• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Nikon D90 over Nikon D7000

  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 19 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon D7000 over Nikon D90

  • Longer battery life
    1050 vs 850 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
    16.2 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Newer
    5 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • 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

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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 Canon 50D

Nikon D90
Canon 50D
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon D7000
Canon 50D
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • External Mic Jack
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Nikon D90
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D7000
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Top deck display
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A500

Nikon D90
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D7000
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Top deck display
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-5

Nikon D90
Pentax K-5
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D90
Canon T3i
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon D7000
Canon T3i
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
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