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

Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 5D

Winner
Nikon D90

70

Canon EOS 5D

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D

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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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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" 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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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 165 lenses
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Around 40% more lenses available
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
73.0 vs 71.0
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Almost the same
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size
Smaller
132×103×77 mm vs 152×113×75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$672.19 vs $3,296.24
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The best price we've seen is $2,624 cheaper (4.9x less)
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
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 2 f-stops 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
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              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%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              5D3,200 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D12.7 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              5D1,600 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              5DNone
              D90720p @ 24fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D3 fps
              D904.5 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              5D2.5"
              D903"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D71.0
              D9073.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $500 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $733 - $897 body only

              $987 - $1,197 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 EOS 5D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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