D90 vs. Canon 500D Which one?

Started Mar 27, 2009 | Discussions thread
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My take

Dan wrote:

I'm trying to recommend a camera to a friend and I'm curious what you
all think of the D90 vs. the 500D.

The thing that hits me first is that the 500D can do 30fps VGA and
720P video with auto focus.

The 500D has a slightly slower frame rate of 3.4 vs the D90's 4.5. I
wonder if this translates to a quicker camera. Higher fps means it's
ready for the next shot in less time right?

The 500D is the most advanced of the compact DSLRs while the D90 is the entry model for the semi pro camera class. What I think is the dividing point is the ability to do serious sports and action.The faster fps and shorter shutter lag makes the difference. The design of the compact DSLRs make them more uncomortable to use with the fast big lenses like 70-200 2.8s.
D90 with 70-200 2.8:

In IQ I believe they are more or less similar (that goes for all the latest 10-15 mp CMOS sensors from Nikon and Canon).

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