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

153

Nikon D90

127

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
Overall image quality
Great image quality
73.0
Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV

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

$999 - $1,025 body only

$1,399 - $2,299 with 24-105mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$949 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$1,999 - $2,349 body only

$2,599 - $2,699 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Weight Slightly heavier

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$440 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,275 with 18-200mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder size Slightly 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.