Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D3200

100

Nikon D90

96

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
 

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D3200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$471 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$400 body only

$389 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Much longer battery life
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$318 - $699 body only

$367 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Weight Slightly lighter
True resolution Much lower true resolution

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$471 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $997 body only

$1,072 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

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

discussion

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Avatar for Mark Ansley Mark Ansley (2:24 AM, March 23, 2017)
Higher megapixels is never a good argument. It really depends on the the project you are working on. If you are focusing on portrait photos, it wouldn't benefit you at all with a higher pixel ratio - unless you wanted to blow up the photo to a poster.
 
Avatar for Aqmillambung GS Aqmillambung GS (4:17 PM, November 24, 2015)
i think d90 the easyly camera to setting.... andnow i must upgrade my dslr to get more focus point in camera. Any suggestion?
 
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 :) .