Most photographers are asking the wrong questions and having a pointless debate when trying to ascertain “Canon vs Nikon, which is better”. Most of the time they are only trying to justify that the $1000+ investment that they made in their photography gear was not a mistake.
Nikon and Canon are exceptional cameras and photography accessory manufacturers. They have been competing for years and the only way they beat each other every time is by coming up with products which are superior than what the other has made. I feel this healthy competition has been the biggest factor in their success so far and it is what will also lead their future.
The questions a photographer should be asking are: “How much ROI am I expecting from my photography?” “Is my photography going to be my source of income or am I just satisfying the love I have for the art?” “How much is my budget and how much am I willing to shell out depending on my needs?”
Once you start asking these questions to yourself, you will start understanding what kind of camera you would want to invest in.
Why invest in a DSLR at all?
Professional or not, if you are happy just capturing pictures you might want to stop reading right here. However, if you want to capture pictures which are subjective and artistic according to the rules of photography, then read on.
You will never see a professional wedding photographer, fashion photographer or a product photographer using a simple point and shoot camera for their work. Do you know the reason? Because they will not get the output a DSLR will produce. Most importantly, they will lack the kind of manual control that a DSLR offers. Mastering manual control is what most photographers crave for. Professional or otherwise, we all just want to capture images that are better than our own previous images.
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So, why should you invest in a DSLR?
- Better quality
- Manual control
- Power of RAW imaging
Which DSLR to buy?
Now for the moment of truth, which DSLR to buy?
If your budget doesn’t allow you to invest in heavy, high-end cameras or camera accessories, do not fret. Nikon, Canon and even other manufacturers make very good entry as well as mid-level DSLRs. Plan your budget well so you can invest in the lenses and other accessories like tripod, remote etc.
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And if you are a professional photographer with enough funds, do not waste your time and money thinking: “For now let me start with a mid-level camera”. Go ahead and invest in a high-end camera of your favourite brand.
Honestly, there is not much of a difference with regards to functionality, UI and user friendliness when it comes to pro and entry level DSLRs. However, the pro DSLRs give you more b