I think that we have to understand that, right now, Nikon has the edge in the age old Canon versus Nikon battle. Canon will catch up. In fact, the cameras are most probably in the "coming to market pipeline", right now.
Nikon make their D50 and D200 here in their modern factory in Thailand. I do not know about Nikon but I know that many Japanese companies in Thailand pay their Japanese staffs less than they pay them when worked at home, lower cost of living was the reason theygiven to theirstaffs. For made in Japan Canon to match D50 and D200 they will very likely to cost more. I am watching to see what Canon will come out. It will not be like it used to be.