Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 450D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 450D

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon EOS 450D

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Great battery life
Battery life
850 shots
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
524 g

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Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
160 ms vs 208 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
524 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 692 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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.54x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 500 shots
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70% more shots per battery charge
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 3.5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D90's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              450D400 ms
              D90300 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D197 lenses
              D90205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              450DNone
              D90720p @ 24fps
              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
              450D1,600 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              450D95%
              D9096%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D800 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D3.5 fps
              D904.5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D9
              D9011
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $365 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $684 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $517 - $646 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,568 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 450D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $372 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $432 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $369 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $619 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $569 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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