Just-announced Nikon D90 vs. just-reduced Canon EOS 40D

Now that Nikon has finally announced the long-awaited Nikon D90--just days after Canon announced the EOS 50D, dropping the price on its predecessor the 40D--the big question on many people's minds is "should I buy a Nikon D90 or a Canon 40D?" Or, "what will $99.05 buy me?"

Just-announced Nikon D90 vs. just-reduced Canon EOS 40D

Now that Nikon has finally announced the long-awaited Nikon D90--just days after Canon announced the EOS 50D, dropping the price on its predecessor the 40D--the big question on many people's minds is "should I buy a Nikon D90 or a Canon 40D?" Or, "what will $99.05 buy me?"

So, without further ado, a quick comparison of the specs (the big standout being that the D90 is the first DSLR to shoot video):

Nikon D90 Canon EOS 40D
Price $995.99 (body-only) $1099 (body-only)
Sensor 12.3 megapixels15.8x23.6mm CMOS 10.1 megapixels14.8x22.2mm CMOS
Continuous Shooting Speed 4.5 fps 6.5 fps
LCD 3-inch, 920,000 pixels 3-inch, 230,000 pixels
Autofocus 11-point 9-point
Sensitivity ISO 100-6400 ISO 100-3200
Live View Yes Yes
Live View Face Detection Yes No
Movie Mode YES!!! No
Dimensions 5.2x4.1x3.0 inches 5.7x4.2x2.9 inches
Weight 22 oz 26.1 oz
DPReview has a good hands-on preview of the D90 (pre-production) here, including a specs comparison with the Nikon D80. (See also their Canon 40D review.)