Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon Rebel T2i

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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 T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
530 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 930k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
530 g vs 703 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$599.99 vs $669.95
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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 440 shots
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More than 90% 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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
              T2i:400 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T2i: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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T2i:12,800 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T2i:95%
              D90:96%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i:3.7 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              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
              T2i:9
              D90:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $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 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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

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              coke (2:59 AM, March 26, 2012)
              duh... its the rebel series! try comparing d90 to like the canon 5d or 7d even! nikon not close!!!
               
              MAX (4:58 PM, March 04, 2011)
              the t2i over compensates for things the human eye cant even tell the difference. you have to consider your output before buying your input. more megapixels dosent mean better photos.
               
              Brandon (2:13 AM, February 02, 2011)
              The T2i couldnt keep up with the D90 and the D90 is two years old. Nikon is that far ahead of Canon
               
              Steve (7:00 AM, January 17, 2011)
              Canons are used by 70% of all pros....you figure out why!
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:15 PM, January 15, 2011)
              The D90 actually as a slight edge in low light performance, the extra f/stop in ISO doesn't mean much.
               
              hohllp (8:59 PM, January 15, 2011)
              From my searching the D90 is cheaper than the T2i. At least from photoprice.ca w/ the 18-55 lens.
               
              ProPhotographer (3:15 AM, January 13, 2011)
              Its funny how the T2i was compared to the D90 and still kept up with it. It is suppose to compare against Nikon's D3000/3100 series cameras...Not fair, but T2i kicked ass. Good job on the comparison. I wish i never bought the D90 after seeing this...embarrassed
               
              D90sux (3:09 AM, January 13, 2011)
              Not for the price...T2i is by far the better value for the all-around performance over the D90. Especially in maximum light sensitivity which is 1 f-stop better, boost ISO is 1 f-stop better, more lens availability, and better HD recording. Save a few hundred bucks and get better lens...
               
              Rosé (10:17 PM, November 27, 2010)
              How come D90's score lowered? I dont get it!
               
              Avatar for Joe Joe (9:19 AM, April 23, 2010)
              The new Canon EOS Rebel T2i is certainly an improvement over the previous EOS Rebel T1i with its higher resolution, large LCD 3:2 i-FCL to 63 areas and ample opportunity for Full HD video recording, but not sufficient in our opinion outpace the rival Nikon D90.

              If the video shoot for you is an important requirement for the superiority of the EOS Rebel T2i is clear, if the picture back is your main interest we think globally than the Nikon D90, which also offers its own decent chance of shooting video.

              If not already own a set of lenses of either brand or personal preferences toward any of them, we would like to recommend the D90 as the best buy between two cameras.