Updated (September 2009): Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D90

Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D90

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

100

Nikon D90

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Thin
Thickness
2.9"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag

galleries

Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$769 body only

$800 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,058 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Lens availability Fewer lenses available
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,088 - $1,499 body only

$1,497 - $1,949 with 18-135mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$410 body only

$574 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

discussion

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D90pricesiswrong (2:54 AM, June 27, 2012)
The D90 is not that expensive... Definitley goes for around $600. The link to amazon for the D90 is one that includes a bundle of other camera supplies. Please update for accurate comparisons.
 
swcv2 (5:23 AM, May 22, 2011)
I'd like to buy one , but I still considering  which one (Canon 7D or 60D or Nikon D90) is suitable for me. 
 
Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (5:25 AM, April 23, 2011)
I have used both. I like my d90 more. It's just more of alluring camera that just woks and makes me take my photography higher. While 7d is a technological marvel
 
Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (5:25 AM, April 23, 2011)
I have used both. I like my d90 more. It's just more of alluring camera that just woks and makes me take my photography higher. While 7d is a technological marvel
 
Tom (9:30 AM, April 21, 2011)
The 7D has comprehensive weather sealing. You missed that one in 'common weaknesses' category. But what a great layout you have done here. THanks.