Which is Better, Nikon or Canon?

I wrote this article, which I am updating today, many years ago, and many of you keep asking me which cameras are better than those of Canyon (full guide in the link) or Nikon. The answer, if you’re short on time and can’t read the entire article, is that there is no better brand than the other by definition. And I still think the same thing.

If you want to know why, keep reading.

Which is better SLR camera: Canon or Nikon?

Both Canon and Nikon are great brands of prestigious renown, brands that have proven their worth over many years and their concern for offering the user a good, high-performance product that is the best possible combination of features, price and quality. .

I tell you one thing: If you meet someone who effusively recommends one of the two brands but criticizes the other brand, do not trust, that person does not know what he is saying. Really. In this field of SLR cameras there are many fanaticisms, people who, having had and dealt with a brand X all their lives, believe that it is the best brand in the world, and so they recommend it to their friends and family.

I can understand that because they have had positive experiences with a particular brand they want to promote and recommend it, so far so good, what does not seem appropriate to me is that they take pains to discredit the other brand, just out of fanaticism, often with a lot of ignorance .

Most of us lean towards one brand or another, Canon or Nikon (or other brands) almost by chance: either because a friend has had that brand, or because its price has seemed more affordable, etc. But to this day, there is no consensus among experts that one brand is CLEARLY better than the other. I know people who are happily in love with Nikons (as is the case with yours truly), that is, nikonists 😉 , as well as others for whom photography is synonymous with the word «Canon» and who feel very canonists.

If you search most of the blogs, forums and websites for analysis and reviews of Canon vs. Nikon you will always find good and bad experiences. For me, it is always the good experiences that count, since the bad ones most of the time come from the fact that people buy cameras without first knowing what they are looking for, because there is a camera for each one of us and there is what to know how to find with her 😉

With that said, let’s move on to the hard facts and data.


In the case of Nikon, most of its SLR cameras and lenses manufactured since 1959 are compatible with each other.

For Canon this is not always the case, there are some limitations but in very rare cases, for example if we want to use a lens prior to 1985, it is very likely that it will not be compatible, but all EOS lenses are compatible with all their EOS SLRs.

An advantage of the Canon is that, with a small adapter, it allows you to use Nikon lenses (if you come from Nikon and have Nikkor lenses but would like to switch to the other side, to Canon, it is possible).

If you have questions about compatibility with a particular lens, just go to our free lens compatibility tool for Canon or Nikon.

Canon Image Quality Vs. Nikon

Don’t be fooled Similarly priced Nikon and Canon typically offer similar image quality, with very rare exceptions. Even when one of these exceptions occurs, almost no one can see that difference in quality. Good photos are good, period, it doesn’t matter if they were taken with one camera or another, yes or no?

In fact, we can see great well-known photographers who use Canon and others who use Nikon. Let’s see an example, two recognized photographers of the same discipline (nature), each of them uses a different brand, but if you see their photographs, regardless of the style of each one, it cannot be said that one is better than the other because of the camera quality:

Settings and Ease of Menu Options

My personal experience is that in Nikon most of the settings that we have to continuously touch (ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, etc.) are within reach, accessible very quickly. On the other hand, the times that I have used Canon I admit to having found some slight complication, since to get to the setting you have to enter the menu and search for the setting in question.

JPG Compression and Quality

The theory is that JPG photos packed with detail, light, and color tend to take up more space on your memory card, as opposed to darker images with less detail, fewer objects, and fewer colors, which typically take up less space.

Here the Canon cameras do a better job: when an image has a lot of detail, the Canon cameras usually generate a larger JPG file, and when it is not the case the JPG is usually smaller, of course. Nikon, on the other hand, tends to make their JPG files all the same size, thus wasting valuable space and spoiling the quality of the file many times over.


Most (I think all) Nikon DSLRs have a little button with a question mark on it, for quick help. As soon as you touch it, they explain the function you are in at that moment. Canon does not have that little button, you will always have to go to the little book ;-P, although now in some cameras it has included a help guide for those who start and have an application with tutorials, tips and other help.

As you can see, each of the two big brands has its advantages and disadvantages, so don’t worry, please don’t go crazy, I know that a purchase of this caliber is a decision that must be made very carefully, but many times we can make the mistake of listening to one opinion, then another, then another, and another and another, and just when we are about to make the purchase, we read another opinion again, and we go crazy.

I hope now you have it a little clearer. Neither Canon is better than Nikon nor vice versa. Say it out there please, recommendations and votes are appreciated 😉

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