Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Olympus E-600

Nikon D90 vs Olympus E-600

Winner
Nikon D90

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Olympus E-600

27

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
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-600

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10.3 EV
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3.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 541 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly 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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.48x
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More than 70% larger viewfinder
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
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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
  1. 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
Size
Much smaller
130×94×60 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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More than 20% thinner
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Weight
Significantly lighter
515 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D90720p @ 24fps
              E-600None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D906,400 ISO
              E-600None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D9096%
              E-60095%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D904.5 fps
              E-6004 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 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
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 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
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $959 - $1,197 body only

              $1,259 - $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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              $552 with 18-70mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $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

              $579 - $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
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Olympus E-600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $759 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Thickness Much thicker
              Placeholder

              Olympus E-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
              Weight Lighter
              Live view No live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Color depth Worse color depth

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