Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Nikon D1X vs Nikon D7000

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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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D1X

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/16000 of a second
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D1X

Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 930k dots vs 130k dots
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More than 7x 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
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.53x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Much smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 157x153x85 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 703 g vs 1,200 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The D90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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similarities

Compared to recent DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Lens availability Many lenses available Help
205 lenses
Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
Pentaprism
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
96%
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
D1X:5.9 MP
D90:12.2 MP
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
D1X:None
D90:6,400 ISO
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
D1X:800 ISO
D90:3,200 ISO
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
D1X:3 fps
D90:4.5 fps
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
D1X:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Movie format One shoots movies Help
D1X:None
D90:720p @ 24fps

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Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$721 - $840 body only

$930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$437 - $520 body only

$528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,147 body only

$1,447 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,700 body only

Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon D80

Nikon D80

Entry-level DSLR

$975 body only

$1,475 with 18-135mm lens

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

Nikon D1X Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D100

Nikon D100

Pro DSLR

Size Significantly smaller
Weight Significantly lighter
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X

Pro DSLR

$6,799 body only

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
Weight Significantly heavier
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Nikon D1H

Pro DSLR

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
True resolution Lower true resolution
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Canon EOS-1D

Pro DSLR

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
True resolution Lower true resolution
Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,797 body only

$3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

Nikon D90 Competitors

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Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
3D Takes 3D photos
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$699 - $871 body only

$999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Overall image quality Worse image quality

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