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5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D90 vs D5100 and D7000, 5 July 2011
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This review is from: Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm VR Lens Kit (12.3MP) 3 inch LCD - (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I bought this camera in May 2011, which was nearly 2.5 years later from the its first launch in 2008. There are several reasons that I preferred Nikon D90 over some new rivals like Nikon D5100 and Nikon D7000. I should state that this is my first ever digital SLR but I already had some photography knowledge from film cameras generation.

To make it short I should say The Nikon D90 has a lot to offer even to professional photographers. That's why Nikon after 2 years still supply it along with their new products.If you are confused between D3100,D5100,D90 and D7000, continue to read:

Be honest with you, from image quality point of view all above cameras are excellent.But in respect to other features there are some key differences between them.

Compared to D3100:

1-D90 has a better handling than D3100 and you have better control over every thing. In other words there are many dedicated buttons for each function like ISO setting, White balance etc. This means you take more pictures with D90 rather than get confused in the menu.

2-You Get an excellent 18-105 kit lens with 6x zoom with ED glass (a quality glass used in some expensive nikon lenses). With this lens you don't need to buy a zoom lens immediately, as it covers a longer range than other kit lenses.The 18-55mm lens offered along D3100 and D5100 has 3x zoom and the quality of the glass is not as good as the 18-105mm offered with D90.

3-It has an excellent 920k dots LCD compared to 230K dots In D3100. Don't underestimate this, you will find D3100's LCD useless when you are reviewing your photographs to find out whether they are in focus or not.

Compared to D5100:

1 - points 1 and 2 above are still valid for D5100.

2 - If your primary objective is still photography then D90 is an excellent choice. Although It also offers HD 720p video recording with manual focus, but D5100 has a better video facilities like its Full HD 1080p, auto focus recording and the vary angle high resolution LCD (which is good if you ever need that), But remember you are buying a DSLR camera,if you want a perfect video quality without limitations buy a hassle free HD camcorder for third of this price rather than a DSLR for the movie recording.

Compared to D7000:

D7000 is a D90 equivalent at today's time with some new features like full 1080p HD recording and 16 MP sensor.Image quality in both cameras is excellent. Both have same layout of buttons to control functions.D7000 is a very good camera but it is so expensive. If you ready to pay around £1000 for a D7000 , I would say get its more professional big brother, D300s for the same price (body only) and you will see what the word of "professional" really means!.

Who D90 is Suitable for?

-The D90 is a very good choice as a first DSLR as it offers every things you ever need for an enjoyable photography.

-D90 is a perfect camera for those who don't want to change their camera once they have learnt basics of photography. There is a fact that you will learn photography gradually and when you expand your photography knowledge,you will need a more advanced camera. D90 will grow with you and you don't need to upgrade it at least for 3 years (unless you do photography for a living!).

If you have already owned other nikon entry level SLRs like D40,D50,D60,D70 etc and looking for an upgrade, although D90 can be good choice as it ticks all the boxes,But you may need something more sophisticated like D7000 or D300s or the coming soon D400.

2 year manufacture warranty also is a huge plus.
Overall ,I am very happy with the purchase, highly recommended.

Update 20/10/2011:
I am so happy that I didn't buy D5100 instead of D90.I have used this camera for almost 5 months now and I should say this is a fantastic SLR. I have taken photos in low light conditions, landscapes, indoors,.. Photos are stunning. colour, white balance, noise level all are perfect.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2012 09:45:20 BDT
Anjitha says:
This is really a truth. excellent true view of cameras in Nikon range. Yes I also go for Nikon D300s than Nikon D7000 or stay with D90+ better lens like Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8.

Posted on 12 Sep 2012 07:30:02 BDT
Peter Piper says:
The D90 has ONE big advantage over the D5100, and that is of superior lens compatability with the mechanical auto-focus lenses. But for me, the improved sensor of the D5100 and the fold-out screen were the deciding factors in buying the D5100. But the D90 is a teriffic camera and if I'd bought that instead of the D5100, I'd be happy with it. But I'd miss the fold-out screen! ;-)

Posted on 8 Jan 2014 02:44:51 GMT
Tobias says:
Whatever the case in the past, the D7000 is a much more reasonable purchase now than the D90, at the start of 2014.
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