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

Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Winner
Nikon D90

68

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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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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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 2500 ms
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8.3x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.49x
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More than 60% larger viewfinder
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
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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$700.55 vs $999.95
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The best price we've seen is $299 cheaper (around 30% less)
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              Rebel XTi:197 lenses
              D90:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XTi:None
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Rebel XTi:$999.95
              D90:$700.55
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XTi:10.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Rebel XTi:95%
              D90:96%
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 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 significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $719 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $379 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $536 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,681 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $856 - $999 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Size Much larger

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $635 with 18-55mm 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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

              $697 body only

              $797 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

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

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