Canon XSi vs Nikon D3000

by Enche Tjin on October 28, 2009

Canon XSi / 450D currently shares almost the same price point with Nikon D3000. If you are potential buyer, you might be confused on which one to buy. Nikon D3000 is a newer camera, it replace Nikon D60. Canon XSi is currently replaced by Canon T1i, but XSi is still on production.

canon-xsi-450dOther than price, Canon XSi and Nikon D3000 have many things in commons, such as small and light (relative to DSLR camera), 18-55mm kit lens, 3 inches LCD screen with 230k resolution and targeted for beginners.

Being newer does not mean that Nikon D3000 is better than Canon XSi. They have some similarities and differences.

Here are Canon XSi advantages

  • 2 extra megapixel
  • Slightly faster continuous shooting 3.5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Built-in Auto Focus motor
  • Live view mode

Here are Nikon D3000 advantages

  • Wider ISO range : 100-3200
  • Better image quality (color depth and dynamic range by around 1/2 stop)
  • Guide Mode
  • Built-in photo retouch
  • Solid feel and better ergonomic

In conclusion, it is pretty hard to pick which is the best. On one side, Canon XSi is compatible with all Canon EOS lenses while Nikon D3000 only compatible with newer Nikon lens that has auto focus which is more expensive and some of them are slow.

XSi also has live view mode (so you can compose picture with LCD screen like you do in compact cameras). This feature is not as practical to use like in compact camera because the auto focus is slow, but it is is useful for composition in tough angle and macro photography.

However, if you are looking for better ergonomic, user friendliness and image quality, and don’t mind to spend extra dollars for newer Nikon lenses, Nikon D3000 is a better option.

Don’t forget to read my Nikon D3000 review.

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killaman January 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

One would think you use a canon for work!!!!! Hahhahaha!!!!
So I guess nikon is good for high end then…hahhahahaha…..

Enche Tjin January 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

Yes, at least it has AF motor built-in. I used Canon 40D for almost 2 years and have many lenses (look at my review pages) but when I wanted to get full frame camera, 5D mk II was $600 more expensive plus i heard the AF is not a good as Nikon high end. So I jump ship. I pick gear based on value and my needs rather than loyalty to one brand. That what I like to convey for readers.

what idiots June 28, 2010 at 12:43 am

Killaman, you are a moron, if not a complete idiot. Only drooling baboons write “hahahahaha” after their insipid posts.

Top Rated Cameras November 11, 2010 at 8:12 am

Very nice review! I just bought a new D5000 and I’m on the process of learning some basic shots particularly with different light settings. :) I guess Nikon is indeed one of the best!

ayeeh007 November 7, 2011 at 5:31 am

very nicely written. i have a nikon d3000 and i’m really new at this. hope to read more of your work. cheers!

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