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
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay

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

$739 - $1,199 body only

$788 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,049 - $1,299 body only

$1,599 - $1,699 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Lens availability Fewer lenses available
Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 body only

$1,249 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,299 body only

$1,499 with 18-135mm lens

Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$649 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
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.