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D90 versus Rebel T1I

I am trying to decide between the EOS Rebel T1I and the Nikon D90. They seem quite similar. Any suggestions?

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 03:12:26 +0000

Titans of Photography Digital photography has greatly matured over the past 5 years. Cameras have become far more professional in quality and capability with features that make even the pickiest professional happy. So the feature list of two of the high-end cameras in the marketplace should come as no surprise to anyone who's followed the digital camera market even a bit. The two cameras I've named as Titans of Photography, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, and the Nikon D90.

Sure, you pick up a digital camera over $200 and you're likely to be able to take a reasonably good picture, but what do you actually get for the $900-$1000 retail price range? Well the obvious thing at first look is quality design. Both the Rebel and the D90 are well crafted tools of the trade. Solidly manufactured, with well placed controls, there's no doubt the designers felt form should go along with function, and in this they've not failed a bit. But for those looking to use the cameras in a professional capacity its function that most interests, and on that level both cameras perform well right out of the box.

Megapixels have always been the selling point with digital cameras, and in this neither camera comes up short. The Rebel boasts 15.5 total megapixels, leaving no detail behind with picture resolutions of up to 4752 x 3168, while the D90 sports its own impressive 12.9 megapixels and a resolution limit of 4288 x 2648; both large enough for pictures that are useful in any application. As for video, the Rebel provides Full HD 1080p video capture, while the D90 only provides a 720P resolution. Easy to view 3-inch color LCD panels are present in both cameras, both with 920,000 dots for enhanced detail. The built in flash on both cameras make taking pictures in all lighting conditions possible, though of course it limits the battery life considerably. Not too much a problem with the D90 which is capable of taking 800 pictures per charge as compared with the Rebel's poor stamina of only 500. Although the Rebel does take the edge in accessories, being compatible with over 60 Canon lenses, while the D90 has trouble operating fully with just 5 additional lenses.

The two cameras are both capable of some high-powered photography, both being an example of a technology that has completely matured. But the cost of that maturity is still high for most consumers. The Canon EOS Rebel T1i goes for $899.99 retail, while the Nikon D90 is slightly higher at $999.95. Being retail costs, there are sure to be some deals that will knock the price lower, but it's certainly obvious these are not cameras meant for the dabbler or the beginner. These are advanced tools, but in the hands of a master, the results can be quite a thing to see.

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 20:07:48 +0000

D90 is compatible with nearly all Nikon lenses, not just 5 as you claim.

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:27:33 +0000

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