• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800

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Advantages

Nikon D90 over Canon 70D

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.70 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)

Canon 70D over Nikon D90

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • 60p
    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 vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    14 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    19 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Less shutter lag
    0.075 vs 0.208 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 20 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 5.8x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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Review Excerpt

  • 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
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $947
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $947
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D90
Canon 7D
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1365
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 70D
Canon 7D
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1365
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D90
Nikon D7000
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
Canon 70D
Nikon D7000
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D90
Canon T3i
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
Canon 70D
Canon T3i
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
  • $399
  • APS-C

Compared to Pentax K-3

Nikon D90
Pentax K-3
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $814
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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