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

Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon EOS 600D

58

Canon EOS 600D

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
Large sensor
Sensor size
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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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
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 600D's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$491.04 vs $669.95
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The best price we've seen is $179 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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 f-stop more dynamic range
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 65.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.53x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Battery life
Much 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
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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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
              600D:197 lenses
              D90:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D:12,800 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              600D:133x99x79 mm
              D90:132x103x77 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              600D:95%
              D90:96%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              600D:9
              D90:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 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

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $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 Slightly smaller viewfinder

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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!??