Nikon D90 vs Pentax K-7

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122

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
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
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
93 ms shutter lag

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

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Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
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Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
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Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$826 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Startup delay More startup delay

Pentax K-7 Competitors

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Pentax K-1

Pro DSLR

$1,897 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Much larger
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Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
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Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$481 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

discussion

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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?