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 D7000 and the D3200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T5i 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 0.55x), 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 238 ms).

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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years newer
$1,192 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 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 D7200

Nikon D7200
6 years newer
$749 - $797 (body only)
$1,097 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 D3400

Nikon D3400
8 years newer
$397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D90)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 850 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D90)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.55x vs 0.63x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D3400 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Built-in focus motor

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
5 years newer
$439 (body only)
$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 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 22.3 bits), has much wider dynamic range (12.5 EV vs 11.6 EV), lets you preview your photos on the screen and has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 700 ms).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (977 ISO vs 2,956 ISO), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 20 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
6 years newer
$1,419 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,899 - $1,997 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D90)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 93.0 vs 73.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.8 bits vs 22.7 bits

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 D200

Nikon D200
2 years older
$1,700 18-70mm lens

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

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 583 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 64.0 vs 73.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.3 bits vs 22.7 bits

common strengths of the D200 and D90

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.5 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
1 year newer
$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 70D

Canon EOS 70D
4 years newer
$1,389 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D90)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D90)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 926 ISO vs 977 ISO
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 70D and D90

  • Extremely good image quality: 68.0 vs 73.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 12.5 EV

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
similar age
$534 (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)

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 1300 ms), much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 20 lenses) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.63x vs 0.70x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 18.4 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Nikon 1 S2

Nikon 1 S2
5 years newer
$378 (body only)

Significant advantages of the S2 (vs the D90)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Much smaller: Compact (101×61×29 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Much lighter: 190 g vs 703 g

Significant disadvantages of the S2 (vs the D90)

  • Much shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 850 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the S2 and D90

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 V3
5 years newer
$1,200 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 V3 (vs the D90)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 1 V3 (vs the D90)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 850 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 1 V3 and D90

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
5 years newer
$444 - $448 (body only)
$525 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D90)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D90)

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

common strengths of the A6000 and D90

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.70x vs 0.63x
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • 24p support

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1
3 years newer
$495 (body only)

Significant advantages of the V1 (vs the D90)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the V1 (vs the D90)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 850 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the V1 and D90

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Incredible startup delay: 1300 ms vs 300 ms
  • Incredible shutter lag: 97 ms vs 208 ms