Nikon D90 vs Pentax K-7

Winner
Nikon D90

100

Pentax K-7

91

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%

galleries

Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-7.

competitors

Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$849 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,299 body only

$1,499 with 18-135mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Movie format Does not take movies
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$649 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

Pentax K-7 Competitors

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Nikon D600

Nikon D600

Pro DSLR

$2,199 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$640 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

discussion

Nikon D90
D90
Nikon

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Pentax K-7
K-7
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Hoiy (4:24 PM, June 08, 2012)
K-7 what a nice camera but terrible sensor. D90 murders it that is why the K-7 has lost this one
 
Avatar for LittleRayovSun LittleRayovSun (3:14 AM, December 20, 2011)
You might also consider that Pentax is widely renowned for it's quality of glass.
 
Avatar for rebec245 rebec245 (7:22 PM, March 14, 2010)
okay, thanks for clarifying! I was just afraid that the fact that nikon is more well-known had affected the decision, but now i see differently. I just bought a d90 30 minutes ago, it's arriving in 3 weeks, and i'm very excited-- the nikon-ys among my friends and family finally convinced me.
 
Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (6:00 PM, March 14, 2010)
Hi Rebec, the D90 and K-7 are very closely matched, we should probably call it a draw!

Snapsort is calling the D90 a winner because it scores slightly better on the flash rating and on the low light capability rating.

I don't think you can go wrong with either. You might consider though that the Nikon D90 likely has more lenses, flashes and other accessories available to it than the Pentax, since Nikon and 3rd parties produce a wider variety of lenses etc for the Nikon lens mount.
 
Avatar for rebec245 rebec245 (4:19 PM, March 14, 2010)
I am wondering why the d90 wins between the two, since the k-7 seems to have many advantages, with the only disadvantage being a slight difference in low-light capability. Please explain your reasoning, snapsort officials?