• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000

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Advantages

Nikon D90 over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 2.80 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.50 vs 3.95 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    850 vs 510 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    5.8x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Sony A65 over Nikon D90

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    3 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
    24.3 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.138 vs 0.208 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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Review Excerpt

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
Sony A65
Canon 7D
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1365
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D90
Nikon D7000
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • External Mic
Sony A65
Nikon D7000
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D90
Canon T3i
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
Sony A65
Canon T3i
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5100

Nikon D90
Nikon D5100
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • $590
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
Sony A65
Nikon D5100
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $590
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A77

Nikon D90
Sony A77
  • $809
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A65
Sony A77
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher max flash sync
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