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

Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D90

68

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Olympus E-30

28

Olympus E-30

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Large sensor
Sensor size
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
208 ms shutter lag
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

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
 

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
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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
73.0 vs 55.0
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More than 30% better image quality
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
Much 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$669.95 vs $1,499.99
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The best price we've seen is $830 cheaper (2.2x less)
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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Advantages of the Olympus E-30

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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
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D90:$669.95
              E-30:$1,499.99
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D90:132x103x77 mm
              E-30:142x108x75 mm
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D90:4.5 fps
              E-30:5 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 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 slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 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 D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $545 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Olympus E-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $659 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $454 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Olympus E-5

              Olympus E-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,667 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              Live view No live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,068 - $1,319 body only

              $1,646 - $2,099 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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