Mar 7, 2005

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Compared to Nikon D70 DSLR

Existing owners of Canon or Nikon equipment will have a strong predetermined brand preference. For instance, I own a Nikon D70 and have no intentions of upgrading it any time soon.

For those trying to decide which camera system to buy however, have completed an overview of the Nikon D70 compared to the Canon Digital Rebel XT, including the respective kit lens package.
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Compared to Nikon D70 DSLR
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Compared to Nikon D70 DSLR

"Both the Nikon D70 and the Canon Digital Rebel XT offer a number of individual advantages when compared side by side. Overall, the Nikon D70 provides the richer feature and function set of the two cameras, while the Digital Rebel XT offers a smaller, lighter 8MP solution, and the benefit of Canon's latest DIGIC II image processor (faster performance than predecessor Digital Rebel, lower high ISO noise.)

While many potential buyers might be drawn by the 8 megapixel power of the Canon EOS Rebel XT, it is important to remember that resolution is not the end all in terms of image quality. The difference in print quality that the 8MP resolution offers is for all intents and purposes barely noticeable at an 11" x 14" print size compared to the same shot taken at 6.1 MP. The advantage of the 8MP resolution sensor lies mainly in the ability to crop an image while preserving more detail.

Considering that the current manufacturer's recommended retail price on the Nikon D70 camera body is $100 CAN less than the Canon Digital Rebel XT (March 2005), in our opinion, the Nikon D70 represents a very good value.

When comparing the respective standard lens kit packages, the Nikon D70 with the AF-S Nikkor DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G zoom versus the Canon Rebel XT with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom, the Nikon DX 18-70mm offers superior performance with its AF-S motor, brighter f/4.5 aperture at telephoto, ED low dispersion glass to minimize ghosting and flare, metal lens mount, internal focusing and extended focal range coverage up to 70mm.

Although the Nikon D70 kit with the DX 18-70mm lens is priced almost $200 CAN more than the Canon Rebel XT kit, based on the higher end quality design of the lens (one of the most important determinants of image quality), the Nikon D70 package with the DX 18-70mm lens is an easy recommendation. Spending the extra money on a better lens is well worth it.

Which camera to choose is a personal one and depends on a number of factors. All things considered, bottom line is that the Canon EOS Rebel XT and the Nikon D70 digital SLR are both capable of delivering excellent image quality. We recommend looking at what features are the most important to you, and to base your decision accordingly."

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Which one would you buy?