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Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Weight
Light-weight
485 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Size Much smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 485 g vs 703 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $548.00 vs $843.54
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The best price we've seen is $296 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 977 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 73.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.52x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 850 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 208 ms vs 262 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D90's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3000:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3000:3,200 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3000:10 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D3000:95%
              D90:96%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3000:3 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
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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 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 body only

              $389 - $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 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 slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $650 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

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

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              Abdessamad-er (4:55 PM, January 24, 2012)
              Mercii :)