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 D7000 and the D5100) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS 60D)

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 has a slightly higher resolution screen (930k dots vs 230k dots), significantly larger viewfinder (0.63x vs 0.55x), 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), it's body is not weather sealed, lacks and external mic jack and has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39).

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years newer
$849 18-55mm 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 D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$350 (body only)
$647 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 years newer
$399 (body only)
$397 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 D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$300 (body only)
$419 18-55mm lens

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 D7200

Nikon D7200
6 years newer
$749 - $997 (body only)
$1,029 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D90)

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

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
$640 18-55mm lens

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

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 22.2 bits), has much wider dynamic range (12.5 EV vs 11.5 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 2,925 ISO), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 17.9 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, lacks and external mic jack and has much more shutter lag (208 ms vs 131 ms).

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
1 year older
$1,299 (body only)
$1,499 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

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
2 years newer
$790 (body only)
$1,499 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D90)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 22.7 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 73.0

common strengths of the 60D and D90

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.5 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
similar age
$553 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the D90)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 696 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 63.0 vs 73.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 22.7 bits

common strengths of the 50D and D90

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.4 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 D300S

Nikon D300S
1 year newer
$1,291 (body only)
$1,899 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

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
1 year older
$1,199 (body only)
$1,599 17-85mm lens

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 D610

Nikon D610
5 years newer
$1,179 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,900 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D90)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D90)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D610 and D90

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 94.0 vs 73.0
  • Excellent color depth: 25.1 bits vs 22.7 bits