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Canon vs. Nikon: Comparing the Two Heavyweights Camera Makers

Dutch consumer product website Beste Product (“best product”) decided to set up a royal rumble between the two heavyweights of the camera industry: Canon and Nikon. They created an infographic comparing the two companies in things such as expert and user opinions, popularity, and sales. Even if you’re sick and tired of the endless comparisons and debates (as you should be), the infographic provides some interesting facts about how the two companies are doing.

Their conclusion is that the two companies are virtually tied, but Canon’s massive sales volume tips the scales in its favor (though that really has no effect on camera users).

Canon vs. Nikon Infographic (via photofacts)


 
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  • http://twitter.com/vando_n Vando Nascimento

    I have Canon equipment, mostly because of price. Here in Brazil anything from Nikon is around 30% more expensive than the equivalent from Canon (probably because of the bigger offer). Everytime that someone asks me which one they should choose, I say that all brands have great options (including Sony, Pentax and etc.) with the same level of quality, but in the end they should stick with Canon

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  • Anonymous

    Worst infographic ever.

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    This is offensive to me even though I’m a Canon guy.

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    Did they consider that the profits comes also from copiers and printers? I wasn’t able to see in the (horrible) infographic any reference as the only camera and lens departments.

  • juice

    Really pointless.

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebastián Soto

    I was expecting something more serious, but oh well, we need to laugh sometimes :)

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebastián Soto

    I was expecting something more serious, but oh well, we need to laugh sometimes :)

  • http://twitter.com/Crestopher Brett

    Canon is the winner because it has the most employees, highest profits, and has a couple higher rated products? I would think there is more to it.

    I’m a canon person, but this felt a bit shallow.

  • http://www.fotographix.ca Calgary Photographer

    Really lame.

  • AammHH

    This is utter rubbish! Everyone knows that when it comes to serious photography, you’re either a Holga or a Diana…

  • JD

    The final round is just silly, sales does not prove one is better than the other. It only proves that one sells more than the other. It’s easy to take this style of comparison to prove anything, whether or not it is true.

    There are lots of considerations, but ultimately, it’s about the final image. Good photographers may have brand preferences, but they would be able to make great shots regardless of the name on the label. I bet that 99% of the time, you’re not going to get a shot with one brand that you couldn’t do just as well with any other major brand with an equivalent competing model. If reliability was a concern, you can hope that Consumer Reports has a reader survey that’s applicable.

  • JD

    The final round is just silly, sales does not prove one is better than the other. It only proves that one sells more than the other. It’s easy to take this style of comparison to prove anything, whether or not it is true.

    There are lots of considerations, but ultimately, it’s about the final image. Good photographers may have brand preferences, but they would be able to make great shots regardless of the name on the label. I bet that 99% of the time, you’re not going to get a shot with one brand that you couldn’t do just as well with any other major brand with an equivalent competing model. If reliability was a concern, you can hope that Consumer Reports has a reader survey that’s applicable.

  • Bruceisnot

    This is the type of thing I would expect to see in a book like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It is humorous, yes. But about as logical and as thought out as the Improbability drive making a Whale out of a pair of missiles. Conclusions?

    I take this with the same attitude. No offense meant to the late great Douglas Adams.

    I use Canon, Pentax, Bronica, Nikon and various other cameras. This is one of the most shoddy peaces of work I have ever read.

  • Anonymous

    The thing is, sales volume is important for at least two reasons:

    1. The reason Canon is often cheaper is volume. Economies of scale have an effect on price.

    2. When looking for second-hand accessories, lenses etc., the much larger volume of sales for Canon mean more availability.

    As for quality (camera and pictures) being the only important factor, I think that has become virtually academic now. Like the speed and manouverability of fighter jets that becomes academic once we reach the limitations of human pilots, image quality of DSLRs has far exceeded the ability of 99.999.. percent of photographers.

  • Elgato

    what a poor article

  • http://twitter.com/ilifc Neil Doocy

    Why does this whole debate always have to make people annoyed… i’m not sure what made any of you think this was going to be very serious, there can’t ever be something as serious and precise as you all want except if there are a lot more facts and specific statistic. @alessandrocasagli:disqus where does it say that the profits are from copiers and printers? if they did just take all the profits then yes that’s stupid but I highly doubt that okay? people are not that stubborn about one company or another, they also divided it by dslrs and other cameras so i have no clue why you even considered the idea that anything else was included. @3827b9da70d70822e973fa17252f92fe:disqus i’m not in any business but I’m positive that sales does matter, if canon never went on to make digital cameras or only made professional models they couldn’t be the best plain and simple. i agree with the rest of what you say though. it really doesn’t matter if you own the newest leica m9 or a Canon 5d II or a Nikon d3x or even a 4×5 camera (film can be scanned for amazing results so don’t anyone try to argue with me on that) if you don’t know how to use the equipment properly and don’t know the fundamentals of photography and what you really want the image to look like you’re just wasting your time and others. I think this whole debate is so pathetic, it’s not choosing sides or shouldn’t be it’s choosing a product that’s all and if you use it correctly you are set. That’s all i’m going to say for now. I’m still trying to decide for myself if i should stick with Canon or buy a new Nikon DSLR for the fall.

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    wow, how old are you, 15?

  • http://twitter.com/sevenbates Seven Bates

    Annoyingly lame. I was hoping for a real infographic.

    Professionals from fashion, architectural, sports, photojournalism, and the wedding industries, shoot with Canon cameras at a rate that’s over double Nikon’s. Look at the press areas for sporting events, runways, etc – it’s a sea of L series Canon lenses.

    The reason? The Canon “System” is fronted by a company with deep pockets. They make tons of money with business systems, software, and consumer cameras. They’re rolling in cash, so they own the market share by flooding the market with ads. They also make a superior product on the high-end, because it’s less of a risk for them to do so.

    The technical specs of Canon vs. Nikon are subjective from model to model. For years, the flagship pro-level DSLR camera segment was dominated by Canon. Currently, the Nikon D3 is in the lead. I’m sure by the end of 2011, Canon will release a 1080p video, 40+ megapixel body with the same kinds of innovations we’ve come to expect from the 1D line.

    Meanwhile Nikon is kicking Canon’s butt in the mid-level DSLR range because the 60D was a brick, dead on arrival. Canon made a huge mistake with that toy, and Nikon capitalized on their error. The 7D was a success, but by splitting the market segment up into mutliple tiers of mid-level cameras, Canon has caused confusion on the consumer side – and doubled down on a bad bet.

  • http://twitter.com/ilifc Neil Doocy

       I really do not appreciate how rude you are in saying that, it’s in no way called for at all. I’m in college, and just finished my first year I know I don’t have a lot of experience but that doesn’t give anyone the right to treat me like I’m some dumb kid you can just ignore. You have made two judgement calls that were uncalled for. But hey it’s all opinions.

    Regardless of who reads this, if anyone cares enough to do the research and prove to others that this or that is better, go right ahead I just don’t see the point unless you are looking into buying a new camera. @twitter-755552:disqus   I do appreciate what you shared with us 

  • Kix_r

    I find the infographic lame as well… but I thought I read “11.5 Billion euro on cameras” in there, so I think the numbers being referred to are for cameras. 

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  • Prajwalsandeep

    Yet another Canon VS Nikon with some kids too :P

  • patchcafe.com

    I shoot extensively in the field(hobby), and interact with advanced experts…very few would dare bring their Mamiya or Hasselblad in the field…Sony is out there, Pentax and others.

    From my experience, the Canon guys tend to be a little more technically inclined. Nikonians have a nicer personality. Nikon is definitely more fun overall. In US, I count 7 to 3 (Nikon vs. Canon) out and about. Mostly mid level. In the professional world, Nikon is HUGE on macro, and the optics are fantastic. Every now and then I meet people using special adapters for Nikon lenses on Canon body. These are the true believers, the ones that crossed the point of no return…for them, the gear becomes a tool. No longer part of any “fan club”, they often ask: Does it matter in the end?

    Canon is a great company. They are in the business of making money…and marketing always pays off. Why so many pro sport Canon users? Film to digital transition gave photographers a choice for their new long term investment. Have you ever studied a pro photographer on the field? With two high-end bodies, a long range + mid range fast glass the initial investment is at least $20000. Add the little extras, and you can easily go over $25000. These pros also insure their arsenal. Early on, Canon had a slight digital edge. But now, it has all but evaporated. 

    I own a D40, D200, D300 and I can’t wait for the D4(or equivalent) to come out. My choice for a full frame body is heavily influenced by the quality glass I own. For now the D300 gets all the attention, D200 as a back up camera and the D40 is “kids-take this with you” camera. 

    Unfortunately, accidents happen. Eventually your lens or camera will meet Mrs. Asphalt or Mr. Rock. Throw in a little rain, ocean breeze, sea salt air and sand for “it could and it will” scenario. Than what? more questions about Nikon vs. Canon quality.

    I’ve never dropped my D40, probably since I don’t use it very much and has the strap attached…but my D200 and D300 did encounter serious drops. All my lenses have also been dropped or kicked by mistake over the years. I don’t know how much protection they got from the fact that I often leave the hood on and always use RRS L plates, but my gear survived. Quality and craftsmanship is impeccable. My gear has never seen the inside of a repair shop, even after heavy hits. 

    As far as resale, I’ve never lost money on Nikon glass. 

    Best Wishes,

    patchcafe.com

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3B74YR6WOHJ2LVHTBDBBOVZ6A Maecenasies Maecenasies

    They created an infographic comparing the two companies in things such as able and user opinions, popularity, and sales.

  • Samram1972

    Really????

    So Windows PC’s are better than Mac? Just because their bottom line looks better?

  • Samram1972

    Really????

    So Windows PC’s are better than Mac? Just because their bottom line looks better?

  • Samram1972

    Really????

    So Windows PC’s are better than Mac? Just because their bottom line looks better?

  • vikram virk

    nikon is best in image quality. at the heart of image. i use both canon and nikon. nikon best for photography canon for videography.

  • makikiyo

    i experienced in leicas,rollei,olympus,nikons and canons,to me brands are apart of time in our mind,play with the lenses that give u the best result of image is the best answers.in these topics,n v c ,canon wins the colours nikon king of sharpess

  • makikiyo

    i experienced in leicas,rollei,olympus,nikons and canons,to me brands are apart of time in our mind,play with the lenses that give u the best result of image is the best answers.in these topics,n v c ,canon wins the colours nikon king of sharpess

  • makikiyo

    i experienced in leicas,rollei,olympus,nikons and canons,to me brands are apart of time in our mind,play with the lenses that give u the best result of image is the best answers.in these topics,n v c ,canon wins the colours nikon king of sharpess

  • http://fedil.ukneeq.com Fedil

    This seems to always be a big debate. I personally like Canon better but I know others that really like their Nikon. Do admit that each has it’s own strengths but I think things have gotten so close that it really is just up to how well the photographer knows their camera. This is like a similar debate I found: http://www.digitalphotographyreport.com/2011/05/05/nikon-d700-vs-canon-eos-7d-which-dslr-is-best/

  • http://fedil.ukneeq.com Fedil

    This seems to always be a big debate. I personally like Canon better but I know others that really like their Nikon. Do admit that each has it’s own strengths but I think things have gotten so close that it really is just up to how well the photographer knows their camera. This is like a similar debate I found: http://www.digitalphotographyreport.com/2011/05/05/nikon-d700-vs-canon-eos-7d-which-dslr-is-best/

  • http://fedil.ukneeq.com Fedil

    This seems to always be a big debate. I personally like Canon better but I know others that really like their Nikon. Do admit that each has it’s own strengths but I think things have gotten so close that it really is just up to how well the photographer knows their camera. This is like a similar debate I found: http://www.digitalphotographyreport.com/2011/05/05/nikon-d700-vs-canon-eos-7d-which-dslr-is-best/

  • http://fedil.ukneeq.com Fedil

    This seems to always be a big debate. I personally like Canon better but I know others that really like their Nikon. Do admit that each has it’s own strengths but I think things have gotten so close that it really is just up to how well the photographer knows their camera. This is like a similar debate I found: http://www.digitalphotographyreport.com/2011/05/05/nikon-d700-vs-canon-eos-7d-which-dslr-is-best/

  • http://fedil.ukneeq.com Fedil

    This seems to always be a big debate. I personally like Canon better but I know others that really like their Nikon. Do admit that each has it’s own strengths but I think things have gotten so close that it really is just up to how well the photographer knows their camera. This is like a similar debate I found: http://www.digitalphotographyreport.com/2011/05/05/nikon-d700-vs-canon-eos-7d-which-dslr-is-best/

  • www.RWphotography.ws

    Well I got both cameras, a Canon 7D and a Nikon D90, previously owned a Canon Rebel XS and a Nikon D40, so I don’t care about this article…   :p

  • Nitya Garg

    well, i got suggestions from a lot of people and i think nikon is always better!!
    Cannon it not very suitable for hd clearity so i think everybody should go for NIKON D90.
    It dosen’t matters if the sale of cannon is high, people prefer NIKON and me too!
    Buy a NIKON D90 and you will never complain for sure!

  • Rudra

    Canon is in no place to be compared to NIKON when it comes to quality and warm pictures.
    I believe both have ample amount of market share but since Canon is cheap as compared to others they sell more.Nikon unlike others are too costly and hence gives quality product.
    The Nikkor lenses are uncomparable.
    They are the godfather of Cameras.

  • Robin

    Obviously a Nikon (or perhaps a Pentax) user?

  • Robin

    Sorry Vando, I thought I hadclicked on the reply to Meekohi below your post!

  • Robin

    Obviously a Nikon (or perhaps a Pentax) user?

  • Robin

    It’s supposed to be for fun Cat, don’t take it seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I have Canon and I think it’s a very poor infographic.  Popularity doesn’t connote the highest quality or otherwise best.  You need to rigorously test the overall camera systems as a whole to do that.  Something that probably can’t be represented in an infographic.

  • Robin

    Another Nikon user – never mind, they still take great pictures I hear!

  • Robin

    You’re right of course JD, just because McDonalds sell more burgers than me doesn’t mean they make better ones than me or that just because Timex sell cheaper watches than Rolex, it doesn’t mean they are better quality watches.