When I worked as a professional photographer for a television station, Canons were amateur cameras. I had a Nikon by then. (Admittedly, this was back in the Dark Ages.)
And so it went. I stuck with Nikons and watched Canon gain ground. I know talented photographers who make good use of Canon, but I remained a Nikon bigot.
There I said it. That is just the way it is.
Now, we are preparing to traipse back to Europe to attend kiddo's graduation ceremony and after lugging a D300 all over Amsterdam, I intend to travel light, albeit with extra underwear.
So, I went looking for a different camera, smallish, quicker than a point & shoot, powered by batteries. I wasn't lugging three different recharging stations all over, where ever we end up. I needed room for extra underwear.
Turns out there are two models, Kodak and Canon.
I joked (and I should know better) if I got a Canon, the earth would stop spinning on its axis, all life would cease and Hell would freeze over.
Guess what I got for Christmas?
Haven't finished reading the instruction book. For a point and shoot, it's complex.
Hang on to your hats, and remember to pack light.