Always suprised to see how much some Nikon's people are biased, or would I say intentionally blind ?
Best flash metering !!!!
Look to some tests made with D40 and D80 with a large dark zone in center of the the view : Catastrophic! D200 is better, ouf!
Have been looking for monthes beetwen Canon and Nikon to find the best camera for me and concluded that if you want to compare side by side, look to Nikon D200 and Canon 30D, that would be fair.
I been lucky and tested both during a while. D200 is well made, definitely. I have read somewhere "made like an Abraham". That not sure, but it's big, heavy and spotty. D30 is lighter, smaller, its shape is smoother and it's fully reliable, like D200.
Found 30D easier to customize. It goes "strait to the necessary", not D200 with lot of "professional" functions (who use daily ?).
Considering light metering and auto focus, did'nt find any noticeable difference between both. They work slightly different but at the end they do the same : very well in both cases.
D200 gives more contrasty pictures, seems (I say "seems") more creaspy, with higher colour saturation. But where is the truth ? Sometimes mother nature request nuances that D200 is difficult to reproduce and one's more you can adjust parameters with both.
High sensibility is better with Canon, stated.
Price ? First, 30D is going to be replaced. That means it's time to buy, found mine at equivalent 1000 $, in Europe !! D200 is more expensive, first, and I find crasy to buy it without Nikon Capture. So it costs more, definitely.
You can find all necessary lenses in both Nikon and Cannon, plus other like Sigma and Tamron, etc. which are cheaper. Saying that Nikon zoom 18-200 VR is the best ... Stupid, what's about distortion, vignetting, size, and price (again) ?
Conclusion : Try both
, make your own opinion and you will get
. The target is : Take pleasure making photos with the NikoCanon or OlymPentax you love and the rest (mine is better than yours
) is rubbish !