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Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90

Portability
59
Imaging
56
Features
76
Overall
64
Nikon D7000 front
 
Nikon D90 front
Portability
60
Imaging
52
Features
52
Overall
52

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 Key Specs

Nikon D7000
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 780g - 132 x 105 x 77mm
  • Announced November 2010
  • Old Model is Nikon D90
  • Refreshed by Nikon D7100
Nikon D90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 703g - 132 x 103 x 77mm
  • Launched October 2008
  • Superseded the Nikon D80
  • Refreshed by Nikon D7000
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Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 Overview

Lets look much closer at the Nikon D7000 versus Nikon D90, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and they are both manufactured by Nikon. There exists a sizable gap between the image resolutions of the D7000 (16MP) and D90 (12MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (APS-C).

Photography Glossary

The D7000 was unveiled 2 years after the D90 which is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a short summation of how the D7000 matches up vs the D90 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D7000 over the Nikon D90

 D7000 D90 
LaunchedNovember 2010October 2008More modern by 26 months
Screen resolution921k920kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon D90 over the Nikon D7000

 D90 D7000 

Common features in the Nikon D7000 and Nikon D90

 D7000 D90 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon D7000 comes with outside dimensions of 132mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") having a weight of 780 grams (1.72 lbs) while the Nikon D90 has measurements of 132mm x 103mm x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") and a weight of 703 grams (1.55 lbs).

Examine the Nikon D7000 versus Nikon D90 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the D7000 compared to the D90.

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D7000 and D90 is 59 and 60 respectively.

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizes merely by looking at specs. The picture underneath might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the D7000 and D90.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can expect the Nikon D7000 to resolve more detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The newer D7000 should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 sensor size comparison

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D7000 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon D90 as a Portrait photography camera
73
focusing manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW files
63
manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has face detection focusing
saves RAW files
low resolution sensor (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D7000 Street photography info
Nikon D90 Street photography info
58
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
54
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D7000 Sports photography details
Nikon D90 Sports photography details
66
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
decent megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery (1,050 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect AF
slow frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
46
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
low fps (4.5 frames/s)
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D7000 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon D90 as a Travel photography camera
66
better than average battery (1,050 CIPA)
environment sealing
decent megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
screen isn't selfie friendly
44
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon D7000
Landscape photography with Nikon D90
73
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery (1,050 shots)
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization
58
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D7000 Vlogging factors
Nikon D90 Vlogging factors
29
supports face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes mic port
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
21
has face detection focusing
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic support
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Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D7000 and Nikon D90
 Nikon D7000Nikon D90
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D7000 Nikon D90
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2010-11-30 2008-10-13
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 2 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.7mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 370.5mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Maximum resolution 4928 x 3264 4288 x 2848
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 39 11
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F Nikon F
Amount of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 921 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT LCD monitor Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.64x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 6.0fps 4.5fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 17.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/200 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24, 25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps), 320 x 216 (24 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 780 grams (1.72 lb) 703 grams (1.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 132 x 105 x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") 132 x 103 x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 80 73
DXO Color Depth score 23.5 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score 13.9 12.5
DXO Low light score 1167 977
Other
Battery life 1050 photographs 850 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL15 EN-EL3e
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC
Card slots Dual Single
Cost at launch $1,049 $1,199