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

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Olympus E-30

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Olympus E-30

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
850 shots
 

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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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
Overall image quality Much better image quality 73.0 vs 55.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 10.4 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.51x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size Significantly 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
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D90:720p @ 24fps
        E-30:None
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        D90:6,400 ISO
        E-30:None
        Weight Heavy Help
        D90:703 g
        E-30:665 g
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Size Large Help
        D90:132x103x77 mm
        E-30:142x108x75 mm
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.2 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D90:4.5 fps
        E-30:5 fps

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        competitors

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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 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
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly 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
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $249 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Nikon D300S

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 - $1,908 body only

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

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        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 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 Significantly shorter battery life

        Olympus E-30 Competitors

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        Olympus E-3

        Olympus E-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        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

        $1,599 body only

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

        Olympus E-620

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Much smaller
        Thickness Much thinner
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
        Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
        Olympus E-520

        Olympus E-520

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Much smaller
        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Olympus OM-D E-M1

        Olympus OM-D E-M1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,299 - $1,399 body only

        $1,884 - $2,130 with 12-40mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Sensor size Smaller sensor

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