Nikon D5000 or Canon EOS Rebel T2i?
The first things that stick out to me is the Canon T2i’s ability to record 1080p HD Video along with it’s 18MP sensor. I know we talk about how people can get too caught up in the megapixels of a camera, but 18 on a camera under $1,000… that’s just awesome.
The Nikon D5000 can still provide for more than just your needs as it too provides HD Video clips, but just in the 720p variety with a 12.3 megapixel sensor.
Nikon does have a fold down LCD screen if that means anything to anyone. I could see how it would be a useful tool, but I don’t think that’s going to be what makes me bite on the Nikon. The fact that it’s about $200 less may be what makes me bite.
HD Video on a Digital SLR
It’s a fairly new feature to be able to record HD Video on your Digital SLR and I’m sure within the next year the standard will be 1080p, but you won’t even notice it’s 1080p unless you’re viewing it on a HD monitor that’s over 32″ in size. So, although the awesome factor makes me lean into the high specifications of the Canon T2i on paper, the lower cost for a camera that still provides outstanding results makes me lean towards the Nikon D5000.