As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D90 is also often compared to pro DSLRs. The Nikon D90's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5300 and the D300S) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS 70D)

Competitor classes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D90 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it significantly larger viewfinder (0.63x vs 0.54x), has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 1500 ms), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror), has much less shutter lag (208 ms vs 273 ms) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (930k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP) and it's body is not weather sealed.

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
5 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D90)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D90)

  • Much 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
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 930k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D90)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.63x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the T3i and D90

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years newer
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11
  • Weather sealed

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 D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

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
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • 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
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
6 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 930k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D90)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and D90

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.63x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • 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 records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 400 ms) and is slightly smaller (professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs large (147×123×77 mm)).

However, on average it it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.5 fps vs 6.3 fps), lacks and external mic jack, has much more shutter lag (208 ms vs 131 ms) and has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 51).

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
1 year newer
$1,755 (body only)
$2,299 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the D90)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the D90)

  • Heavier: 938 g vs 703 g

common strengths of the D300S and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,755.00 vs $449.00

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
4 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D90)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 70D and D90

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $449.00

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
similar age
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D90)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.63x

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the D90)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Large (147×123×77 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 1,074 g vs 703 g

common strengths of the D700 and D90

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,590.99 vs $449.00
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
1 year older
$465 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D90)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 4.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D90)

  • None found

common strengths of the D300 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $465.14 vs $449.00

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
2 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D90)

  • Weather sealed
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second
  • Thinner: 2.9" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D90)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 930k dots

common strengths of the D200 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $332.24 vs $449.00

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
similar age
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the D90)

  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6.3 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the D90)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 50D and D90

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $531.59 vs $449.00