• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • $954 Average Retail $1300 MSRP
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • $598 Average Retail $1000 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D90 over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Lens zoom ratio
    5.8x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 2.80 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    850 vs 510 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

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
  • More cross-type AF points
    3 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.138 vs 0.208 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher boost ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher boost ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Review Excerpt

  • 24.3-megapixel sensor; Capable of 10 fps; Comfortable, relatively small and light body; Full HD video recording.

  • Not available before completion of review.

  • We haven’t reviewed the Sony A65.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D300S

Nikon D90
Nikon D300S
  • $954
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
Sony A65
Nikon D300S
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1463
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D90
Canon 7D
  • $954
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Fast startup
  • $1341
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Sony A65
Canon 7D
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1341
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D7000

Nikon D90
Nikon D7000
  • $954
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $952
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Sony A65
Nikon D7000
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $952
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D90
Canon T3i
  • $954
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
Sony A65
Canon T3i
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D90
Nikon D5200
  • $954
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Fast startup
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More cross-type AF points
Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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