Updated (February 2010): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T2i vs Nikon D90

Nikon D90 vs Canon Rebel T2i

Nikon D90


Canon EOS Rebel T2i



Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
208 ms shutter lag

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.


Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$719 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$935 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Lowest price Much cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$459 body only

$579 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Lowest price Much cheaper
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$481 - $649 body only

$578 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Color depth Worse color depth


Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
Around 30% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 930k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
Around 20% thinner
Significantly lighter
530 g vs 703 g
More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
The T2i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 784 ISO
The D90 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 66.0
More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.54x
Around 40% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 440 shots
More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 252 ms
Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
Around 30% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
Almost the same
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
Almost the same
Lowest price
$756.90 vs $898.00
The best price we've seen is $141 cheaper (around 20% less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
Set focus accurately within the frame
Nikon D90 Learn more about
the Nikon D90


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T2i220 lenses
              D90230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T2i400 ms
              D90300 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T2i12,800 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i6,400 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i17.9 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i3.7 fps
              D904.5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T2i1080p @ 30fps
              D90720p @ 24fps




              Nikon D90 Canon EOS Rebel T2i
              Nikon D90 Canon EOS Rebel T2i
              Nikon D90 Canon EOS Rebel T2i


              Nikon D90

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              Canon EOS Rebel T2i
              Rebel T2i

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              coke (2:59 AM, March 26, 2012)
              duh... its the rebel series! try comparing d90 to like the canon 5d or 7d even! nikon not close!!!
              MAX (4:58 PM, March 04, 2011)
              the t2i over compensates for things the human eye cant even tell the difference. you have to consider your output before buying your input. more megapixels dosent mean better photos.
              Brandon (2:13 AM, February 02, 2011)
              The T2i couldnt keep up with the D90 and the D90 is two years old. Nikon is that far ahead of Canon
              Steve (7:00 AM, January 17, 2011)
              Canons are used by 70% of all pros....you figure out why!
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:15 PM, January 15, 2011)
              The D90 actually as a slight edge in low light performance, the extra f/stop in ISO doesn't mean much.
              hohllp (8:59 PM, January 15, 2011)
              From my searching the D90 is cheaper than the T2i. At least from photoprice.ca w/ the 18-55 lens.
              ProPhotographer (3:15 AM, January 13, 2011)
              Its funny how the T2i was compared to the D90 and still kept up with it. It is suppose to compare against Nikon's D3000/3100 series cameras...Not fair, but T2i kicked ass. Good job on the comparison. I wish i never bought the D90 after seeing this...embarrassed
              D90sux (3:09 AM, January 13, 2011)
              Not for the price...T2i is by far the better value for the all-around performance over the D90. Especially in maximum light sensitivity which is 1 f-stop better, boost ISO is 1 f-stop better, more lens availability, and better HD recording. Save a few hundred bucks and get better lens...
              Rosé (10:17 PM, November 27, 2010)
              How come D90's score lowered? I dont get it!
              Avatar for Joe Joe (9:19 AM, April 23, 2010)
              The new Canon EOS Rebel T2i is certainly an improvement over the previous EOS Rebel T1i with its higher resolution, large LCD 3:2 i-FCL to 63 areas and ample opportunity for Full HD video recording, but not sufficient in our opinion outpace the rival Nikon D90.

              If the video shoot for you is an important requirement for the superiority of the EOS Rebel T2i is clear, if the picture back is your main interest we think globally than the Nikon D90, which also offers its own decent chance of shooting video.

              If not already own a set of lenses of either brand or personal preferences toward any of them, we would like to recommend the D90 as the best buy between two cameras.