Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D7000

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Nikon D90

70

Nikon D90

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
21 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
79.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.63x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 156 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
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 152x114x75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$669.95 vs $2,494.73
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The best price we've seen is $1,825 cheaper (3.7x less)
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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 850 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II:400 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II:9
              D90:11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              5D Mark II:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 - $1,240 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording 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

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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              Otávio Pacheco (3:00 PM, February 22, 2011)
              There's an important point to consider: the rolling shutter effect. This makes a giant difference between the D90 and 5D - I have both cameras and to make movies the D90 is almost unusable, the rolling shutter effect destroy the image quality. I guess this is the biggest difference between them both.