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Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Canon Rebel T1i

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
850 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 
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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
Battery life Much longer battery life 850 shots vs 400 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.54x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        300 ms startup delay
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        T1i:197 lenses
        D90:205 lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        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%
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T1i:15.1 MP
        D90:12.2 MP
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T1i:3.4 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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        T1i:9
        D90:11
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        T1i:1080p @ 20fps
        D90:720p @ 24fps

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        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 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

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 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 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $579 - $697 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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $375 - $427 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 T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $579 - $600 body only

        $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 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 Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $680 - $1,257 body only

        $989 - $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 D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

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

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $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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