Updated (August 2008): Compare the Nikon D3 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D3 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D3

133

Nikon D90

98

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D3 Competitors

Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$106 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

$777 body only

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,497 body only

$1,965 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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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!