Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Sony SLT A58

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Sony SLT A57

65

Sony SLT A57

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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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
16,000 ISO
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 977 ISO vs 785 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 850 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.63x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 2.3 f-stops better
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 75.0 vs 73.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 618 g vs 703 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D90:0.63x
              SLT A57:0.72x
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D90:$847.52
              SLT A57:$845.69
              Size Large Help
              D90:132x103x77 mm
              SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D90:12.2 MP
              SLT A57:16 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D90:1
              SLT A57:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is significantly 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
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $798 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,103 body only

              $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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