Canon EOS 1000D

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Canon EOS 1000D

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Nikon D80

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1000D

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
164 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

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
Size
Much smaller
126x98x65 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
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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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
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$545.00 vs $839.77
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The best price we've seen is $295 cheaper (around 40% less)
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              1000D:197 lenses
              D80:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1000D:300 ms
              D80:500 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              1000D:None
              D80:3,200 ISO
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1000D:10.1 MP
              D80:10 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1000D:10.9 EV
              D80:11.2 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1000D:62.0
              D80:61.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1000D:719 ISO
              D80:524 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1000D:22 bits
              D80:22.1 bits

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 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
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $423 body only

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier

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