Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Olympus E-30

Nikon D90 vs Olympus E-30

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Nikon D90

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Olympus E-30

29

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
208 ms shutter lag
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
98%
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 530 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10.4 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
73.0 vs 55.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.51x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$706.84 vs $1,499.99
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The best price we've seen is $793 cheaper (2.1x less)
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size
Smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 142x108x75 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
665 g vs 703 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D90720p @ 24fps
              E-30None
              Weight Heavy Help
              D90703 g
              E-30665 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D906,400 ISO
              E-30None
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D90$706.84
              E-30$1,499.99
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D90132x103x77 mm
              E-30142x108x75 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D90977 ISO
              E-30530 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $935 - $1,197 body only

              $1,230 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $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 Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Olympus E-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Olympus E-5

              Olympus E-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,680 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $769 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,350 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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