Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Sony SLT A35

Nikon D90 vs Sony SLT-A33

Winner
Nikon D90

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Sony SLT-A33

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
208 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
850 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.7 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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Battery life
Much longer battery life
850 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 70.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
208 ms vs 215 ms
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A33's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT-A33's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
500 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D903"
              SLT-A333.3"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D9012.2 MP
              SLT-A3314 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D901
              SLT-A333
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D903,200 ISO
              SLT-A3312,800 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D90720p @ 24fps
              SLT-A331080p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D9073.0
              SLT-A3370.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D90977 ISO
              SLT-A33591 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 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 Much smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 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 Much smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $630 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $222 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $748 with 18-55mm 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $579 - $797 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 Shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,822 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 body only

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $445 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $387 - $582 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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              zack (9:49 AM, November 30, 2011)
              sony a33 give me unbelievable result!
               
              Claudio (3:17 PM, November 18, 2011)
              pretty weird. the d90 is def the better camera... way higher level. the a33 is an entry level camera but still great focusing but quite bad iso cause of the translucent mirror...
               
              Florinconstanta73 (6:09 AM, November 17, 2011)
              Why so many votes for a33 and d90 is the winner???