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

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D7000


Nikon D90



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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses


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


Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$949 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$714 - $797 body only

$948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$559 - $747 body only

$655 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$949 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$469 - $647 body only

$544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

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


Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 977 ISO
The D7000 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 73.0
Around 10% better image quality
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.5 EV
0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 4.5 fps
More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 850 shots
More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
The D7000's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
$479.00 vs $579.99
The best price we've seen is $101 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 238 ms
More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.62x
Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
Around 30% less delay when turning on
703 g vs 780 g
Around 10% lighter
Slightly smaller
132×103×77 mm vs 132×105×77 mm
Almost the same
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the Nikon D90


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D70001050 shots
              D90850 shots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7000400 ms
              D90300 ms
              Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000780 g
              D90703 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D7000132×105×77 mm
              D90132×103×77 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700016.1 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D70006,400 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D70001080p @ 24fps
              D90720p @ 24fps




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              Showing 25 comments

              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?