Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography vs Nikon D90

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography and Nikon D90. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D90 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography were released 2012 and Nikon D90 was released 2008. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 2012
Nikon D90 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D90 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D90 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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 60D Astrophotography 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
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D90 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 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, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D90. Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D90 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 100-51200
Nikon D90 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D90

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography can shoot up to 5,3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D90 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 5,3
Nikon D90 4,5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography and Nikon D90 can shoot movies.

Weight

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

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography weighs 755 gr (equal to 1.66 lb) which is 7% heavier than Nikon D90 and its 703 gr (or 1.55 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 755 gr
1.66 lb
Nikon D90 703 gr
1.55 lb

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography vs Nikon D90 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography and Nikon D90, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Name Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography Nikon D90
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Release Year 2012 2008
Release Date 2012-04-07 2008-08-27
MSRP 1499 USD 899 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 4288 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 12,3 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration)
Image
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
ISO Range 100 - 51200 200 - 6400
White Balance Presets 8 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 11
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1040000 920000
Touch screen No No
Screen type Clear View TFT color LCD Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 96% 96%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95 (0.59 35mm equiv.) 0.96 (0.64 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Frames per second 5,3 fps 4,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 13 meters 17 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (Optional ML-L3 or MC-DC2)
GPS No Yes
Optional
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Nikon D90
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1100 shots 850 shots
Width 145 mm 132 mm
Height 106 mm 103 mm
Depth 79 mm 77 mm
Weight 755 gram 703 gram