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Canon 90D vs Nikon D780

Portability
60
Imaging
73
Features
93
Overall
81
Canon EOS 90D front
 
Nikon D780 front
Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 Key Specs

Canon 90D
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 701g - 141 x 105 x 77mm
  • Announced August 2019
  • Replaced the Canon 80D
Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Announced January 2020
  • Older Model is Nikon D750
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Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 Overview

In this write-up, we will be looking at the Canon 90D versus Nikon D780, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by rivals Canon and Nikon. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the 90D (33MP) and D780 (25MP) and the 90D (APS-C) and D780 (Full frame) enjoy totally different sensor sizes.

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The 90D was manufactured 4 months prior to the D780 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving straight into a thorough comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the 90D matches up against the D780 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon 90D over the Nikon D780

 90D D780 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Canon 90D

 D780 90D 
Screen sizing3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2359k1040kCrisper screen (+1319k dot)

Common features in the Canon 90D and Nikon D780

 90D D780 
AnnouncedAugust 2019January 2020Similar generation
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor its weight and size. The Canon 90D has got outer dimensions of 141mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 701 grams (1.55 lbs) and the Nikon D780 has specifications of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") along with a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the 90D and the D780.

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 90D and D780 is 60 and 57 respectively.

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 top view buttons comparison

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to see the difference between sensor sizing just by reviewing specs. The graphic here will help give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the 90D and D780.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The 90D due to its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field trickier and the Canon 90D will offer extra detail due to its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively.

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 sensor size comparison

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 90D Portrait photography info
Nikon D780 Portrait photography info
83
manual focus
megapixel count great (33MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
86
manual focus
fantastic MP (25 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 90D Street photography features
Nikon D780 Street photography features
72
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
comes with focus via touch
environment proof
very good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
71
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
features touch to focus
weather proof
above average ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 90D as a Sports photography camera
Nikon D780 as a Sports photography camera
80
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count great (33 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
environment proof
better than average battery pack (1,300 shots)
comes with phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
82
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
fantastic MP (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
weather proof
better than average battery pack (2,260 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon 90D Travel photography highlights
Nikon D780 Travel photography highlights
78
better than average battery pack (1,300 per charge)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
comes with focus via touch
megapixel count great (33 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
71
better than average battery pack (2,260 shots)
weather proof
has bluetooth
features touch to focus
fantastic MP (25 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 90D Landscape photography features
Nikon D780 Landscape photography features
80
manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is decent (3")
megapixel count great (33 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment proof
better than average battery pack (1,300 CIPA)
no image stabilization
81
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
fantastic MP (25 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW files
weather proof
better than average battery pack (2,260 per charge)
two card slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon 90D
Vlogging with Nikon D780
71
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have microphone port
no image stabilization
32
touchscreen capability
provides face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic socket
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Canon 90D vs Nikon D780 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 90D and Nikon D780
 Canon EOS 90DNikon D780
General Information
Brand Name Canon Nikon
Model Canon EOS 90D Nikon D780
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2019-08-28 2020-01-07
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 8 Expeed 6
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 858.0mm²
Sensor resolution 33 megapixel 25 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 6960 x 4640 6048 x 4024
Max native ISO 25600 51200
Max enhanced ISO 51200 204800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 45 51
Cross focus points 45 15
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S Nikon F
Available lenses 326 309
Crop factor 1.6 1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3.2 inch
Display resolution 1,040k dots 2,359k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.6x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 900 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 11.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash settings - no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (With USB-PD compatible chargers) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 701 gr (1.55 lbs) 840 gr (1.85 lbs)
Dimensions 141 x 105 x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 1300 pictures 2260 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6N EN-EL15b
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots One 2
Retail pricing $1,199 $2,297