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

Great color depth
Color depth
22.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
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 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.


Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$466 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$899 body only

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $997 body only

$1,073 - $1,297 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

$325 body only

$355 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$515 body only

$450 with 18-55mm lens

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$432 - $649 body only

$560 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

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


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Showing 10 comments

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.