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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 20fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$336.76 vs $897.27
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The best price we've seen is $561 cheaper (2.7x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
520 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.54x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 400 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 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
Screen resolution
Slightly higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 920k dots
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Almost the same
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              500D220 lenses
              D90230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              500D159 ms
              D90208 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              500D15.1 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              500D95%
              D9096%
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              500D1080p @ 20fps
              D90720p @ 24fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              500D9
              D9011
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              500D3.4 fps
              D904.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              Canon EOS 500D
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