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So I was planning on studying abroad and the only way I figured to get me outside is to indulge in a camera and take some nice photos and explore. SO my friend told me that the two best cameras I could buy in my price range were the D90 and the T1i or T2i so I was wondering if people knew if one were better than the other or had a recommendation between the two. Thanks in advance.
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D90 will take superior pictures but the video capabilities are far behind the T2i. Canon glass is a little bit cheaper than Nikon but between the two you can't go wrong. Pick whichever feels better in your hands.
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I don't think I'm buying a camera for it's video capabilities so I believe that the D90 would be the better choice in this case barring personal feel of the body itself?
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I'd disagree with BlankThis' statement about the picture quality. The two should be very similar, especially with the kit lens. I do agree with how the T2i has better video though and that Canon's lenses are cheaper than Nikon.

Personally, I'd recommend you look lower at the XSi/T1i or D3100 instead to save some money, and invest in some good glass. My guess is that for studying abroad you'd be doing all sorts of photography, in which case you'd want a telephoto to compliment your kit lens.
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I'd disagree with BlankThis' statement about the picture quality. The two should be very similar, especially with the kit lens. I do agree with how the T2i has better video though and that Canon's lenses are cheaper than Nikon.

Personally, I'd recommend you look lower at the XSi/T1i or D3100 instead to save some money, and invest in some good glass. My guess is that for studying abroad you'd be doing all sorts of photography, in which case you'd want a telephoto to compliment your kit lens.
Nothing overly noticeable but it's there.

http://www.digitalreview.ca/content/...ikon-D90.shtml

R31ncarnat3d made a great point about buying a lower body and spending more money on glass (Lenses). It all depends on your budget OP, do you have money for a zoom after buying one of these bodies with the kit 18-55? Either one of them will be great so it all comes down to which feels better in your hands really. I think for me I would go with the T2i because more and more I'm finding that Canon offers lenses that are more suitable to my needs that Nikon doesn't seam to make for a decent price. That combined with the stellar video capabilities, I know you say you won't use it but it's nice to have if ever you come across something a picture won't do justice.
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D90 will take superior pictures but the video capabilities are far behind the T2i. Canon glass is a little bit cheaper than Nikon but between the two you can't go wrong. Pick whichever feels better in your hands.
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Nothing overly noticeable but it's there.

http://www.digitalreview.ca/content/...ikon-D90.shtml

R31ncarnat3d made a great point about buying a lower body and spending more money on glass (Lenses). It all depends on your budget OP, do you have money for a zoom after buying one of these bodies with the kit 18-55? Either one of them will be great so it all comes down to which feels better in your hands really. I think for me I would go with the T2i because more and more I'm finding that Canon offers lenses that are more suitable to my needs that Nikon doesn't seam to make for a decent price. That combined with the stellar video capabilities, I know you say you won't use it but it's nice to have if ever you come across something a picture won't do justice.
I agree that the D90 is a bit better in terms of IQ, but I certainly wouldn't say that it's superior to the T2i. The D90 has a better burst, more accurate metering, and will probably have better ergonomics owing to the larger grip, but that's one of those things that's more subjective than objective.

I recommend that the OP get some face time with both cameras.
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Sadly I don't know anyone that owns either cameras and I was reading through that review that was posted and it said that the D90 had a better sensor than the T2i. And I know the video capabilities are better than that of the D90 but I'm sure whatever the D90 is capable of which I think is 720p video, is sufficient for my needs xD Any suggestions on which one to buy? Both cost around 750 dollars with the kit lens. And additional lenses may come later, I have plenty of time to see how my needs will be filled with the stock.
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Like GoneTomorrow and I said, the image quality difference is minor. It's there, but it's not substantial and unless you pixel peep, you won't notice it.

If you don't care about small differences like that (honestly, I don't myself) and you don't care for the difference in video, then just go to Best Buy and try both cameras out in your hand and pick the one that feels the most comfortable. Honestly, you can't go wrong with either one and since the biggest noticeable difference between the two are the ergonomics, why not base your choice on that? Unlike the image quality or video, it's something that's so noticeably different that you'd feel it everytime you pick up your camera.
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