I don’t want to get into the Canon vs. Nikon discussion, I just want to talk about their product lines (excluding pro DSLR since I’m not really familiar with them).
It seems that Canon and Nikon product lines are not equivalent, in my opinion it is something like this (simple models at the top, advanced at the bottom):
Nikon has 2 budget lines, while Canon has only one, as if Canon tries to make its entry level interesting enough for both new users and amateurs while Nikon separates these lines.
Nikon lines are straight forward, if you’re new to DSLR, buy the entry level. Serious amateur will buy the D80 and semi-pro the D300. In Canon, if you’re new or amateur you’ll buy the 400D, but serious amateurs will probably go for the 40D (and semi-pro users of course). So they are “pushing” serious amateurs into their semi-pro line. On the other hand, they supply a very good entry level camera (comparing to the D40) in a very reasonable price (comparing to the D80).
What do you think? What can be the reason / logic for this?
This is only my opinion, so no offence and feel free to disagree.
Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 17-40L, Canon EF 70-200L f/4 IS and Canon SpeedLite 430EX