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Compare canon 50d and nikon d90

Comparing the Canon 50D against the Nikon D90 is not as easy as it might sound, while these two are in a similar price range, Nikon has does a couple of things to make the D90 more usable like adding the video format (Canon now has full HD 29fps in T2i). Now you can have a pro level DSLR with the capability of shooting up to 1,280 x 720 pixels (24 fps) in AVI! The 50D not to be out done has upped the Mega Pixel Ante with it's impressive 15. MP sensor, however the metering range is wider on the Nikon.

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Canon EOS 50D DSLR
Canon EOS  50D DSLR

Nikon D90 DSLR
Nikon D90 DSLR

APPROX. Retail



Discounted Price

Canon EOS 50D Body +4 Gig

From BuyDig

D90 DX Format Digital SLR Camera Body From Abe's of Maine UNDER $850 (up 70 over 3 mo.)

Mega Pixels

15.1 MP

12.3 MP

Shutter life
(real life data)

No Data
No Data

Startup time

0.10 sec

0.15 sec

Crop Factor

1.6 APS-C


LCD size

3 inch
3 inch

Image Processor

DX-format CMOS

Memory card used

CF I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards

Image formats

JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW

AF points

11 focus points, 1 cross-type

TTL Metering Mode

35-zone, Evaluative, Partial, Spot and Center-weighted
3D Color Matrix, Center Weighted 0-20 EV and Spot 2-20 EV

ISO range

100 to 3200 (max 12800)
200 TO 3200

Auto Shutter speeds (sec)

30 to 1/8000th
30 to 1/4,000th

Shutter lag

59 ms
+60 ms (Prefocused)


6.3 FPS
4.5 FPS

MAX images per charge

640 (@ 50% flash use)
850 (CIPA)

Metering Range

EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)

EV -1 t +19 (20°C/68°F, ISO 100)

MAX Video size / FPS

NA does not take video

HD 1280x720 / 24 fps


GPS plug in, Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted

Built in flash distance

13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet) / 17mm lens angle of view

56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200m


General conclusion
The closest detail of the D90 Vs the 50D is the retail price, from there they take a departure to prograde DSLR for the Canon and Prosumer video camera for the Nikon. The 50D's 6.3 FPS at 15 MP is a serious shooter, but the D90 while at 12 MP (plenty for any semi pro) jams in HD at 24 FPS with mic sensitivity adjustments.

Nikon metering and the AVI capture might be worth the choice, but your going to give up some of the speed that the DIGI IIII brings to the table. If total MP is not a major consideration, or FPS then the D90 might be your ticket. Be sure compare this with the Canon T1!

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