Canon EOS 100D vs Nikon D90

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 100D and Nikon D90. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 100D
Nikon D90

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 100D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D90 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 100D were released 2013 and Nikon D90 was released 2008. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 100D Canon 2013
Nikon D90 Nikon 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 100D has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D90 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 100D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D90 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 100D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D90 has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 100D 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Nikon D90 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848

Canon EOS 100D has a 47 % larger resolution than Nikon D90. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 100D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D90. Canon EOS 100D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D90 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 100D 100-12800
Nikon D90 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 100D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D90

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 100D can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Nikon D90 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 100D 4
Nikon D90 4,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D90. Sadly, the Canon EOS 100D does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D90 weighs 703 gr (equal to 1,55 lb) which is 73% heavier than Canon EOS 100D and its 407 gr (or 0,9 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 100D 407 gr 0,9 lb
Nikon D90 703 gr 1,55 lb