Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 50D

Winner
Nikon D90

100

Canon EOS 50D

87

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 50D.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D90 Competitors

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Nikon Z 6

Boutique

$1,997 - $2,594

Focus points Many more focus points
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$472 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,568 with 55-200mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

Canon EOS 50D Competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$708 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D

Pro DSLR

$328 body only

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$319 body only

$393 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Weather sealed No weather sealing

discussion

Nikon D90
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Alwynjsmi (6:48 AM, May 14, 2012)
Look, handling, ergonomics and so forth are all things that various ppl will have a different opinion on. Some will like the Canon feel and look, others will like the Nikon. Some will like that horrible cactus plant from whence tequila comes, others will like sucking on Spongebob. Each to their own in other words. I have the D90 and have had the 60d which I returned because of build quality issues. Now, had the 50d been available when I got the D90, I may have gone for the 50d instead. Magnesium alloy body, 1/8000, 6.3fps. But then I would still have had to deal with Canon's couldn't care less attitude so this is a tough one. Product wise (for me) I'd say 50d, but no one would go wrong with either 50d or D90. After sales service though; I prefer the 'we value you spending your hard earned cash on us' as opposed to the 'whatever' approach
 
Masih Akbarzadeh (8:50 AM, May 04, 2012)
dislike...
 
Krampfader_2005 (7:44 AM, October 09, 2011)
Bought a D90 for a colleague (had some old nikkor lenses) I tested it and compared to 50D, which is mine, 50d is slightly better.
Better user interface, higher resolution. No video.
 
Sunny Gill (7:59 AM, September 06, 2011)
50d is better in many ways ,sport photography,nature,wild life and it is mag alloy body which is very good and in look also it seems better then d90  i used d90 i like it very much but canon has true colors ill prefer d50
 
Eneleh99 (6:10 PM, June 02, 2011)
i looove my d90... it's built like like a tank, it fell yesterday and nothing happened to it!! its amazing! im still shooting away... im glad i bought nikon d90 instead of canon 60d...it would have been a wreck right now..and i would be drowning in tears...
 
Russell (9:05 AM, March 16, 2011)
Canon 50D is the smarter one.