After scanning samples on this website for quite a while a few years ago, I noticed that the Canon entry DSLR always produced pictures with livelier colors than Nikon's counterpart (the D70): blue, red, etc were slightly fresher, and the picture more pleasing when straight off the camera, whereas Nikon appeared less lively.
This was a few years ago. As I am about to commit to one of the two now (without possibility to try, since I am buying it from NY and going back home), does this theory still exist?
They can't be completely identical, one has to be better. As for the in-hand feel, I love the Nikon's serious feel in my hand.