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"
 
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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
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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 2500 ms
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8.3x less delay when turning on
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% 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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $792.36 vs $999.95
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The best price we've seen is $208 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Rebel XTi:$999.95
              D90:$792.36
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $389 - $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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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

              $439 - $547 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 significantly larger
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $886 with 55-200mm 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

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $490 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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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