So yesterday while I was out and about exploring Toronto’s downtown core, I slipped into a couple of camera stores to check out the latest Canon T2i DSLR. As I stated in a previous post, this camera fits perfectly in my hand. I also checked out the Nikon D90, which is an outstanding piece of gear, but it’s heavier and not as comfortable to hold. The thing is, it’s renowned for it’s low light capabilities and sharp image. Nikon’s focus seems to be image quality and high ISO capabilities over high pixel count. And frankly, for what I’m doing 12 megapixels is more than enough. But if Canon’s T2i was able to deliver similar results at 18 megapixels, I’d definitely be drawn to it. I didn’t pull the trigger because with a big money purchase like that I’d really like to check out some reviews first, which brings me to a noise comparison between the T2i and the D90 just posted on the Camera Labs site. I’m really quite surprised by the results, with the T2i actually beating out the D90 for noise in higher ISOs, albeit by very little. It will be interesting to see if other sites offer similar opinions.
If like me you are in the market for a new DSLR and the new T2i is high on your must have list, check out Camera Lab’s T2i vs D90 noise preview (with side by side sample images) here.