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

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

53

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 

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
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 $714.99 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $284 cheaper (around 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 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              T1i:$999.00
              D90:$714.99
              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
              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
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T1i:1080p @ 20fps
              D90:720p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 with 18-105mm 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

              $319 - $831 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

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 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 slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 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 - $575 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 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

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 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

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 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

              $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

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