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Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D3

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Nikon D90

70

Nikon D90

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,290 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,290 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D3 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D90
Battery life Much longer battery life 4300 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 5x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 73.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 9 fps vs 4.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 88 ms vs 208 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.63x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size Much smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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2.1x smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.5 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Much cheaper $629.00 vs $7,995.00
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The best price we've seen is $7,366 cheaper (12.7x less)
Weight Much lighter 703 g vs 1,300 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3:12.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3:None
              D90:720p @ 24fps

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,400 body only

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3 Competitors

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              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,800 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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              Ehsann Sharif (11:35 AM, September 16, 2011)
              that was very much helpful.
              I'm so glad I found this site...
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:10 AM, August 30, 2010)
              Thanks for pointing that out, sometimes the system matches a camera accessory instead of the camera itself, we'll get this fixed asap.
               
              Lunatic (8:17 AM, August 29, 2010)
              I believe you've got the wrong price for the D90. If you find one for 136€ that is working, BUY IT!