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 D3400 and the D300) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T5 and the EOS 50D)

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 0.52x), 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), lacks and external mic jack, is older (august 2008 vs january 2014) and is slightly larger (professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs prosumer size (124×98×76 mm)).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
8 years newer
$309 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$475 (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 D7200

Nikon D7200
6 years newer
$629 - $939 (body only)
$997 - $1,016 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
$329 (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
  • 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
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 years newer
$475 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D90)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • 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
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$361 (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

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 much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (930k dots vs 230k dots), lets you preview your photos on the screen and has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 400 ms).

However, on average it it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.5 fps vs 8 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 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)

  • 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
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
similar age
$516 (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)
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
1 year older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the D90)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 6.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • 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 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)
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year newer
$1,099 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D90)

  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D90)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 7D and D90

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS-1D Mark II

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4 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D Mark II (vs the D90)

  • Shoots much faster: 8.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Significantly better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D Mark II (vs the D90)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 930k dots

common strengths of the EOS-1D Mark II and D90

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S5 Pro (vs the D90)

  • 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 S5 Pro (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 S5 Pro and D90

  • Built-in flashes

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D90 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (930k dots vs 460k dots), has a viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), records movies in 24p, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a built-in focus motor.

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 24.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 5N and D90

  • Inexpensive: $715.25 vs $499.00

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
6 years newer
$398 (body only)
$400 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D90)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (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 A5100 and D90

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $398.00 vs $499.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5T (vs the D90)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Professional size (132×103×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the 5T (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 5T and D90

  • Inexpensive: $930.17 vs $499.00

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6
4 years newer
$297 (body only)
$783 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL6 (vs the D90)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL6 (vs the D90)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • No 24p support
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 930k dots

common strengths of the E-PL6 and D90

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $296.80 vs $499.00