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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.52x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size
Significantly smaller
132×103×77 mm vs 137×104×84 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Screen resolution
Slightly higher resolution screen
930k dots vs 921k dots
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
599 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
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D9012.2 MP
              DSLR-A58016 MP
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D90208 ms
              DSLR-A580295 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D90300 ms
              DSLR-A580800 ms
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D903"
              DSLR-A5803.3"
              Size Large Help
              D90132×103×77 mm
              DSLR-A580137×104×84 mm
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D90720p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A5801080p @ 30fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D9011
              DSLR-A58015
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D903,200 ISO
              DSLR-A58012,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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              Nikon D90
              D90
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