For Nikonians who want a hinged and tilting LCD, the D5000 is the only option. Plus you get video, 4-fps burst shooting, speedy AF, and sensitivity out to ISO 6400.
Standout Spec: The price—it offers (almost) everything the D90 has but costs a bit less.
Camera Test: Nikon D5000
Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D5000
Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G
Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18–105mm f/3.5–5.6G ED
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 10–24mm f/3.5–4.5G ED
NIKON AF-S MICRO-NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED DX VR