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Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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 581 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality Better image quality 73.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Longer battery life 850 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Size Significantly smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D90's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 768 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 180 ms vs 208 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D90:720p @ 24fps
        DSLR-A700:None
        Weight Heavy Help
        D90:703 g
        DSLR-A700:768 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Size Large Help
        D90:132x103x77 mm
        DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.2 MP
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        D90:96%
        DSLR-A700:95%
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D90:3,200 ISO
        DSLR-A700:1,600 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D90:4.5 fps
        DSLR-A700:5 fps
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $721 - $1,050 body only

        $930 - $1,198 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $449 - $520 body only

        $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D90 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $798 body only

        $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
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        Konica Minolta Dynax 7D

        Pro DSLR

        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Sony SLT-A65

        Sony SLT A65

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $698 body only

        $598 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,073 body only

        $1,075 - $1,165 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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