So, has anyone noticed evidence of...er...influence?
Canon: 1/1.7" CCD sensor
Nikon: 1/1.7" sensor
Canon: 10.4 MP (down from its predecessor's 14.7 MP)
Nikon: 10.1 MP (down from its predecessor's 13.5 MP)
Biggest dimensional size difference: 3.5mm (depth)
Canon: Widest lens setting, 28mm-e
Nikon: Widest lens setting, 28mm-e
Canon: Fastest aperture, ƒ/2.8
Nikon: Fastest aperture, ƒ/2.8
Weight difference: 5 grams
Canon: Optical Image Stabilizer
Nikon: Hybrid VR Image stabilization
Canon: 2.8" viewing screen
Nikon: 3" viewing screen
Canon: Estimated Retail Price $499.99
Nikon: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $499.95
Sometimes you kinda have to wonder—at what point do these two companies merge and call it a wash? If just for the sake of redundancy reduction of redundancy.
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Featured (partial) Comment by Bob Dales: "They have entirely different strap connecting systems. That ought to be enough difference for anybody."
Featured Comment by James: "I'm content with the logic of coinciding evolution, but we've got a serious time lapse here. Nikon appears to have coincided with the Canon G9, a camera now twice superceded.
"Part of my work involves deciding on the allocation of R&D funding for my company. Once I've made my mind up, I go to the Board for approval. Typically, it's a presentation involving things like technology trends, emerging markets and critically, what our competitors can do and what we think they're going to do.
"I shudder to think of the reception I'd have from some fairly flinty businessmen if I said something like 'our major rivals have developed a product over several generations, been fairly successful in the market and appear to own this particular niche. I propose that we develop an offering indistinguishable from theirs. I do not propose that we try to go better than them, and I'm certainly ignoring the upstart rivals who have got a better (Micro 4/3) product which is rapidly eating into our and our main rival's market share.'
"I'm fond of Nikon, and I very much hope they too join the Micro 4/3 group. I sense that unless they do this year (perhaps at Photokina) then they are ceding ground needlessly to others. Whether they do or not is entirely up to them: while fond of the company, I'm not slavishly devoted to them."
Featured Comment by Bruce: "Just wait...Samsung have a lovely treat for you in their APS-sized interchangeable lens NX series coming soon...with their fantastic AMOLED screen...I've seen it. Samsung are the other 1000-lb. gorilla in ten years time."