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

Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 

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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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
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
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x 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
Thickness Significantly 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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Size Smaller 124x92x85 mm vs 132x103x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weight Significantly lighter 500 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

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              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D90:12.2 MP
              SLT-A33:14 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D90:1
              SLT-A33:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D90:720p @ 24fps
              SLT-A33:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $625 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 Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 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
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $870 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is much heavier
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 - $774 body only

              $200 - $595 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $915 - $989 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 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 SLT-A33 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

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

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              GPS Has a GPS
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 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-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 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
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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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???