Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Winner
Nikon D90

68

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Great battery life
Battery life
850 shots
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
524 g

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differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
160 ms vs 208 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
524 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
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 10.8 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.54x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 500 shots
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70% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The D90's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D90's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$699.49 vs $725.00
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              Rebel XSi400 ms
              D90300 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XSi197 lenses
              D90205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XSiNone
              D90720p @ 24fps
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Rebel XSi$725.00
              D90$699.49
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              Rebel XSi1,600 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XSi800 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Rebel XSi95%
              D9096%
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Rebel XSi9
              D9011
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XSi3.5 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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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