Nikon D80 Compared With The Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi

First published on: Thursday, 25 January 2007

Nikon D80 vs Canon XTi / 400D

Links collected here point to reviews, discussions and debates comparing the Nikon D80 vs Canon Rebel XTi.

  1. Nikon D80 pretty much shines in this Camera Labs image quality and noise tests. The review also highlights the superior optical quality of the Nikon Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED-IF AF-S DX kit lens vs the 400D’s kit, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
  2. A Swedish photography magazine summarizes the AF performance of the Nikon D80 vs Canon 400D / Rebel XTi as: The XTi was marginally faster while the D80 was marginally more reliable.
  3. Regarding noise at ISO1600, I like the way Dave Etchells summarizes the differences in his Rebel XTi review, which is basically to say that they’re insignificant in prints. Head over to Imaging Resource’s Rebel XTi review, and scroll to the bottom, where you’ll find this block of text:
    All of the artifacts I mention in both images are visible from about a foot away in 13x19 inch printed images, but not from arm’s length; which is the closest most people get to such images. The XTi’s somewhat softer images are better able to handle unsharp mask than are the noticeably sharper D80 images, where unsharp mask enhances many of the smudgy artifacts. It’s clear that there are differences in the way the Canon XTi and the Nikon D80 deal with noise at ISO 1600, but most impressive is that they both handle the situation very well. The 13x19 inch images we printed are surprisingly good. I think we can call the images from either camera unprecedented.
  4. Here are a 100% crops from RAW files developed in Raw Developer for the Mac showing how little the difference is between Packy’s Nikon D80 vs his wife’s XTi at ISO1600.
  5. A subjective opinion in favour of the Nikon D80.
  6. This video hosted by Veronica Belmont doesn’t do a decent job at all comparing the Rebel XTi vs the D80, but is a fun watch nevertheless.


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