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
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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

$1,178 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$3,299 body only

$4,049 with 24-70mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Thickness Slightly thicker
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,033 - $2,299 body only

$2,399 - $2,899 with 24-105mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$403 body only

$470 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Video autofocus
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$804 - $997 body only

$1,074 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

discussion

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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.