Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90 vs Canon Rebel T4i

Winner
Nikon D90

67

Canon Rebel T4i

58

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
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
208 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

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

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T4i.
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Advantages of the Canon T4i

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
Cross type focus points
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
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T4i's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T4i's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
575 g vs 703 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$615.00 vs $755.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.53x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T4i220 lenses
              D90230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T4i3.1"
              D903"
              Size Large Help
              T4i133×100×79 mm
              D90132×103×77 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T4i95%
              D9096%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T4i17.9 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T4i9
              D9011
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i12,800 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              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
              T4i1080p @ 30fps
              D90720p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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

              $479 body only

              $720 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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Lowest price More expensive

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
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