Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D3200

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Nikon D90

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 73.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 132×103×77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$299.95 vs $699.87
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (2.3x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.52x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200400 ms
              D90300 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D320012,800 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D320095%
              D9096%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D32004 fps
              D904.5 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D32001080p @ 30fps
              D90720p @ 24fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thinner
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $370 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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              Avatar for Karlos Karlos (8:23 PM, June 18, 2015)
              Nikon D90 was a good camera in the past, but now it is very old and have a low number of megapixel, also it is still expansive, the only good thing in it is the in build focus motor.
              While Nikon D3200 is New (come in 2012) and have almost all the latest DSLR technology + low price so you can invest in lenses and tripod ...
              see more comparison between Nikon D3200 and other cameras in its range includ the D90 at: http://nikond3200news.blogspot(DOT)com/2014/06/nikon-d3200-is-it-best-dslr-camera-for-beginner.html [replace (DOT) with point . ]
               
              Leo (4:35 PM, September 20, 2013)
              I think the D3200 scored extra points on non-important features such as weight, size, price, etc, but D90 is still much better camera than the D3200, specially if you don't care about recording videos.
               
              MickeyD (7:57 PM, April 25, 2013)
              The D90 is a better body all the way around, you can use the older " D " type lenses than the newer AF-S lenses that have a built in motor in the lens body, this is where you pay more for the same type of lens and Nikon built the D3000,D3100,D3200,D5000,D5100,D5200 bodies do not the built-in motor in the camera body so you are forced to buy these AF-S lenses just about twice the price of the older "D" type lenses. If you want to start with an Entry Level body and do not care about the price of lenses then bye all means buy a D3200 camera system, you will enjoy every moment. Good Luck with your Decision!
               
              0-o (3:17 AM, April 01, 2013)
              I think the D90 is much more better for the extra features and good body material and ergonomics :) .