Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 700D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon EOS 650D

59

Canon EOS 650D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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Advantages of the Canon 650D

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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 650D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
575 g vs 703 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 269 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$669.95 vs $719.99
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              650D:197 lenses
              D90:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              650D:$719.99
              D90:$669.95
              Size Large Help
              650D:133x99x78 mm
              D90:132x103x77 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              650D:95%
              D90:96%
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              650D:5 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              650D:9
              D90:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $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 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
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

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

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much smaller
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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