Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 5D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

69

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Canon EOS 5D

51

Canon EOS 5D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D

Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,368 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The 5D has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.63x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 22.9 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 12.7 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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 11.1 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 156 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 73.0 vs 71.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% 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
Size Smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 152x113x75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price Cheaper $848.08 vs $3,999.95
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The best price we've seen is $3,152 cheaper (4.7x less)
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 895 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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
              96%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D:12.7 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              5D:3,200 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              5D:1,600 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D:3 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              5D:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D:71.0
              D90:73.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 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

              $650 - $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 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 slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,608 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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