As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D90 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and pro digicams. The Nikon D90's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D300 and the D3200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T2i and the Rebel T3i)

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 slightly 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 252 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), it's body is not weather sealed, lacks and external mic jack and has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$680 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

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 D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years newer
$1,190 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Many more focus points: 39 vs 11
  • 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 D7200

Nikon D7200
6 years newer
$769 - $997 (body only)
$865 - $1,297 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

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years newer
$159 (body only)
$550 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much 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
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (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 an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (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 T2i and D90

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$1,545 55-200mm lens

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

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 higher resolution screen (930k dots vs 230k dots), 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 professional size (147×114×74 mm)).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 15.1 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.5 fps vs 6 fps), lacks and external mic jack and has much more shutter lag (208 ms vs 131 ms).

Nikon D300

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

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)

  • Heavier: 925 g vs 703 g

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
  • Inexpensive: $1,799.00 vs $599.00

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
similar age
$514 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the D90)

  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6.3 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • Higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP

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: $513.65 vs $599.00

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
1 year newer
$1,897 (body only)
$1,899 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: $1,897.29 vs $599.00

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
3 years older
$3,000 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the D90)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.63x
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (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 5D and D90

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
1 year older
$321 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the D90)

  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • Thinner: 2.9" vs 3"
  • 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 lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 930k dots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 40D 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: $321.03 vs $599.00

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
6 years newer
$1,339 - $1,397 (body only)
$1,719 - $1,897 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D90)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D90

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $1,338.69 vs $599.00
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 703 g

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 much less startup delay (300 ms vs 1900 ms), has much less shutter lag (208 ms vs 670 ms) and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.5 fps vs 10 fps).

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
4 years newer
$660 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (vs the D90)

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

common strengths of the 5R and D90

  • Inexpensive: $659.99 vs $599.00

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
3 years newer
$599 - $799 (body only)
$999 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 (vs the D90)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 (vs the D90)

  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the E-M5 and D90

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Incredible startup delay: 1100 ms vs 300 ms
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
7 years newer
$781 (body only)

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the D90)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the D90)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 850 shots

common strengths of the E-M10 II and D90

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $780.65 vs $599.00

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
5 years newer
$398 - $425 (body only)
$448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D90)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D90)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 850 shots

common strengths of the A6000 and D90

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Inexpensive: $398.00 vs $599.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year newer

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

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

  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the NEX-5 and D90

  • Incredible startup delay: 1000 ms vs 300 ms

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the D90)

  • Much more startup delay: 1900 ms vs 300 ms
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the 5N and D90

  • Great battery life: 460 shots vs 850 shots
  • Inexpensive: $717.02 vs $599.00

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D90 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (850 shots vs 360 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs tunnel).

However, on average it is slightly larger (professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs mid size (109×76×40 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.5 fps vs 10 fps) and much less viewfinder coverage (96% vs 100%).

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
5 years newer
$510

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the D90)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
  • Much longer exposures: 250 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the D90)

  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 850 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the G16 and D90

  • Very long battery life: 360 shots vs 850 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentaprism