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

81

Nikon D90

67

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
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

$1,269 - $1,399 body only

$1,679 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,249 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,050 - $1,199 body only

$1,194 - $1,349 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$849 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Startup delay More startup delay
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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.