Nikon d40 or Canon Rebel XS? These are two cameras I'm looking at, and I'm not sure which one is better for the price spent. Obviously I'm not wanting to spend more than I have to if the extra money doesn't buy anything besides a label. I am a photography enthusiast, and I'm thinking which ever camera I choose will be one for me to become more experienced on. I definetly want a camera that will grow as I do. Any suggestions? Which camera is the better buy?
I'm in the same dilemma as Costco offers both. D40 for $649 and Rebel XS for $699 with extra telephoto lense. In the past, I had bad experience with Canon camcorder as it stopped working just after 2 yrs, and I know few people whose Canon products stopped functioning too.
I was able to find a D40 kit for $400 a year ago. If you are going to pay $650 you might as well get a D3000, or even better a D40, a second lens, and maybe some accessories. The XS is a decent camera as well, it really depends on what ecosystem you want to get into. Both Canon and Nikon make nice cameras, I think you'll be happy with a camera from either.
Last January I bought a factory refurbished D40 as my first DSLR, with 18-55 VR at a Los Angeles area camera shop for $300 (I think the package when available is $350 now). Looked brand new, so I downloaded the free Opanda software to run the Exif on my latest pic. The software told me the camera had only 520 shutter actuations (I had already taken about 400 pics by then). I've come to find out that when open stock, demos, returned inventory from retailers occurs, Nikon cannot sell them as new with the 1 year warranty. So they sell these cameras as "refurbished" with the 3 month warranty. Not all refurbished are like this, but my store tells me a lot of them are. Love the camera. Since then I bought a "factory refurbished" 55-200 VR from that store for $100, as well as the new ($200) 35mm f 1.8 prime for low light conditions. My point is you can get some great deals purchasing "refurbished". And even new, the 35mm f 1.8 is a great value.