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

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D3200


Nikon D90



Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Really small
Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses


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


Nikon D3200 Competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$708 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$319 body only

$398 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,569 with 55-200mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Longer battery life
True resolution Much lower true resolution

Nikon D90 Competitors


Nikon Z 6


$1,997 - $2,594

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Focus points Many more focus points
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$472 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$3,515 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Lowest price Much more expensive


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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 :) .