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

Nikon D90 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Winner
Nikon D90

68

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
189 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 131x99x71 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.8"

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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
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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 63.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200

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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
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
Significantly 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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D90850 shots
              DSLR-A200750 shots
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D90720p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A200None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D906,400 ISO
              DSLR-A200None
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D9012.2 MP
              DSLR-A20010 MP
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D9011
              DSLR-A2009
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D904.5 fps
              DSLR-A2003 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D90977 ISO
              DSLR-A200521 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $350 - $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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $582 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $234 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,568 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 body only

              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
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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