Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 1D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 1D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D90
Canon EOS 1D

Manufacturing

Nikon D90 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D90 were released 2008 and Canon EOS 1D was released 2001. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D90 Nikon 2008
Canon EOS 1D Canon 2001

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D90 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 1D has a "APSH"-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")
Nikon D90 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS 1D 65 mm (a Canon APS-H sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.3)

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

Resolution

Nikon D90 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1D has 4,1 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 D90 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848
Canon EOS 1D 4,1 MP 4060672 2464 1648

Nikon D90 has a 201 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D. 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

Nikon D90 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D. Nikon D90 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 6400 while Canon EOS 1D has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D90 200-6400
Canon EOS 1D 100-3200

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.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D90
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D90 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1D can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D90 4,5
Canon EOS 1D 8

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D90. Unfortunately Canon EOS 1D does not support recording movies and movie clips.

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.

Canon EOS 1D weighs 1585 gr (equal to 3,49 lb) which is 125% heavier than Nikon D90 and its 703 gr (or 1,55 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D90 703 gr 1,55 lb
Canon EOS 1D 1585 gr 3,49 lb