Updated (September 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90

Winner
Nikon D7000

82

Nikon D90

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.

competitors

Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,100 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$650 - $697 body only

$997 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$597 body only

$540 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$452 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$789 - $997 body only

$1,100 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

discussion

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Mike (1:28 AM, November 24, 2014)
In the "Similarities" section under "Common Weaknesses" it lists Poor Movies as a weakness...... 1080p @ 24 fps is surely close to as good as it gets without purchasing a dedicated pro digital video recorder? The two suggested purchases for shooting video both have lower quality video....
 
sachin (11:11 AM, October 27, 2014)
im confused...which to buy D7000 or D90?
 
sachin (11:10 AM, October 27, 2014)
im confused...which to buy D3200 or D5100?
 
Avatar for Deep Das Deep Das (6:43 AM, October 18, 2013)
D7000 is a just a beautiful and brilliant camera.It belongs to the newer
generation like D800, D4 etc.Please dont underestimate the power of
D7000.Currently for cropped body this is best and is a true beast.D7000
is a professional camera too if you are a professional photographer.I
exchanged D7000 for D90 because of its champion response for low
light.Also with D90 i found it very difficult to get correctly exposed
image with F1.4 lenses as the minimum shutter speed of D90 is 1/4000s and i had to step down to 1.8 or even higher unless i use ND filter
 
Akelnw (11:39 PM, September 14, 2013)
I think D7000 acceptable with this price and useful verymore D90
 
Avatar for Albert Llubit Albert Llubit (2:21 AM, August 08, 2013)
i just wanna know,the difference between canon powershot A2600 and

Victor Camcorder Vc-11.but i think its missing in here.(snapsort)
i want to know difference with all of their features.(including light sensitivity and frames per second)PLEASE REPLY!!!!!
 
Sarath (4:25 PM, November 02, 2012)
hi guys am a bigginer , i need to know that which one gives the better quality pics ? D90 or D7000 , can u guys plz help me......
 
Alwyn (3:41 PM, September 20, 2012)
Not quite sure if someone else commented. but the D90 also has video. Under reasons to buy D7000 you have that as a plus for the D7000. I just recently replaced my D90 with a D7000. If I could have the same warranty as I now have with the D7000 (5 years in South Africa) then I would have bought another D90 instead of the D7000. Don't be fooled by the megapixel race. 12 is enough. Also, don't be fooled by all this AF hoohah. All I'm gaining from the D7000 is the partial magnesium alloy body with weather sealing, increased frame rate and dual card slots. The D90 is a damn fine camera and will stay a damn fine camera until they take it off the market. For those wandering if it's still ok to go for instead of the D3100, 3200, 5100 ask yourself what you need from the camera. Do you need to join the mp race? You'll need better glass for that to see a real benefit. Don''t be fooled by it like I was at first. The D90 has built in AF motor and built in flash commander unit which the other 3 I mentioned don't. Just a pity the warranty isn't the same here as with the D7000.
 
Un1qu3 (1:48 PM, May 05, 2012)
Under "Reasons to get the D90" it says "has a built-in focus motor - works with a greater number of lenses".
Well, so does the D7000.
 
Mariusz (9:51 AM, April 07, 2012)
 I was upgrading from D80 and the choice I made was the same. And the reason the same too ;-)
 
Songyi (4:06 AM, February 28, 2012)
The D7000 was made to replace and eventually phase out the D90. The D5000 was an upgrade from the D60 (as the D3000 for the D40/D40X)
 
Avatar for Ccashbha Ccashbha (4:13 AM, October 19, 2011)
Isn't Nikon D7000 a new line up of Nikon and not a replacement of the D90 or any past DSLR?? Atleast thats what nikon said..something like how the D5000 came to be with swivel LCD..just a new line up.. confuse here 0.o
 
Jimkartubi (3:25 PM, October 10, 2011)
D7000 sensor made by sony, D90 too.... except D3, D700, D3S, & D3100 the sensor made by nikon,
its that true?
 
Jimkartubi (3:19 PM, October 10, 2011)
D3S not D3D sorry...:D
 
Jimkartubi (3:17 PM, October 10, 2011)
D7000 sensor make sony, D90 too...except D3, D3D, & D3100.. it's that true???
 
Debsander1 (5:18 AM, August 27, 2011)
So glad to have found this site & particularly this discussion. Trying to decide between these 2 Nikons. Main hold-back against the D7000? I've read about some AF problems and other owners reporting OIL splashes/droplets inside the lens. ???

At least the D90 has been around long enough to have any bugs worked out. (And I haven't heard of any, actually.)

Can anyone confirm/refute these ugly rumors I've heard about the D7000?
 
Richard (11:33 PM, February 13, 2011)
I was torn between these two, upgrading from my D70S. I went for the D90 because of cost. I couldn't justify the extra £400 for the newer 7000 even with its improved features - the D90 doing very well and on its own being a good step up from the 70s.

One significant feature is sensor cleaning which they both have. The 7000 also records movies for longer with focusing. On the 90 it's small snapshot movies but won't replace a camcorder. So the 7000 is the more polished and more complete product, but the 90 is very good and at the moment the price is the big decider.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:19 PM, November 29, 2010)
Nhan Ngo recently decided between the D90 or D7000, he wrote:

I was faced with the same decision a month ago: D90 or D7000?

Because it was my first DSLR, I ended up buying a D90 for $680 CAD. The D7000 was nearly twice as much at $1250 CAD. Although the performance of the D7000 is superb, I was on a tight budget and wanted the best bang for my buck. The way I treated this dilemma, I compared to it buying a first car (start cheaper so you can better appreciate the more expensive ones in the future). Ultimately, this choice is up to you and will depend on how much you can spend for new technology.

As for the prime lens, I would agree that it’s a great first lens. If I can also suggest the Nikon 35mm f/1.8, which is ~30% sharper than the 50mm f/1.8, but almost twice the cost. I got it for around $190 US, no warranty. (+$60 would have gotten me warranty but the lens is cheap enough to replace).
 
John (7:18 PM, October 02, 2010)
Nikon announced that D7000 body is gonna come out 29th of october at $1099.99 and Kit with Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 at $1299.99
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:50 PM, September 17, 2010)
A couple of other differences:
- D7000 has startup time of 0.13s, compared to 0.15s on the D90 (so both startup very fast :)
- D7000's shutter lag is 50ms, down from 65ms on the D90 (to put this in comparison, the flagship D3s has shutter lag of 40ms)
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:32 PM, September 16, 2010)
As you pointed out, Snapsort has the prices at the top, currently USD $1199 body only for the D7000 body only and USD $846 for the Nikon D90 body only.
 
AJD (3:16 PM, September 16, 2010)
Ooops, I jumped to the last page before reading the first page with price indicators. Sorry. :)
 
Jdade8 (3:13 PM, September 16, 2010)
Why is there no discussion of price even at the approximation or guess level?
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:23 PM, September 16, 2010)
Hi Shiva, we've updated the site, it no longer makes recommendations without full data - we don't have have image quality scores for the D7000.

The D7000 looks like an impressive upgrade over the D90. Some differences not captured by Snapsort above include:
- 39 AF points with 9 cross-type (vs the D90's 11 AF points and 1 cross-type)
- Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus module (vs the D90's Multi-CAM 1000), its hard to say what this means, but given the numbering I this points to faster and more accurate focusing, possibly even better than the D300s/D700/D3s lineup featuring Multi-CAM DX3500 and FX3500?
- Magnesium alloy body (vs polycabonate)
- Upgraded matrix metering system (2,016 pixels vs 420 pixels)

Given the 2 f-stop increase in boost ISO (up to 25,600 from 6,400) and 1 f-stop increase in max ISO (up to 6,400 from 3,200), hopefully we'll see significant low light image quality improvements. Currently the D3s is about 2 f-stops ahead of the D90 (image quality on the D3s as ~3200 ISO is as good as on the D90 at ~800 ISO). I hope we might see the D7000 about halfway inbetween, shooting the same quality at 1600 ISO that the D90 does at 800 ISO.
 
Shiva (2:45 AM, September 16, 2010)
Does D7000 really scores so bad compared to D90? After reading about the better AF-Points, Sturdy Body, Higher resolution, Great shutter speed, Lens compatibility etc 53 looks like a bad score...
Is it the price difference reason for the margin or D7000 still needs to be further rated?