Which Camera Should I Buy – Part One – Canon EOS 400D or Nikon D80?
Wow, what a big question! At the end of the day, both of those cameras are excellent starter kits (much better than when I started in 1979) and either would serve you well.
What you really need to think about it which manufacturer you intend to stay with and build a good set of lenses that will last you for years.
I used to be “Nikon” and then converted to Canon when I went digital. I feel Canon have the slight edge with technology in regard to their sensors and performance although Nikon still hold a place in my heart…I used to love their lenses and SLR’s.
If you can, get to a store and try both out. It is surprising how different each one feels in your hands and this “personal” feel can play a large part in your enjoyment of photography. Either camera will produce incredible photographs if used correctly so as I say, decide which route you want to go and then build a good arsenal of lenses over time.