Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D800

100

Nikon D90

67

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,797 body only

$2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,385 - $2,497 body only

$2,971 - $3,197 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,190 - $2,499 body only

$2,699 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$460 body only

$369 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Better image quality
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$788 - $997 body only

$1,076 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$440 body only

$1,220 with 18-105mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Shutter lag More shutter lag

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