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Nikon D90 vs Canon Rebel T5i

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon Rebel T5i

61

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 Rebel T5i

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 T5i

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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 (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T5i'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 T5i'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
580 g vs 703 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$599.00 vs $694.29
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The best price we've seen is $95 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 681 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.3 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
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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 264 ms
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More than 20% 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 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T5i197 lenses
              D90205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T5i3.1"
              D903"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Size Large Help
              T5i133x100x79 mm
              D90132x103x77 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T5i95%
              D9096%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T5i17.9 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T5i9
              D9011
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T5i12,800 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T5i1080p @ 30fps
              D90720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T5i61.0
              D9073.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T5i681 ISO
              D90977 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $569 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $815 - $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 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

              Canon Rebel T5i Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 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 Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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