Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 600D

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon EOS 600D

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 600D.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 930k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Weight
Lighter
570 g vs 703 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$556.44 vs $700.44
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 600D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 65.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.53x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
208 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D197 lenses
              D90205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              600D3.1"
              D903"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D12,800 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              Size Large Help
              600D133×100×80 mm
              D90132×103×77 mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              600D95%
              D9096%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              600D9
              D9011
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D3.7 fps
              D904.5 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              600D1080p @ 30fps
              D90720p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $776 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $510 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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              discussion

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              Thatsme (10:38 AM, July 11, 2013)
              come on guys, u can't compare a semi-pro camera with an entry-level. surely d90 is better
               
              james (10:22 AM, February 26, 2013)
              snapsort... Please check your data! I think 600d canon wins here. look @ your better image quality d90 has a better image quality w/ only a 12.3 megapixel compare to the 600d with 18 megapixel. i think you better show and compare the two images taken in both cameras.
               
              ghost (4:15 PM, February 22, 2013)
              ehh canon disappoints me...
               
              Penicka Martin (6:27 PM, February 19, 2012)
              Canon 600D better then Nikon D90.
               
              Stevejjones (4:50 PM, December 23, 2011)
              yeah this is on snapsort. I got that too - when you compare 600d with 60d, 600d wins,,,, when you compare 60d vs nikon d90 - canon 60d wins, and here it says canon 600d ties with nikon d90... ie. A=B, but A isbetter than C and C is better than B !!Hope these guys change the stats - i think canon 600d outsmarts nikon D90 with its features if nothing else, and hence A (canon600d) should be better than > C (canon 60d) which should be shown to be better than > B (nikon!)
               
              phem (6:37 PM, December 20, 2011)
              but only 600d has higher resolution compare to the other dslr camera., thatswhy still in top 6, in snapsort and still in top 10 dslr camera in some comparing sites for camera.
               
              Guest201120122013 (9:45 PM, December 15, 2011)
              canon 600d = ties with = Nikon D 90.
              canon 60D = wins against => Nikon D90
              but canon 600 D = wins against canon 60D. ?? How?? surely this is a mistake somewhere!??