• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D90 advantages over Canon T5i

  • 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 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    977 vs 681 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.5 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer battery life
    More info 850 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.63x vs 0.51x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • More kit lens zoom
    5.8x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Canon T5i 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.
  • 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
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    791g vs 1133g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • 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 Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes; Improved kit lens; Even more affordable.

  • Little-changed from the earlier T4i; Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Nikon D90
Canon T4i
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $642
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • More kit lens zoom

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 T5i
Canon 50D
  • $642
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D300S

Nikon D90
Nikon D300S
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1248
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic Jack
Canon T5i
Nikon D300S
  • $642
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $1248
  • 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 T5i
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $642
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D90
Nikon D5200
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon T5i
Nikon D5200
  • $642
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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