Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 50D

Winner
Nikon D90

98

Canon EOS 50D

86

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
977 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
73.0
Great color depth
Color depth
22.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,299 body only

$1,499 with 18-135mm lens

Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$649 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

Canon EOS 50D Competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 body only

$752 with 18-135mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$425 - $649 body only

$517 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$317 - $649 body only

$376 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
True resolution Higher true resolution
Weather sealed No weather sealing

discussion

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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.