• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Nikon D90 over Canon T3i

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 1.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.50 vs 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    850 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    20 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

Canon T3i over Nikon D90

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 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
    18.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

The Competition

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 T3i
Canon 7D
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight
  • $1365
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D90
Nikon D7000
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5100

Nikon D90
Nikon D5100
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • $590
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $590
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D90
Canon T5i
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon T3i
Canon T5i
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-50

Nikon D90
Pentax K-50
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • HDMI out
  • $370
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3i
Pentax K-50
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $370
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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