First of all, I dunno if this is the right place to ask this question. I want to keep this thread perfectly flameless. I know every time when people compare Canon and Nikon, "fundamentalists" of both camps will start to bicker childishly. I only want to hear your personal opinion. All brands have their pros and cons so I urge all readers/contributor/"brand fundamentalists" of this thread be have an open mind.
I am now in a dilemma of choosing among these 3 DSLRs. Canon 400D, Nikon D40x and Nikon D80. And yes, this is my 1st DSLR so I need to seek advice from you experts. I appreciate all inputs, thank you. I am siding toward the Canon 400D because I notice the 400D have a bigger option for the lenses available to it, I also like the how the cam feels in my hand too. I dunno if judging a DSLR this way is right or wrong, but I do like to have the option to choose more type of lenses in future. Is it true that Canon lenses are more costly than the equivalent Nikon lenses (for the same function, range,.. etc etc.)? I have tried these cams at a camera shop, but still I could not made up my mind on which one to get, 1stly, I like the LCD of the D40x best, it is very bright and crisp and I also notice that the picture taken by the D40x look better than from the 400D. (All test shot were taken from the respective kit lenses) Can I say that the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens is better than the Canon counterpart? The 400D pix seems "dull" from the cam's LCD, though I know pictures display from a DSLR LCD may not appear the same when pix are uploaded and display from a PC monitor. As mentioned, handling wise, I like the 400D. What are the things that you will look for when buying a DSLR?
So I would like to hear you here who have use both of these cam to tell me something about the pix quality of both of these cam. By photo quality I mean saturation, color rendition, exposure accuracy and the sharpness. I know these things are very subjective and different people will have different interpretation, but generally I would like to know your opinion.
Next, I would like to know what is the difference btw D40x and D80? I hope to hear from someone who have actually handle these 2 cams. I heard that D40x cannot do auto focus on certain Nikon lenses because it does not have "motor" built on its lens mount and the D80 will have auto-focus on all Nikon lenses, it is true? Sorry I have never use a DSLR before, can someone explain to me what is the meaning of this.
Lastly, I would also like you to pick one of the 3 cams mentioned stating the reasons. And once again, for those who want to start flame wars please exercise clemency. Please regard all these results as personal opinion. Thank you for all your comments. Glacias!