Updated (August 2008): Compare the Nikon D700 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D700

96

Nikon D90

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
197 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

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 D700.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D700 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,797 body only

$2,297 with 24-120mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,076 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,497 body only

$1,997 with 24-85mm lens

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

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$460 body only

$350 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Better image quality
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,076 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$440 body only

$1,220 with 18-105mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Shutter lag More shutter lag

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Thebox4mail (11:29 PM, November 16, 2011)
Hi,

I have D90, and I capture indoors sport photography by using Speed priority mode (S), focus = AF-C,  3D tracking (11 points), shutter speed = 1/400, ISO = Auto, tripod, and remote control.
The images quality is excellent. 

Adi
 
Avatar for nancyschick nancyschick (5:34 AM, May 09, 2011)
I was looking for a camera for lowlight sports photography.My budget was $2000.I went for the D90.Though it is a good camera, it falls short for lowlight action photography.The ISO performance is bad above 1000, auto focus is inadequate with only 11 points.Now I realise that a full frame sensor camera like D700 is required for my needs.The budget should be increased to around $5,000 for buying the camera and couple of lenses. Others can let me know their thoughts and experiences….Thanks.
 
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