• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • $759 Average Retail $1300 MSRP
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $756 Average Retail $900 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D90 over Canon T5i

  • 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
  • Longer battery life
    850 vs 440 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    5.8x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Canon T5i 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
  • 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
    9 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
    18.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    17 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    791g vs 1133g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 20 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • $759
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Kit lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D300S

Nikon D90
Nikon D300S
  • $759
  • APS-C
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
Canon T5i
Nikon D300S
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D90
Canon 7D
  • $759
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1289
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon T5i
Canon 7D
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1289
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D90
Nikon D7000
  • $759
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
Canon T5i
Nikon D7000
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D90
Sony A58
  • $759
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon T5i
Sony A58
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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