Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D – In-depth Comparison

It takes 4 years for a new government to come into power. In 4 years, new policies can be made that can bring about major changes and improvements. In the same vein, 4 years is too much time for camera technology to gain massive advancements. These advancements can make a newer camera to have sufficient edge over an older one. That’s the case in this comparison between Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D.

The Nikon D90 was announced in 2008 while the Canon 700D was announced in 2013: 4 years and 7 months after the D90. Despite being a semi-pro DSLR camera, the D90 lacks plenty when compared to the amateur DSLR camera (700D). The reason can be attributed to the time-gap between these two cameras.

In this article, we compare these cameras in a bid to reveal the areas where the D90 still has the edge over the 700D despite its age. We also reveal those areas wherein the Canon camera has surpassed Nikon’s semi-pro camera.

You can also read this Nikon D90 vs Canon 600D article, and see how the D90 compares with another Canon amateur DSLR camera.

Table of Contents

Comparison Overview – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

Make no mistake, the Nikon D90 is no push-over. This camera was the first DSLR camera that could record video. All other cameras simply improved on what it started. This is evident even in this comparison as the Canon 700D surpasses the D90 when it comes to video recording ability.

The D90 boasts a better battery life than the 700D. It can capture double the shots which the latter manages.

In terms of imaging, despite having a higher sensor resolution, the Canon 700D’s sensor is smaller and its sensor performance trails behind the D90.

One area where the amateur camera trumps the semi-pro camera is in the screen feature. The Canon 700D is fitted with an articulating touch screen which is absent in the Nikon D90. The screen resolution is also higher than that of the D90.

Although both cameras fail when it comes to wireless connections (neither have Wi-Fi nor Bluetooth), the 700D does better with wired connections. It has microphone and flash sync ports.

Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

Which camera offers more value for money?

The 700D offers more value for money than the D90. Despite being the cheaper camera, it has more unique features which include an articulating screen, touch screen, microphone port, flash sync port, on-sensor phase detection, and UHS card support.

The Nikon D90 also has its own unique features which include a top LCD screen and a built-in focus motor. In terms of performance advantage, the Nikon D90 has a slight edge with an advantage ratio of 11:10 over the Canon 700D. However, this isn’t enough to give the D90 the overall edge.

Comparison Table – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

  Nikon D90 Canon 700D (Rebel T5i)
Announcement Date 27th August 2008 21st March 2013
Size Dimensions 132 x 103 x 77mm 133 x 100 x 79mm
Sensor Resolution 12.3 megapixels 18.0 megapixels
Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.8mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
ISO 200 – 3200 (expands to 6400) 100 – 12800
Articulating Screen No Yes
Continuous Shooting Speed 4.5 fps 5 fps
Video Resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Weight 703g 580g
Lens Mount Nikon F mount Canon EF/ES mount
Screen Resolution 1,040,000 dots 921,000 dots
Microphone Port No Yes
Flash Sync Port No Yes
Top LCD Screen Yes No
Battery Life 850 shots 440 shots
Focus Points 11 9
Cross-Type Focus Points 1 9
Touch Screen No Yes

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What Situation is Each Best For? – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

Nikon D90 Canon 700D (Rebel T5i)
 We recommend the Nikon D90 as a better sports photography camera than the Canon 700D.  

This is because it possesses more focus points, better low light ISO, and it has a longer battery life.
Between both cameras in focus, the Canon 700D will do better in capturing street photographs.  

Difficult angles are required in this line of photography, and this camera’s articulating screen allows it to capture such angles.  

Furthermore, its higher sensor resolution means the images produced will be of better quality than that of the D90.
  The D90 doesn’t perform as well as the 700D. In terms of which camera is better for landscape photography, the 700D has a slight advantage: Its higher sensor resolution.  

The Nikon D90 would do well as it possesses a better dynamic range, a larger sensor, and a top LCD feature.  

Nevertheless, the details of the image produced by the Canon 700D will still be better thanks to that which we listed above.
  The D90 doesn’t perform as well as the 700D. The 700D once again is better suited for portrait photography. The reason once again is because of its higher sensor resolution.  

This camera will produce better detailed-images which is a necessity for this kind of photography.
  The D90 doesn’t perform as well as the 700D. Another advantage the Canon 700D has which makes it better for studio and portrait photography is the flash sync port.
  The D90 doesn’t perform as well as the 700D. A daily photography camera needs to be lightweight, have a firm grip, and produce excellent detailed-images.  

All these the Canon 700D does better than the Nikon D90.

Watch the Nikon D90 review below.

Common Features – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

In this section, we discuss the features that are found in the Nikon D90 and the Canon 700D. These common features in both cameras possess the same performance level with none having an upper hand over the other.

The D90 and the 700D have the following similarities:

i. Sensor Format and Type

ii. Anti-Aliasing Filter

iii. Screen Size

iv. HDMI Port

v. Optical Viewfinder

vi. Built-in Flash

vii. Hot Shoe (External Flash)

viii. Single Card Slot Storage

ix. USB Port

x. Remote Control

Sensor Format and Type

The sensor is the part of the camera that allows light into the camera for image capture. It is a major determiner of the quality of the images produced by a camera. Therefore, the importance of this camera part cannot be overemphasized.

The format and the type of sensor used in a camera also influence image quality. Sensor format refers to the size while type refers to the material from which the senor is made.

The Nikon D90 and the Canon 700D both sport the same sensor format as well as type. These cameras are fitted with the APS-C CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) sensor.

The APS-C format is the size of these sensors. It is regarded as medium-sized. The size of the sensor is important as it determines how much light the sensor can capture. The larger the sensor, the more light it receives.

Although both cameras use the same sensor format, it does not automatically mean the sensor dimensions are identical. We discuss that later on.

Both cameras have the same native aspect ratio of 3:2. The native aspect ratio is the ratio of the sensor’s length to its width.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Another common feature that has something to do with the sensor of these cameras is the anti-aliasing filter. The anti-aliasing filter is found in front of these cameras’ sensors. Its function is to prevent the occurrence of moiré in an image.

Moiré is the repetitive pattern of lines or spots that are found in certain images. It is a result of the resolution of the captured subject being higher than the resolution of the sensor. Hence, cameras with a poor sensor resolution possess this feature.

For the anti-aliasing filter to correct moiré, it reduces the details and sharpness of the image captured. Therefore, in preventing moiré, the picture quality is sacrificed.

Hence, the AA filter presents both a pro as well as a con for cameras like the ones in this comparison.

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Screen Size

We live in an era where screen sizes are getting larger by the day. This is because we want a better viewing area. The trend is obvious in the screen sizes of our smartphones.

The same demand is also required for cameras. We want cameras with large screens so we can easily view our captured images, about to be captured images, videos, and even a camera menu.

The Nikon D90 and the Canon 700D do not possess the largest screen size found in cameras today, but they do pretty well. These cameras are fitted with 3 inches LCD screens for your viewing pleasure.


In the event whereby you are not satisfied with the screen sizes of these cameras, they also present you with an alternative. These cameras can be connected to larger screens to display your images and videos better.

This is possible thanks to the Mini HDMI port sported by both cameras. To connect to a larger screen, all you need is an HDMI cable. Connect this cable to your camera, then to your larger screen, and you are good to go.

With this, you can better edit your images as angles and details are easily discovered. Also, watching videos on a larger screen is way better and we can all agree to that. If not, why do we go to the movies?

Optical Viewfinder

A viewfinder is an integral camera feature. Its function is to allow you to frame and control your shots. Without the viewfinder, most of our images will be out of frame, and nobody wants that.

The Nikon D90 and the Canon 700D are fitted with an optical viewfinder. This is where the similarity end in this regard as other aspects of their viewfinders are different.

The optical viewfinder sported by these cameras is a plus. Unlike the electronic viewfinder (aka digital viewfinder), this viewfinder can function independently of the camera’s battery power. Therefore, the battery is saved; which is great as both cameras’ batteries aren’t impressive.

Built-in Flash

Having a viewfinder is great and all, but in low-light conditions, you won’t be able to frame your image because seeing will prove difficult. What then, do you give up on the shot?

No, all you need is a built-in flash. Fortunately, the cameras in this comparison have the built-in flash feature.

This handy feature allows you to illuminate a low-light environment thereby exposing your subject to sufficient lighting. It is important to understand that light plays an important role in the quality of the image produced. Therefore, low-light equals low-quality.

Hot Shoe (External Flash)

A feature that allows the Nikon D90 and the Canon 700D to make use of an external flash is the hot shoe. It is a sort of platform found on cameras that allows the attachment of certain accessories.

This is a major advantage as sometimes the built-in flash does not properly illuminate the subject as one would want. But an external flash has more firepower, therefore, more light.

The disadvantage of using an external flash is that it adds to the weight of the camera. Furthermore, purchasing one might not be easy for those on a tight budget.

If you feel you have extra cash to spend on an external flash, our recommendation would be the Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite.

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Single Card Slot Storage

Neither the D90 nor the 700D possesses an internal storage memory. How then do these cameras store their captured images and videos?

Both cameras are fitted with a single card slot storage that allows them to make use of SD cards. These cards are slotted in and used as long as their capacity can afford.

The advantage is that of unlimited storage capacity as the cards can be replaced when full. They can also be removed and inserted into other devices such as laptops, TVs, etc for better viewing and editing.

As good as a single card slot storage is, some cameras possess dual card slot storage. This is preferred as it offers more storage options and flexibility.

The Nikon D90 makes use of SDHC cards like the SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Memory Card. While the Canon 700D uses SDHC or SDXC cards like the SanDisk 128GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I Card.

What are the benefits of a dual card slots storage? Find out in the video below.

USB Port

Another port feature found in these cameras for connectivity purposes is the USB port. (The USB 2.0 port in this case). With this port, these cameras can connect to other devices that support the USB connectivity feature.

Just like with the HDMI port feature, you will need a USB cable to facilitate this connection. When this is done, files can be transferred from your camera to those devices and vice versa.

Remote Control

The remote control is all about convenience. Having to send a command to a device that is distant from you is quite convenient. This is provided by the D90 and the 700D.

These cameras can be remotely controlled and their settings changed via the use of a remote. The Nikon D90 uses the ML-L3 or MC-DC2 remote while the Canon 700D uses the RC-6 connector for this purpose.

Unique Features – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

Having discussed the common features of both cameras, let’s set our sights on their unique features. What features can we find in the Nikon D90 that is not in the Canon 700D and vice versa? This section has the answers.

Nikon D90 Unique Features

The following are unique features found in the D90 that are missing in the 700D:

i. Top LCD Screen

ii. Built-in Focus Motor

iii. EXPEED Image Processor

iv. Nikon F Lens Mount

Top LCD Screen

If you look at the top of the Nikon D90, you will discover a little LCD screen there. This screen is designed to facilitate quick settings and control access. Basic settings are found there. This is most helpful when one is making use of a tripod stand.

Built-in Focus Motor

The Nikon D90 makes use of a great number of lenses. (Nah, we aren’t telling you how many now. We’ll do that later in the article).

Anyway, this camera possesses the built-in focus motor feature that automatically moves these lenses thereby bringing the subject into focus. This feature is particularly useful if the lens lacks a built-in focus motor.

The downside is that cameras with this feature tend to be more expensive and larger.

EXPEED Image Processor

An image processor is responsible for the several operating and performance functions of a camera. Due to this, some folks refer to it as the ‘brain’ of the camera.

When comparing a Nikon versus Canon camera, one thing that is bound to be different is their image processors. This is because both companies make use of their exclusive image processors.

The Nikon Company’s exclusive image processors are the EXPEED series. The Nikon D90 sports the very first EXPEED processor.

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Nikon F Lens Mount

Another feature that is always different when a Nikon and Canon camera is compared is the lens mount. This is because of the same reason we stated above for image processors.

The lens mount functions as a holder for the lenses used by a camera. The presence of a lens mount indicates that a camera is an interchangeable lens camera. What that means is that such a camera can make use of different lenses.

The lens mount used by a camera determines the type and number of lenses the camera can make use of. The Nikon D90 is fitted with the Nikon F lens mount which is used by many other Nikon cameras.

How many lenses does this lens mount support? We’ll have to tell you that later.

Canon 700D Unique Features

The following are unique features found in the 700D that are missing in the D90:

i. Articulating Screen

ii. Touch Screen

iii. Microphone Port

iv. Flash Sync Port

v. On-Sensor Phase Detection

vi. UHS Card Support

vii. DIGIC 5 Image Processor

vi. Canon EF/EF-S Len Mounts

Articulating Screen

The articulating screen feature makes the Canon 700D distinct from the Nikon D90. This feature makes it an asset for street photographers, vloggers, and selfie-lovers. If you love watching movies on your camera, it also makes it easier and fun.

This feature allows the screen to be turned, tilted and swiveled: All for versatility and flexibility.

Touch Screen

Another screen feature which is found in the 700D is the touch screen.

We are well familiar with this feature as found in our smartphones today. You know how difficult it was back then to make use of buttons with the kind of phones we had then. Typing was hectic, unlike today, amongst other stress.

This convenience is what the Canon 700D offers with this feature. Accessing your camera’s menu is faster. Also, during image capture, the touch screen can be used for focusing purposes.

Microphone Port

The Canon 700D is fitted with a microphone port that allows the connection of an external microphone to the camera. Although it has a built-in microphone that enables audio recording during video capture, an external microphone provides better audio quality.

Flash Sync Port

Another port feature found in the 700D and not in the Nikon D90 is the flash sync port. What does this do?

With the flash sync port, you can connect your camera to several flashes at once via a cord. When the shutter button is pressed, these flashes are lighted.

Portrait and studio photography will benefit the most from this feature.

On-Sensor Phase Detection

The On-sensor phase detection feature enables the 700D to acquire precise and faster autofocus. This functions while shooting images as well as videos. It can also be used while in live view mode.

UHS Card Support

The Canon 700D supports the use of UHS cards: In its case the UHS-I card to be specific. This card allows faster and easier reading and writing of files at Ultra High Speed. This speed is evident as one can send files at a speed of 104MB/s.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor

We already stated earlier that the Nikon and Canon company make use of exclusive image processors. The image processor series used by Canon is the DIGIC series.

The DIGIC 5 is the 5th generation of the DIGIC series and it is that which runs the 700D. It processes on 14-bit and it’s an improvement on the DIGIC 4 and DIGIC 4+. This is seen as it has better saturation, contrast and color definition. 

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Canon EF/EF-S Len Mounts

The Canon 700D can make use of either the Canon EF or Canon EF-S lens mounts. These lens mounts support the same type and number of lenses which we discuss in the unique pros section.

Unique Pros – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

In this section, we discuss the advantages these cameras have over the other.

Nikon D90 Unique Pros

Which is Smaller D90 or 700D?

The Nikon D90 is slightly smaller than the Canon 700D. It is 1mm thinner, 2mm thinner but 3mm taller. The D90 and the 700D have size dimensions of 132 x 103 x 77mm and 133 x 100 x 79mm respectively.

Size is important. There is always a preference for bigger or smaller depending on what is discussed. When it comes to cameras, smaller is more preferred. The major reasons for this are portability and convenience.

If smaller is not better, then we could as well bring back the enormous cameras used in the advent of photography. Using a smaller camera makes the job easier especially if you have to go about with the camera for a long period. 

Which has a Larger Sensor D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a larger sensor than the 700D. Its sensor has a dimension of 23×6 x 15.8mm in contrast to the 22.3 x 14.9mm sensor of the Canon 700D.

This size difference accounts for the difference in the crop fact (format factor) of both sensors. The D90 has a crop factor of 1:5 while the Canon 700D has 1:6 crop factor.

An overall small camera is preferred. However, a larger sensor is better than a smaller one. This is because a larger sensor offers more advantages that influence overall image quality.

With a larger sensor, bigger individual pixels are produced. The result of this is that your sensor is more sensitive in low-light conditions. It also improves the camera’s color depth, dynamic range, and low-light ISO.

The ability to easily isolate the subject from its background is easily achieved with a larger sensor. To achieve this, however, a shallow depth of field must be used.

It is important to mention that larger sensors are heavier. This, in turn, adds the camera’s overall weight. Also, larger sensors are more expensive to manufacture and the cost reflects in the final price of the camera.

What are the advantages of a larger sensor? The video below has the answers.

Which has a Better Viewfinder D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a better viewfinder than the 700D. It is fitted with a 96% coverage and 0.63x magnification pentaprism viewfinder. The Canon 700D, on the other hand, is fitted with a 95% coverage and 0.53x magnification pentamirror viewfinder.

We mentioned in the common feature section that both cameras are fitted with an optical viewfinder. We also stated that their viewfinder similarities end at that.

Examining these viewfinders further, we discover that the D90 uses a pentaprism material while the 700D uses a pentamirror. This gives the Nikon camera an advantage. A pentaprism allows more light into the viewfinder than the pentamirror. This ensures that the image transmitted is bright and sharp. 

In addition to this advantage, the Nikon D90’s viewfinder has a 96% coverage which is slightly better than the 95% coverage of the Canon 700D. Hence, the viewfinder of the D90 is more precise.

Furthermore, the Nikon camera has a better magnification which enables the image seen through the viewfinder to look similar to that seen with the human eye. It has a magnification of 0.63x while the 700D has 0.53x magnification.

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Which has More Focus Points D90 or 700D?

The D90 has more focus points than the 700D. It has 11 focus points while the Canon 700D has 9. This gives the Nikon D90 the edge with 2 more focus points than the 700D.

The Autofocus system of a camera relies a great deal on the number of focus points a camera possesses.

Focus points are points within your frame whereby you can create more emphasis and exposure on. The result better details at such points. The more focus points your camera has, the better-detailed your image will be. 

Which has a Better Battery Life D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a better battery life than the 700D. It can capture 850 shots after a full charge while the Canon 700D can manage only 440 shots. Hence, the Nikon D90 offers 410 shots more than the 700D.

The D90 is fitted with an EN-EL13e power pack that has an energy capacity of 1500mAh. The Canon camera, on the other hand, uses an LP-E8 battery with 1120mAh energy capacity.

Good battery life in any device is the desire of every user. For photographers, this sentiment is shared so much that a camera’s battery life is a major factor when choosing a camera.

Which has a Longer Flash Coverage D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a longer flash coverage than the 700D. The flash of the Nikon D90 can cover a 17m distance while the Canon 700D covers 13m. The 4m difference ensures that the D90 can illuminate subjects that are farther away.

The cameras in this comparison are both fitted with a built-in flash. However, the flash range or coverage of both aren’t the same.

Which has a Better Sensor Performance D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a better sensor performance than the 700D. It has a better color depth, wider dynamic range, and better low-light ISO.

The Nikon D90 has a 22.7 bits color depth, a 12.5 EV dynamic range, and a 977 low-light ISO. The Canon 70D, on the other hand, has a 21.7 bits color depth, a 11.2 EV dynamic range, and a 681 low light-ISO.

A camera’s sensor performance is determined by three sensor measurements: The color depth, the dynamic range, and the low-light ISO.

The color depth improves the details and colors of a portrait image. This is why it is referred to as the DXO portrait.

With a wider dynamic range, a camera can detect between the minimum and maximum light intensity within a frame better. This is helpful when shooting landscapes. Hence, the dynamic range is also known as the DXO landscape.

The low-light ISO enhances the sensor’s ability to capture images in low-light conditions. It also helps in capturing subjects in motion. This is why it is referred to as DXO sport.

Which has a Larger Sensor Pixel Area D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a larger sensor pixel area than the 700D. The Nikon D90 and the Canon 700D have a sensor pixel area of 30.54µm2 vs 18.54µm2 respectively. Therefore, the D90 is larger by 64%.

A larger sensor pixel area means more light can be captured by individual pixels in the sensor.

Which has a Larger Pixel Pitch D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a larger pixel pitch than the 700D. The Nikon D90 and the Canon 700D have a pixel pitch of 5.53µm and 4.31µm respectively.

The pixel pitch deals with the size of the individual pixels in a sensor. The lower the sensor resolution, the larger the individual pixels.

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Which has Less Shutter Lag D90 or 700D?

The Nikon D90 has less shutter lag than the 700D. It takes it 208ms to save a captured image. Whereas, you will have to wait for 264ms for the Canon 700D to save an image: That’s a difference of 56ms.

Shutter lag or shutter delay refers to the time between when your shutter is pressed and when the image gets saved. During this short period, the camera is inactive as it saves the captured image.

More shutter lag can cause one to miss capturing other shots as he/she is forced to wait while the image is saved.

Which has a Faster Startup Time D90 or 700D?

The D90 has a faster startup time than the 700D. All it takes is 300ms for it to be up and running once you press the power button. The Canon 700D, on the other hand, requires 700ms (400ms more than the D90) before it is fully operational.

If you need to capture an urgent shot, the D90 will serve better. Imagine missing an award-worthy shot because your camera couldn’t get operational. Wildlife photographers can relate better…

Canon 700D Unique Pros

Which is Newer 700D or D90?

The 700D is 4 years and 7 months newer than the D90. The announcement date of the Canon 700D was 21st March 2013 while the Nikon D90 was announced on 27th August 2008.

Newer cameras have technology on their side as they tend to benefit from technological advancements that weren’t available to older cameras.

Which has a Higher Sensor Resolution 700D or D90?

The 700D has a higher sensor resolution than the D90. It has a sensor resolution of 18.0 megapixels in contrast to the 12.3 megapixels of the Nikon D90. The 6.3 (50%) more megapixels of the Canon 700D allows it to enjoy the benefits discussed below better than the D90.

The sensor resolution of a camera determines the sensor’s ability to capture distinct details. A camera with a higher sensor resolution will produce better-detailed images.

However, it is important to understand that other factors such as pixel size, sensor technology, optical size, and anti-aliasing filter also determine the image’s final resolution.

Other benefits of a higher sensor resolution are free cropping and printing of images without fear of blur or grain. However, you must ensure your sensor resolution is quite high before doing these as you please. Looking at both cameras’ sensors, they do not fit the bill.

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Which has Higher Screen Resolution 700D or D90?

The 700D has a better screen resolution than the D90 with its 13% higher screen resolution. It has a screen resolution of 1,040,000 dots while the Nikon D90 manages 920,000 dots screen resolution. The Canon 700D will, therefore, display better-detailed and richer-colored images.

While sensor resolution deals with the details a sensor can capture, the screen resolution refers to the details the screen can display.

It is worth mentioning that the screen resolution does not change the sensor resolution which is the true resolution. The sensor resolution remains the same but the screen resolution can change based on the screen through which the image is viewed.

Which has a Better ISO Range 700D or D90?

The 700D has a better ISO range than the D90. The Canon 700D has an ISO range of 100 – 12800 while the Nikon D90 has an ISO of vs 200 – 3200. Therefore, the 700D has a higher maximum ISO of 300%.

The maximum ISO can be expanded to 6400 in the D90. Still, it doesn’t match the Canon camera’s maximum ISO. The Canon 700D does not have the option of being expanded like the Nikon D90.

The ISO measures the sensor’s light sensitivity. It determines the amount of light that can be captured by the sensor.

The ISO of a camera has a range of minimum and maximum values. This can be adjusted during image capture to fit the current lighting condition. Having a lower minimum and higher maximum values enable a camera to comfortably shoot in either a condition that is too bright or in low-light.

Which has a Better Video Recording 700D or D90?

The 700D has a better video recording than the D90. It records at a higher maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 in contrast to the 1280 x 720 maximum resolution of the Nikon D90.

The Canon 700D also records at a faster rate than the D90: 1080/30p vs 720/24p.

Lastly, it shoots in H.264 and Motion JPEG while the Nikon D90 shoots in just motion JPEG video format.

Which has More Cross-Type Focus Points 700D or D90?

The 700D has more cross-type focus points than the D90 even though the Nikon D90 has more focus points. The Canon 700D has 9 cross-type focus points while the D90 has just 1.

A cross-type focus point can detect and capture details in horizontal and vertical lines. This makes them more precise and detailed than regular focus points.

Which has a Faster Continuous Shooting Speed 700D or D90?

The 700D has a faster continuous shooting speed than the D90. The Canon 700D and the Nikon D90 have a continuous shooting speed of 5 fps and 4.5 fps respectively. The 0.5 fps difference looks negligible but will account for something in real-life application.

Both cameras in this comparison can shoot in burst mode also known as continuous shooting mode. In this mode, you can capture images continuously for some time.

The number of shots you can take per second is dependent on your camera’s continuous shooting speed. The faster the speed, the more images captured.

Which is Lighter 700D or D90?

The 700D is 12g (21%) lighter than the D90. It weighs 580g while the Nikon D90 weighs 703g.

Weight is an important factor to consider when choosing a camera. A heavy camera might become a burden instead of a blessing. This is because the longer you shoot, the more tired you get from moving about with a heavy camera.

The weight needs serious consideration as both cameras are system cameras. Lenses and other accessories can be attached which will increase the cameras’ weights.

Which has More Available Lenses 700D or D90?

The 700D has more available lenses than the D90. It has more native lenses available for use than the Nikon D90: 17 native lenses to be precise.

Not only can these cameras make use of these native lenses, but they also have image stabilization lenses at their disposal. The Canon 700D has 91 while the D90 has 88 of such.

The 700D can use the following lenses with its lens mount: 40 standard zoom, 18 standard prime, 35 wide-angle zoom, 48 wide-angle zoom, 58 telephoto zoom, 41 telephoto prime, 28 superzoom, 7 wide-angle fisheye prime, 27 macro prime, 16 perspective control prime, and 1 telephoto prime. The total equals 319 native lenses.

The Nikon D90 can use the following native lenses with its lens mount: 33 standard zoom, 20 standard prime, 33 wide-angle zoom, 47 wide-angle zoom, 52 telephoto zoom, 42 telephoto prime, 30 superzoom, 8 wide-angle fisheye prime, 25 macro prime, 11 perspective control prime, and 1 telephoto prime. The total equals 302 native lenses.

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Which is Cheaper 700D or D90?

The 700D is 50% cheaper than the D90 when we look at the launch prices of both cameras. Presently, it is still cheaper. This is because the Canon 700D is an amateur camera while the Nikon D90 is a semi-pro camera.  The camera’s level also influences its price.

However, the D90 is more discounted since it has been on sales longer than the 700D.

The price of a camera matters a lot. No matter how you might like a camera, if you lack the financial means, you might opt for another.

Unique Cons – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

Nikon D90 Unique Cons

i. No articulating screen.

ii. Lacks the touch screen feature.

iii. It does not have a microphone port.

iv. On-sensor phase-detect function is absent.

v. It does not support UHS Card.

vi. No flash sync port.

Canon 700D Unique Cons

i. No top LCD.

ii. Lacks a built-in focus motor.

Common Pros – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

  Nikon D90 Canon 700D (Rebel T5i)
Raw SupportAn image can be captured in JPEG or RAW format. Of the two, the latter is of better quality.  

RAW format images are uncompressed and are in their unaltered state. This makes it easy to edit as well.   Due to their better quality, they are also larger.  

The D90 supports the RAW format.
Same as Nikon D90.
Phase-Detection Autofocus SystemThere are two autofocus systems that a camera could make use of. These are the contrast-detection autofocus and the phase-detection autofocus systems.  

The Nikon D90 makes use of the latter which has its benefits.  

First of all, it is more precise in focus acquisition than the contrast-detection AF.  

Furthermore, it has a better ability to capture subjects in motion.  

Last but not least, it allows for subject tracking.
Same as Nikon D90.
Face Detection Focus One handy function that the phase-detection AF system provides is the face-detection focus.  

This is useful in capturing portraits because it places special emphasis and focus on the face of the persons within the frame.  

The result is an image with better details on the face of the persons within the frame.  

The Nikon D90 comes with this function.
Same as Nikon D90.
AE BracketingThe AE bracketing feature is useful for shooting in HDR and tough lighting conditions.  

In HDR, three pictures are captured and merged to produce the best image.  

For tough lightning conditions, this feature automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to suit the new environment.  

This feature is present in the Nikon D90.
Same as Nikon D90.
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Common Cons – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

  Nikon D90 Canon 700D (Rebel T5i)
No Built-in Image StabilizationThe built-in image stabilization prevents the occurrence of a blurred image.  

Cameras that possess a slow shutter speed are usually prone to such incidence.  

The Nikon D90 is such a camera that will experience blurred images quite a bit.  

All hope is not lost, however, as it can still correct such with the aid of any of the 88 optical stabilization lenses at its disposal.
Same as the Nikon D90, except the Canon 700D possess 91 optical stabilization lenses instead.
No Environmental SealingThis incredible feature allows cameras to shoot in tough weather conditions that will ordinarily disrupt image and audio quality.  

The environmental sealing feature is absent in the D90 thereby leaving it vulnerable to such weather conditions.
Same as Nikon D90.
No Built-in Wi-FiThe Nikon D90 does not possess a built-in Wi-Fi feature.   With this feature, a camera can connect wirelessly to other Wi-Fi supported devices.

When this is done, easier and faster transfer of files can be done.  

Furthermore, cameras with this feature can share images and videos directly to social media platforms.
Same as Nikon D90.
No Built-in GPSThe GPS (Global Positioning System) is used to locate a person’s position on the face of the planet.  

For photographers (especially wildlife and landscape), this feature is used majorly for the function of geotagging.  

Geotagging allows you to add a location to images you capture.  

Since the Nikon D90 lacks this feature, it cannot perform this function on its own.

However, if one should purchase a GPS receiver and use it with the camera, geotagging can still be done.
Same as Nikon D90.
No PanoramaThe panorama feature allows a camera to stitch together several pictures to form a single picture.  

The D90 cannot do this.
Same as Nikon D90.
No Built-in BluetoothA good number of folks know what the Bluetooth is.   Certain cameras are fitted with a built-in Bluetooth feature to enable wireless connection between supported devices.  

Images and videos are easily shared through this platform.  

The D90 won’t be sharing or connecting with any Bluetooth supported device as it lacks the built-in Bluetooth feature.
Same as Nikon D90.

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General Feeling among Users – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

Nikon D90 Canon 700D (Rebel T5i)
Users of the Nikon D90 were pleased with its image quality. A good number of the Canon 700D users applauded the camera for its clear pictures.
The battery of the camera was appreciated by certain users. The battery of this camera was regarded as poor and didn’t get any praise.
A particular user said the Nikon D90 was exactly as the manufacturer described it. A user of the 700D also said the camera was as the manufactured described.
There wasn’t any complaint regarding the touch screen’s absence. The touch screen feature thrilled many users as it made operating the camera much fun.
The Nikon D90 isn’t an excellent burst mode camera when compared to newer ones. There was a little bit of complaint regarding the camera’s burst mode as it couldn’t take many pictures.

Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D – FAQS

What is the maximum shutter count for Nikon D90?

The maximum shutter count for the Nikon D90 is 100,000 actuations. Shutter count refers to the number of images the mechanical shutter of your camera has captured.

The maximum shutter count, on the other hand, is the limit of images your mechanical shutter can capture before it needs replacement or maintenance. The maximum shutter count is popularly known as shutter life expectancy.

It is important we mention that the maximum shutter count or shutter life expectancy is not a guarantee that your camera will hit the maximum shutter count before you need to replace it. Your camera’s shutter could last longer or fail earlier.

Which is better Nikon D90 or D3200?

The Nikon D3200 is better than the Nikon D90. It offers better sensor resolution (24.1 megapixels vs 12.2 megapixels) which means it can capture better detail.

The D3200 has a higher sensor performance score as well (81 vs 73). Hence, it can produce richer colors and capture a wider range of light and dark details.

Furthermore, the Nikon D3200 has a more improved image processor. It uses the EXPEED 3 while the D90 uses the EXPEED image processor.

When it comes to video recording, the D3200 does better than the Nikon D90. It has a maximum video recording ability of 1080/30p. The D90, on the other hand, manages a maximum video recording ability of 720/24p.

How do I change the shutter speed on my Nikon D90?

The following steps will guide you on how to change the shutter speed on your Nikon D90:

i. Turn on your camera.

ii. Rotate the mode dial to shutter priority exposure (S). This mode allows you to make changes to the shutter speed.

iii. Then turn the main command dial to choose your shutter speed.

The shutter speed you choose depends on the speed of your subject. If your subject is moving very fast, your shutter speed should be changed to match the speed.

However, a 1/500 second shutter speed should be enough for very fast subjects and this includes race cars. You can use 1/250 or 1/125 shutter speed for slow subjects.

Why won’t my Nikon D90 take pictures?

Your Nikon D90 won’t take pictures because of the focus settings. If the camera is not focused, the shutter won’t activate which means you won’t be able to take pictures. Also, if the focus is set to f/16 and above, the camera has been known to freeze.

You can change your camera’s focus settings and restart the D90 to fix this problem. If that doesn’t work, face the camera skywards and press the shutter. This in most cases will focus the camera.

Another reason your Nikon D90 won’t take pictures is if the memory card is full. Simply change the memory card or free up space to fix the problem.

How do I transfer photos from my Nikon D90 to my computer?

Follow the steps below to transfer photos from your Nikon D90 to your computer:

i. Turn off the camera.

ii. Connect the D90 to your computer with your camera’s supplied USB cable.

iii. Turn on your camera.

iv. A dialogue box will appear.

v. Click on “Import using windows”. This action will open the import wizard.

vi. Select the photos you want to transfer. You can decide to name the photos as well.

vii. Click on “import” when you are done with your selection.

viii. The photos will be stored in a new folder.

Conclusion – Nikon D90 vs Canon 700D

Nikon D90 Canon 700D (Rebel T5i)
The Nikon D90 as a mid-range DSLR camera is reliable despite its age.

However, with newer semi-pro cameras in the market today, the D90 will suit amateur photographers better in this day and age.
The Canon 700D is indeed an amazing amateur DSLR camera. Any amateur user will find this camera to be standard requirements for most entry-level cameras.

Furthermore, its touch screen and articulating screen features allow for easier operation.
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