I've been waiting for ages for the Canon 500D to come out before buying my first camera. Now that it's out (well available for purchase online at least), I'm waiting to read a thorough review on it. The first I can find is at http://www.digitalreview.ca/content/...ikon-D90.shtml.
This review mentions that the noise with the Canon 15MP sensor is much higher than the Nikon's at 12MP. I know that it's only judging against the Canon 50D sensor, but given that the 50D sensor has "gapless micro-lenses" and the 500D doesn't, I think the noise in the 500D will be even worse than it is in the 50D.
So I have a dilemma. Do I get the Nikon D90 and accept the fact that its only got 12-bit colour (maybe not an issue in itself but in Adobe post-processing can become a bit of a limitation) and not as many great lenses to choose from (no "L series" equivalent line of lenses), or do I get the Canon and accept its high noise?
Just to give you all the facts, I'm primarily interested in nighttime landscapes and don't really want to look at anything lower than these models (eg not interested in the Canon 450D/1000D or Nikon D40/D60).