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

Nikon D90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
Weight
Light-weight
556 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XTi

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Size Much smaller 127x94x65 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 556 g vs 703 g
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More than 20% lighter
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 200 ms vs 208 ms
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Almost the same
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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 size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 977 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 73.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 2500 ms
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8.3x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.49x
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More than 60% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Battery life Much longer battery life 850 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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 1,600 ISO
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The D90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        Rebel XTi:197 lenses
        D90:205 lenses
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        Rebel XTi:None
        D90:720p @ 24fps
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        Rebel XTi:None
        D90:6,400 ISO
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        Rebel XTi:10.1 MP
        D90:12.2 MP
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        Rebel XTi:95%
        D90:96%
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        Rebel XTi:1,600 ISO
        D90:3,200 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        Rebel XTi:3 fps
        D90:4.5 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $625 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 much larger
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $893 body only

        $450 - $1,182 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

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 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 D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $1,475 with 18-135mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,049 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $299 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Size Much larger
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $470 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

        Nikon D90 Competitors

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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $701 - $840 body only

        $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $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 Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,147 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Lowest price Much more expensive
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 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 Significantly shorter battery life

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