• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • $849 Average Retail $1300 MSRP
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $1132 Average Retail $1500 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D90 over Nikon D7000

  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.40 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment

Nikon D7000 over Nikon D90

  • 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
    16.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • 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
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs; Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files; Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body; 6 fps burst mode.

  • Viewfinder not as accurate as specified; Viewfinder doesn't show ISO unless adjusting; No live histogram in Live View mode; No phase-detect Live View AF mode.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D300S

Nikon D90
Nikon D300S
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
Nikon D7000
Nikon D300S
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • 1080p
  • More pixels
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D90
Canon 7D
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1289
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
Nikon D7000
Canon 7D
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More AF points
  • $1289
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D90
Canon T3i
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
Nikon D7000
Canon T3i
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Kit lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D5100

Nikon D90
Nikon D5100
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $584
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
Nikon D7000
Nikon D5100
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
  • $584
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D90
Sony A65
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D7000
Sony A65
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
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