Ah-keong wrote in post #18053935
1. For AF (Autofocus), Canon is faster. However, Nikon is more accurate.
Comment: For sports / action related photography, Canon has higher chance of getting the frames but Nikon has higher chance of getting the shots.
Debatable. Modern sports DSLRs feature so many AF parameters, most photographers don't even bother setting them up, or refer to cheat sheets used by others. Depending on how you have it set up, your environment, subject and other factors could make a certain camera seem superior... or not. All modern AF systems are incredibly good, and if you're missing shots, it's likely your fault, otherwise they're within a hair's split within another. Considering the 1DX2 can shoot at 14fps, it's a miracle that it can find the time to focus at all.
2. Nikon is strong in the "blacks", Canon is strong in the "whites"
Comment: I believe this could be due to the DR (Dynamic Range) of the sensors used. For portraiture related photography, Canon has a better rendering of the skin tones. However, Nikon has a better rendering of the hair tones. (See D4 vs 1DX)
Sony sensors (which Nikon often makes use of) typically have a very wide dynamic range, but are also set up with the saturation point close to the histogram's edge, meaning that you really do not what to ETTR with these cameras, just ensure the highlights are not in the red, and you can push the shadows as much as you want.
Canon is more reasonable with this and has set the gray point of their sensors closer to the actual mid point of the dynamic range, meaning both the shadows and highlights extend equally past the visible range depicted on the histo.
Frankly, both companies should just offer a Raw histogram option, and remove all doubt about where and how much of your dynamic range is being utilized, rather than leaving users to guess.
Ah-keong wrote in post #18053939
3. Nikon entry level prime glass are better than Canon entry level primes
Comment: Other than Canon's 50mm STM f/1.8, Nikon's primes are newer and better compared to Canon's primes released in say 1995?
Probably... low-end glass isn't something that interests me
As far as high-end lenses go, Canon definitely has the more interesting options, as well as some unique options Nikon simply doesn't, like the 5x macro. The 17/24mm TS-E lenses are legendary. Some similar lenses across the two makers are superior in the Canon variant, like the 70-200 2.8 IS II, which does not have the close focus problem of the Nikon variant.
4. Nikon is more "rugged" than Canon
Comment: I believe this could be due to the fact that historically, Nikon started building military specs equipment while Canon started from commercial / industrial specs equipment.
Any mid-range & up DSLR is going to be more rugged than most people can hope to damage them. I'm sure most people have seen that DRTV video where Kai wrecks a 7D in every way possible (including freezing it in ice and then burning it) and it still works. The high-end cams are built even tougher, which probably means they could stop a bullet.