Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D90

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5000 and Nikon D90. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5000
Nikon D90

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5000 were released 2009 and Nikon D90 was released 2008. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5000 Nikon 2009
Nikon D90 Nikon 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D5000 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
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 (Nikon)

Resolution

Both these cameras has the exact same resolution. Nikon D5000 has a 12,3 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)
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848
Nikon D90 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5000 200-6400
Nikon D90 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D90 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000
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. Nikon D5000 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)
Nikon D5000 4
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 Nikon D5000 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, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D90 weighs 703 gr (equal to 1,55 lb) which is 19% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1,3 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5000 590 gr 1,3 lb
Nikon D90 703 gr 1,55 lb