Updated (April 2009): Compare the Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D90 vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D90

100

Nikon D5000

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Nikon D90 over the Nikon D5000.
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Nikon D5000 over the Nikon D90.

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5000.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$474 body only

$459 with 18-55mm lens

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S

Pro DSLR

$1,755 body only

$2,299 with 18-200mm lens

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$329 body only

$550 with 18-55mm lens

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$550 body only

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

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LeicaX (1:05 PM, May 29, 2014)
I own both cameras and they are two different machines. One is great for outdoors landscape D5000 and the other D90 is great for everyday purposes.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:58 PM, August 30, 2011)
Yes, I think you're right the D5000 does use the same sensor as the D90.   We're comparing high ISO benchmarks from DxOMark, that show the D90 has a slight edge, they are very close though.

Often cameras do use the same sensor, but get slightly different results, perhaps due to software, or other components in the camera.  For example I believe the Nikon D7000, Sony A580 and Pentax K-5 all use the same sensor.
 
Photography96 (10:54 AM, August 30, 2011)
are you sure that D5000 is noisy at high  ISO than D90? I thought D5000 had the same sensor as the D90 ? 
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:29 PM, March 12, 2011)
You're absolutely right, thanks, we've fixed that up.
 
Fuzzyhead (9:31 AM, March 12, 2011)
As both D5000 and D90 uses the same MULTICAM 1000 for autofocus, Nikon D5000 has only one cross-type focus point.