Why is Nikon better than Canon or vice versa? the g/f has a Canon but can't clearly explain why she chose Canon over Nikon.
Honestly, they are both great...I just like giving Tony crap, especially now that he's a Mac Using, iphone owning, Ducati riding Canon user.
Whichever system you set your sites on, you have to remember you aren't married to the camera, you are married to the lenses and the "look" those lenses produce.
Canon is a HUGE company, with much more resources, bigger budget, and the common issues that come with a company that's too big. They are good to their Pro users, and have some great lenses...though they seem to make many more clunkers then winners. Canon has a specific *flat* look to it's contrast and colors. Look at any fashon magazine, and that flat look of the images is probably a canon. At a big sports event, you'll typically see the big white lenses of Canons more then Nikon. As I said, Canon is really good to their Pro users and makes sure they have the gear they need. Nikon, until recently was lagging behind in the big lens department.
Nikon is a *much* smaller company, has two, maybe three factories. They have had much better engineering since the first Nikon in the early 50's. Rarely do they make clunkers. R&D is slow because they are a smaller company with smaller budget. Distribution and roll out of product is painful because they just don't have that many factories. Most nature shooters, portrait shooters, and artist types use Nikon for the lifelike images and warm but natural colors.
Nikon has been lagging behind in lens updates, but has been spewing out consumer gear that's really damn good for a while now. Their recent lens updates in the past few years have been ground breaking...and some still lagging behind Canon. Nikons latest Pro level lenses and bodies are deadly good. Awesome ergonomics, featuresets, and smart user interface on all but maybe the flashes.
Canon spits out lens after lens after lens, often many clunkers, especially their consumer line. The painful menu systems and clumsy ergonomics are typical of Canon design. Their Pro lineup is fantastic, though you pay a premium over and above any other company for the pro gear. Painfully so.
I'm sure there's other stuff...I've forgotten more then I can remember since I've not had this Canon vs Nikon debate in a long time.
Personally, I can't stand the ergonomics and price premium of Canon (perfect for a Mac user), and I've used a Nikon since I was a wee lad. The Nikon I use today is ergonomically comfortable, and has a very similiar user interface then the early 60's vintage Nikon I started with when I was a kid. I can pick up any Nikon and *use* it right away because the design has been pretty much the same since the early days. Canon...not so much.