What a difficult choice—both leaders just released excellent prosumer models. Both dSLRs offer top-notch features like self-cleaning sensor units and low-noise CMOS sensors, the latter being exclusive Canon selling point for several years. But how do they compare now in key characteristics, after Nikon catched up with the competition?
|Canon 40D||Nikon D300|
|Megapixels||10.1 MP||12.3 MP|
|Sensor||CMOS, sensitivity up to ISO 1600, 14-bit A/D converter||CMOS, sensitivity up to ISO 3200, 14-bit A/D converter|
|TTL Auto-Focus||9 cross-type sensors||15 cross-type sensors|
|Live View Auto-Focus||Yes, turns off LCD while focusing||Yes, contrast detect (like on P&S cameras)|
|Viewfinder||Pentaprism, 95% frame coverage, 0.95x magnification, diopter adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0||Pentaprism, 100% frame coverage, 0.94x magnification, diopter adjustment: -2.0 to +1.0|
|LCD Monitor||3.0", 320x240 pixels||3.0", 640x480 pixels|
|B&H Price||$1,299.95 (~900 EUR)||$1,799.95 (~1250 EUR)|
For pixel peepers, neither of those are interesting—the real winner is Pentax K10D, which has very light anti-alias filter and offers the best per-pixel sharpness and unique non-processed, completely photographic 3D look—check out some examples. At about $700, with image stabilisation built in, this camera can become a great choice for photography geeks—imagine its potential after processing photos with DxO Optics v5.