• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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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 2.8 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
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • More kit lens zoom
    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
  • Shoots 60p video
    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
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    15 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lighter weight
    846g vs 1133g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D90
Canon 7D
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $1212
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
Sony A65
Canon 7D
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1212
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 60D

Nikon D90
Canon 60D
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
Sony A65
Canon 60D
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $513
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D90
Nikon D7000
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • More cross-type AF points
Sony A65
Nikon D7000
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $723
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D90
Canon T3i
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
Sony A65
Canon T3i
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $395
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5100

Nikon D90
Nikon D5100
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $437
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic Jack
Sony A65
Nikon D5100
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $437
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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