Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

68

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

39

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
189 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 131x99x71 mm
 
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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
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 977 ISO vs 521 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 930k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 73.0 vs 63.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 850 shots vs 750 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Significantly smaller 131x99x71 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 189 ms vs 208 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight Lighter 572 g vs 703 g
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Around 20% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        D90:850 shots
        DSLR-A200:750 shots
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D90:720p @ 24fps
        DSLR-A200:None
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        D90:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A200:None
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D90:12.2 MP
        DSLR-A200:10 MP
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        D90:96%
        DSLR-A200:95%
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D90:4.5 fps
        DSLR-A200:3 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        D90:11
        DSLR-A200:9

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 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
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $1,475 with 18-135mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $749 body only

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Nikon D5000

        Nikon D5000

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Is significantly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

        Nikon D90 Competitors

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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $623 - $1,257 body only

        $833 - $1,150 with 18-105mm 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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

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

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $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 D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $697 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

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Entry-level DSLR

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Entry-level DSLR

        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Size Slightly smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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