Comparing the Nikon D100 with the Canon 10D

August 14, 2003 | Mark Goldstein | Canon EOS 10D | 5 Comments | |

Clint Thayer is a photographer who is lucky enough to own both the Canon EOS 10D and Nikon D100. He has published a comparitive review of both cameras (found via

“Which one is better? Which one takes the best picture? I receive countless emails asking me this question. I own both cameras, so these questions are certainly not unreasonable to be sure. I?m going to attempt to clarify this for you, and give you some reasons for your considerations. There are many photographers who own or have used both cameras. These are my experiences.”

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#1 Willaim C. Bert

I wish people stop asking which camera and ask which system to buy. You just do not buy a camera body, but a camera body and lens. What we really have is camera systems. Since Nikon is going in the direction of producing lens design around digital cameras, the distinction will become more important in the years to come. I have spent more time researching the lens I have bought than the camera body I use them with.


9:01 pm - Thursday, August 14, 2003

#2 Mark Goldstein

Excellent point Bill! I suspect that Canon have made a lot more money from selling lenses than from selling 10D bodies. I think the old adage is to invest your money in lenses, rather than the camera body - you should definitely consider the entire "camera system" anyway...

9:16 pm - Thursday, August 14, 2003

#3 Fazal Majid

I also have both (well, I bought the D100 as a gift to my father to replace his F3), but I prefer the 10D by a wide margin.

Ergonomics are a question of personal taste and habit, of course. There is no denying the D100 is a solid camera that feels more like a F100 than the N80/F80 it is based on, and it has excellent Nikon ergonomic design. It does have a number of flaws, however, not highlighted in the review, like the fact many settings on the D100 are made by changing the mode wheel to a special mode, and this cancels shooting priority.

I don't think Clint's comparison is balanced in one major way - he is comparing Nikon Capture, a $150 program that is not supplied with the camera, to Canon's free bundled software. Canon has clearly indicated they are not trying to produce high-end RAW conversion software, preferring to partner with Phase One.

A fair comparison would contrast Nikon Capture with Capture One DSLR (which also supports the D100, by the way), and I don't think the comparison would turn to Nikon's advantage. On the lower end, BreezeBrowser only costs $50 and is far faster than Nikon View or Nikon Capture at displaying thumbnails or performing batch conversions.

This is even before looking at the abysmally slow performance of "compressed NEFs" on the D100 (they are lossy, by the way) and the space-hogging nature of standard uncompressed NEFs compared to lossless (Zip-style) Canon CRWs. In a RAW workflow, the 10D is significantly faster and requires less disk space (i.e. fewer CF card changes).

1:26 am - Friday, August 15, 2003

#4 Mark Goldstein

Some excellent points there Fazal - I didn't realise that Nikon Capture cost extra. No wonder it beat Canon's FVU software in Clint's review! I suggest that you contact Clive and see what he says...

6:10 pm - Friday, August 15, 2003

#5 Fazal Majid

I did send Clive an email, my comment is actually a straight copy-and-paste off it.

The D100 does include Nikon View, which is roughly equivalent to the Canon software (not able to do batch RAW conversions, for instance), as well as a Photoshop plug-in. You can do batch conversions using Photoshop's batch functionality and the plug-in, but it isn't as convenient.

11:26 pm - Friday, August 15, 2003