As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D90 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D90's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3100 and the D300S) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3 and the EOS Rebel T5)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D90 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (930k dots vs 230k dots), significantly larger viewfinder (0.63x vs 0.54x), has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 500 ms), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has much less shutter lag (208 ms vs 273 ms).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39).

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years newer
$329 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 505 g vs 703 g

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D90)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 930k dots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.63x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D3100 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$358 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the D90)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.52x vs 0.63x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D3200 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years newer
$3,532 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D90)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7000 and D90

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.63x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
5 years newer
$500 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D90)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.63x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D5300 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 years newer
$399 (body only)
$395 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D90)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.55x vs 0.63x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D3300 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$350 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D90)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.63x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D5100 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D90 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (73.0 vs 70.0), has much more color depth (22.7 bits vs 22.5 bits), has much wider dynamic range (12.5 EV vs 11.7 EV), has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 400 ms) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (977 ISO vs 2,979 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.5 fps vs 7 fps).

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
1 year newer
$1,895 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the D90)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Weather sealed
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 787 ISO vs 977 ISO

common strengths of the D300S and D90

  • Extremely good image quality: 70.0 vs 73.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 12.5 EV

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
1 year older
$1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D90)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 679 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 22.7 bits

common strengths of the D300 and D90

  • Extremely good image quality: 67.0 vs 73.0
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12 EV vs 12.5 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D400

Nikon D400
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the D400 (vs the D90)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D400 (vs the D90)

  • None found

common strengths of the D400 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Built-in focus motor
  • Light weight: 800 g vs 703 g

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
1 year older
$2,123 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the D90)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 703 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 64.0 vs 73.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 22.7 bits

common strengths of the 40D and D90

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 12.5 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
5 years newer
$1,950 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,515 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D90)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D810 and D90

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,979 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 96.0 vs 73.0
  • Excellent color depth: 25.7 bits vs 22.7 bits

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year newer
$1,660 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D90)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Weather sealed
  • Higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 854 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 22.7 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 73.0

common strengths of the 7D and D90

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 12.5 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D90 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), records movies in 24p, has significantly less startup delay (300 ms vs 1900 ms), has significantly less shutter lag (208 ms vs 670 ms) and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 58 lenses).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (96% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the D90)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Much lighter: 287 g vs 703 g

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the D90)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the NEX-5 and D90

  • Minimal startup delay: 1000 ms vs 300 ms

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
8 years newer
$799 - $899 (body only)
$899 - $1,199 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the D90)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the D90)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 850 shots

common strengths of the X-T20 and D90

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the D90)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the D90)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the 5N and D90

  • 24p support
  • Great battery life: 460 shots vs 850 shots