Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Nikon D3X vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D3X

Winner
Nikon D3X

89

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Nikon D90

70

Nikon D90

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,992 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
88.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3X

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Battery life Much longer battery life 4400 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 5x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 88.0 vs 73.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,992 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D3X has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the D90
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.4 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.7 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.63x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 161 ms vs 208 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size Much smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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2.1x smaller
Lowest price Much cheaper $599.99 vs $8,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $8,399 cheaper (15x less)
Weight Much lighter 703 g vs 1,260 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 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 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 DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D3X:None
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3X:1,600 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3X:5 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              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

              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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              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 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Nikon D3X Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

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

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,800 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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