Originally Posted by sammy87
Hi I am new to photography and I am looking to get a camera. I am looking at Nikon D5000 or the Canon T1i Rebel. Just wondering what some of you guys thought of each. Im just looking to take some nice photos a little bit of video. What do you recommend?
I've got a D5000 and seriously considered the Rebel equivalent. The biggest difference is the articulating viewer of the Nikon. You can find tons of advice and some much comes down to Canon people v. Nikon people. these are like Ford/Chevy, PC/Mac, or Dem/Rep groups. Opinions become very, well, opinionated. truth be told if you are new to photography it really doesn't matter as they are both excellent cameras.
I personally would have went with the Canon because I am one of those Canon folks. I have had Canon SLR's for over 30 years. But my wife wanted the Nikon because of the movable viewfinder. And she's the boss. One major dissadvantage of the Nikon is when using it to film movies. It locks the focus. This really sucks. There is no autofocus while filming video. If you were planning on using the camera for video a lot, I believe the Canon does not have that disadvantage.
If none of these criteria mean anything to you, flip a coin, or better yet, go with whoever has the best deal.