Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 50D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.3 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.3 fps vs 4.5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 73.0 vs 63.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 977 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Battery life Longer battery life 850 shots vs 640 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
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
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 822 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $849.99 vs $1,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $449 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              50D:197 lenses
              D90:205 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              50D:95%
              D90:96%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              50D:15.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              50D:12,800 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              50D:9
              D90:11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              50D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              50D:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              50D:63.0
              D90:73.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              50D:696 ISO
              D90:977 ISO

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              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $556 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 50D.

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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

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              Alwynjsmi (6:48 AM, May 14, 2012)
              Look, handling, ergonomics and so forth are all things that various ppl will have a different opinion on. Some will like the Canon feel and look, others will like the Nikon. Some will like that horrible cactus plant from whence tequila comes, others will like sucking on Spongebob. Each to their own in other words. I have the D90 and have had the 60d which I returned because of build quality issues. Now, had the 50d been available when I got the D90, I may have gone for the 50d instead. Magnesium alloy body, 1/8000, 6.3fps. But then I would still have had to deal with Canon's couldn't care less attitude so this is a tough one. Product wise (for me) I'd say 50d, but no one would go wrong with either 50d or D90. After sales service though; I prefer the 'we value you spending your hard earned cash on us' as opposed to the 'whatever' approach
               
              Masih Akbarzadeh (8:50 AM, May 04, 2012)
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              Avatar for Jay-van Geli Jay-van Geli (3:12 AM, January 15, 2012)
              of course you would say that. you own the 50d
               
              Krampfader_2005 (7:44 AM, October 09, 2011)
              Bought a D90 for a colleague (had some old nikkor lenses) I tested it and compared to 50D, which is mine, 50d is slightly better.
              Better user interface, higher resolution. No video.
               
              Sunny Gill (7:59 AM, September 06, 2011)
              50d is better in many ways ,sport photography,nature,wild life and it is mag alloy body which is very good and in look also it seems better then d90  i used d90 i like it very much but canon has true colors ill prefer d50
               
              Eneleh99 (6:10 PM, June 02, 2011)
              i looove my d90... it's built like like a tank, it fell yesterday and nothing happened to it!! its amazing! im still shooting away... im glad i bought nikon d90 instead of canon 60d...it would have been a wreck right now..and i would be drowning in tears...
               
              Russell (9:05 AM, March 16, 2011)
              Canon 50D is the smarter one.