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Old Sep 5, 2011, 9:02 AM   #1
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please suggest me which one is better to buy nikon d5100 or canon 550d. I am thinking to peruse photojournalism in future and also interested in shooting wildlife.

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Old Sep 5, 2011, 9:05 AM   #2
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The Canon has a faster AF system.
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I would go and try both of them
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Old Sep 6, 2011, 6:41 PM   #4
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If this is a camera you going to have to live with a few years I would track down friends who owns or rent the two cameras try them out on weekend test runs . Get a decent class 10 4gb sdhc card shoot some stills and video and see what camera you like best in terms of physically lay out and image output. I wish I did that with my last DSLR purchase because I wouldn't have bought the Canon XT.
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The Canon has a faster AF system.
How do you know it is faster?

I had a 550d owner tell me the new Nikons are faster.

Did you actually test them out or you're just repeating what someone said on forums?
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 5:17 PM   #6
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wrong vote! If you not going to use video then go with 5100 articulating screen i way better than fixed. Sometimes I find myself in extremely weird position when i use my 550D. And using dSLR for video is a bit challenging for me. I know that 5100 has auto focus so maybe it makes Nikon a better choice for family movies.. And it also have lots of creative features and effect which you will not find in 550D.

of coarse when i was buying my dSLR my choices were D3100 or t2i. And t2i without a doubt was the choice

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How do you know it is faster?

I had a 550d owner tell me the new Nikons are faster.

Did you actually test them out or you're just repeating what someone said on forums?
Nikon's better AF system doesn't show up untill you get to the D7000. The AF system in Nikon's entry level dSLRs isn't as good as the AF system in Canon's entry level dSLRs.
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Ah ok that does makes sense because the person I was talking to did compare his 550d to the D7000.
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