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

Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
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

$999 body only

Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
Size Significantly smaller
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,480 - $1,497 body only

$1,658 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,495 body only

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$471 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Autofocus Video autofocus
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $997 body only

$1,072 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$899 body only

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Overall image quality Better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag

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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!