I agree with Shaggy about Canon v. Nikon lenses, but Nikon still does a very good range. My significant other bought an Elan 7E at the same time as I bought an N80. Features and price are very similar. Our preferences came down to ergonomics - to me the Nikon controls are more intuitive & better laid out and it feels better in the hand. Of course that's a personal choice - can you borrow both for a days shooting to see which you prefer?