: First time buyer trying to decide between a Canon 60D versus Nikon D5100. I hope you guys aren't getting annoyed with these yet.
posted by midmarch snowman to shopping (12 answers total)
While the Canon 60D and Nikon D5100 are not normally in the same product class they've approached similar price points for the body only (760 for the Canon mid level and 600 for the Nikon upper entry level) that its making the choice difficult for my first dSLR.
I have spent the last week cruising dpreview.com, cnet, AskMeFi and DxOMark.com and have held both of them in my hand. From what I understand, here are some relative pros and cons:
Canon: Better for video, better feel and layout, older, less powerful sensor, marginally more high ISO noise, heavier.
Nikon: More powerful sensor, newer, built in intervalometer, better live view auto-focusing, lighter, other clever features like 'night vision' 128k ISO setting and built in HDR, but clunky video, poor control layout, more time in menus, advantage in sensor largely disappears in JPEG format.
My use? I am most interested in portraiture, low light photography of night life, travel photography of the outdoors and I have a bug to try out some time lapse photography. I love taking videos but I don't think I could come up with any video project I'd want to "show off," probably just clips of friends and travel and relatives etc. But then again, I've never had a nice video taking option.
So my buying decision has become an echo chamber of doubt: Is the marginal low light performance worth giving up video performance? Is it going to be trouble to hack together a cheap Canon intervalometer? Are gimmicky features like 'night vision' ever of any use to anyone? Is a slight but significant improvement in button layout worth 100-170 dollars? Should I just flip a coin and pick one?