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| p.1 #10 · A Documented SWITCH from Canon to Nikon - A Lightshop Original |
To me they're more similar than dissimilar, if that makes any sense. Once you understand how a SLR camera works, they're just different tools.
The thing is, though, that once you go beyond the basics, the functionality of the various brands can vary by a great deal.
On my Nikon, spot metering follows the focus point. Not so on all Canon's except for the 1DX. On every Nikon the Minimum Shutter Speed setting of AutoISO goes up to 1/2000s or faster. On Canons that even have that setting, it's limited to 1/250s. That means that I can use the MSS function of AutoISO with sports and birds in flight, whereas with Canon I can't. Nikons can set an AE Lock for 30 minutes or longer. Only the very latest Canons now have the ability to set an extended AE Lock. Nikons allow AutoISO and Exposure Compensation in M mode...Canon disables EC in M mode. That's just some of the ways in which the operations of the two brands differ.
I guess if a person doesn't use any of these functions then an SLR from any company will work the same way. But for people who do use these functions, the effect on the usability, and well as the suitability to a task, varies greatly.