Updated (September 2008): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Nikon D90

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Nikon D90

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

100

Nikon D90

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,058 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,100 - $2,299 body only

$2,639 - $2,899 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$2,942 - $3,299 body only

$3,499 - $4,199 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price More expensive

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$410 body only

$574 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

discussion

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Otávio Pacheco (3:00 PM, February 22, 2011)
There's an important point to consider: the rolling shutter effect. This makes a giant difference between the D90 and 5D - I have both cameras and to make movies the D90 is almost unusable, the rolling shutter effect destroy the image quality. I guess this is the biggest difference between them both.