Canon EOS 1000D vs Nikon D80

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Canon EOS 1000D

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Nikon D80

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1000D

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
164 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm)
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 1000D

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Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
719 ISO vs 524 ISO
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The 1000D has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
164 ms vs 250 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Much smaller
126×98×65 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$668.68 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $930 cheaper (2.4x less)
Thickness
Much thinner
2.6" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
62.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly lighter
502 g vs 668 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.50x
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Around 60% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
3,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1000D220 lenses
              D80230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1000D10.1 MP
              D8010 MP
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1000D$668.68
              D80$1,599.00
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              1000DNone
              D803,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1000D10.9 EV
              D8011.2 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1000D62.0
              D8061.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1000D22 bits
              D8022.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1000D719 ISO
              D80524 ISO

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

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              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

              Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Size Larger

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