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

Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D90

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

97

Nikon D90

93

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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

$615 - $899 body only

$869 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,178 - $1,499 body only

$1,730 - $1,899 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$500 body only

$1,349 with 18-135mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$426 body only

$390 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Autofocus Video autofocus
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$899 body only

$790 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Overall image quality Better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,047 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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.