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

Nikon D3 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D3

172

Nikon D90

127

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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 D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Movie format Shoots movies
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$68 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,299 body only

Startup delay Much less startup delay
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$424 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$623 body only

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller 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!