Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

53

Canon Rebel T1i

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Large sensor
Sensor size
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
 

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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 20fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
159 ms vs 208 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
520 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T1i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 63.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.54x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Much longer battery life
850 shots vs 400 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
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 3.4 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$669.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $329 cheaper (more than 30% 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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T1i:197 lenses
              D90:205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              T1i:$999.00
              D90:$669.95
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T1i:12,800 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T1i:95%
              D90:96%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T1i:15.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T1i:3.4 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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T1i:9
              D90:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T1i:1080p @ 20fps
              D90:720p @ 24fps

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 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
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Much larger

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $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 Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $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 Significantly shorter battery life

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