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

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
930k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
208 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

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 D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$3,538 with 18-105mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Focus points Many more focus points
Lowest price Much more expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$550 body only

$329 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$397 body only

$479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price More expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$549 body only

$729 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Significantly more expensive

discussion

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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.