Here's how to choose between Canon and Nikon if you're ready to ditch your phone and get a real camera
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If you're considering getting into digital photography, you're probably feeling overwhelmed. Aside from questions like, 'What is an F-stop?' or 'Why are there so many numbers in the camera names?' you're also probably wondering which brand you should choose.
There are plenty of great camera manufacturers making all kinds of cameras -mirrorless, DSLR, point-and-shoot, and everything else under the sun. But we're only going to focus on one big question this time: Canon or Nikon?
These two companies have been going head to head for years, and they're basically industry standard in the photography world.
Here are some of the key differences between Nikon and Canon to help you figure out which camera is right for you:
Before you decide anything, take a trip to a camera or electronics store and get a feel for the different cameras.
Next, you'll need to decide if you want a full-frame camera or a crop-sensor.
Now, let's take a look at the different crop-sensor and full-frame options from each company. Nikon currently offers eight crop-sensor cameras on its website, but there are older models available from resellers and third parties.
Next, here are the crop sensor cameras offered by Canon — it currently offers eight as well.
Now for the Nikon full-frame cameras
Here are Canon's full-frame options — there are six of these as well. As you can see, full-frame cameras are generally a lot more expensive than crop-sensor.
After you've chosen a camera body, it's time to look for a lens. Canon and Nikon generally have the same types of lenses for sale, but you can get a better deal depending on which lens and company you choose.
If you used to shoot older Nikon or Canon film cameras, you can probably still use your lenses.
Now you can pick out what types of lenses you'd like to start with. You could always buy a third-party lens made for your camera system, but we're going to focus on proprietary hardware here.
Here are some solid and relatively inexpensive Nikon lenses to start with.
Now, here are the rough equivalents from Canon's lineup.
Final thoughts: No matter which you choose, you can't really go wrong.
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