I like DPReview. I thought after Amazon bought it it will become more corporate, but it looks it’s still as biased as it used to be:
Let’s get things straight. None of D90 features are very different to Canon 50D, but there are several quite important differences:
|Nikon D90||Canon 50D|
|Histogram in live view||None||RGB|
|Live view||Slow mode only (contrast-detect)||2 modes (contrast detect and phase detect)|
|Focus points||11 focus points (1 cross-type sensors)||9-point TTL CMOS sensor, all cross-type for lenses of F5.6 or faster|
|Lens correction||Chromatic aberrations||Vignetting, distortion and chromatic aberrations|
|Viewfinder dioptric adjustment||–2.0 to +1.0||-3.0 to +1.0|
As you can see, these 2 cameras are not even in the same class, although the price difference is very small - around $250.
So, after weighting all pros and cons, I chose Canon 50D, and I must say it’s an excellent camera. Photographic experience is totally different than it used to be with my old Canon 350D.
- Viewfinder probably as good as it can get with 1.6x crop factor
- Super-sharp, super-bright 640x480 LCD - you can re-shoot bad photos without having to check them on a computer first
- Live view for precise focusing - I couldn’t imagine the camera is still shaking a lot when my hands are rock sturdy after making “stabilization exhale”. Perhaps this technique works for old cameras, but 15MP requires to do things by the book: use a tripod, or a stabilized lens. Apparently IS lens are even more important for getting sharp picture than good glass.
- Live view for black and white photography - all picture styles work also in live view. You can start training your eye for B/W without having to download to a computer.
- Focusing is great - success rate a lot bigger now. New auto-focus system totally rocks.
- Superb menu - very logical and easy to use now. Almost Apple of cameras.