• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D90 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.50 vs 4.11 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 65 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 70D advantages over Nikon D90

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    19 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    14 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.7 fps vs 4.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 5.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers full-time continuous autofocus (with phase detect at every pixel in framing area) for video and Live View still shooting; Full HD (1080p) video recording with pro-level features and quality; Improved resolution and good high ISO performance; Excellent Wi-Fi remote shooting with full exposure controls; 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen.

  • Image quality only improved slightly over 60D; Dynamic range still lags behind competing models; May not feature enough upgrades to convince people to step up from 60D.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Nikon D90
Nikon D7100
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Shoots 60p video
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 50D

Nikon D90
Canon 50D
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Canon 70D
Canon 50D
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D300S

Nikon D90
Nikon D300S
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1418
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic Jack
Canon 70D
Nikon D300S
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $1418
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Nikon D90
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon 70D
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D90
Pentax K-3
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $725
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $994
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $725
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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