Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Nikon D80 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Nikon D80

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Nikon D80

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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 D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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Lowest price Significantly cheaper $569.00 vs $849.99
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The best price we've seen is $281 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight Slightly lighter 668 g vs 703 g
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Almost the same
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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 524 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 73.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 208 ms vs 250 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.62x
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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
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D80:0.62x
              D90:0.63x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D80:500 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D80:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D80:3,200 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              Weight Heavy Help
              D80:668 g
              D90:703 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Size Large Help
              Professional size 132x103x77 mm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D80:10 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D80:95%
              D90:96%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D80:1,600 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D80:3 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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 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
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 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 much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D80 Competitors

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              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $548 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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              amateur (3:41 PM, September 29, 2011)
              both of them must have 96% viewfinder coverage.