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8mp or 10mp

I am a freelance photographer and curently I don't sell prints over 20x24 and I don't do a lot of cropping. I need to upgrade my equipment and I was looking at the Nikon D200 and the Canon D30. I like the feature and feel of both cameras. Money is not the issue but I don't want to spend more than what's necessary to get the job done. Could you help me out.

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4/6/2006 2:49:48 PM

Michael H. Cothran   Reggie,
I would not base your decision on whether the camera is 8 or 10 mp's. As I just stated in another posting, the difference would be somewhat insignificant, and often, not noticeable at all. Either Nikon or Canon will get the job done.
If I were in your shoes, and I liked the "feel" of both cameras, I'd look at the lens line-up, and determine which system offers lenses more appropriate to my needs and wants.
There IS one advantage I'll mention that Nikon continues to have over Canon, and that is the capability of mounting just about any Nikon lens made since the late 1970's.
Good Luck,
Michael H. Cothran

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4/6/2006 3:12:11 PM

Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Michael is right, the difference in real resolution between 8 and 10 mp isn't even worth considering. You didn't state which system you are already invested in, but that could be a significant factor depending on how many lenses you currently own. Both Canon and Nikon make awesome DSLRs and you can't go wrong with either one. If I were you, I'd handle them both again, looking for where your fingers naturally fall around the camera. Is it comfortable in your hands? Do the features you need to access (ISO, White Balance, etc) easily reachable? Are the lenses and accessories you need available in the manufacturers lineup? Don't fall prey to some salespersons pitch because he makes an extra buck selling a certain brand over another. It's not about Canon vs, Nikon, it's about what works for you and your style of photography.

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4/6/2006 4:17:25 PM

REGGIE R. SNELLING   Most of my gear is Minolta but I didn't think the 7D would be sufficient(or would it?). However I do have a Nikon N90s with a Sigma 28-200 lens and Quantaray 9500 flash(can switch camera modules).

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4/6/2006 6:55:35 PM

REGGIE R. SNELLING   Is there a noticable difference between a 6mp and an 8mp because I have loads of Minolta gear but I wouldn't want the prints to come out shabby. Thanks for all your help so far.

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4/6/2006 7:06:23 PM

Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Sony, who took over camera production from Konica-Minolta, has committed to maintaining compatibility with the KM lens. Do I see them producing a camera of the same level as a 30D or D200? Very doubtful. They will likely stay in the sub-$1000 category in their future bodies because that where the majority of the sales are. If you already have the N90s and like it, go with the D200. I don't believe you'll be disappointed.

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4/7/2006 4:07:09 AM

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