Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 5D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 5D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D90
Canon EOS 5D

Manufacturing

Nikon D90 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D90 were released 2008 and Canon EOS 5D was released 2005. That is a 3 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 5D Canon 2005

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 5D has a "FF"-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 5D 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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 5D has 12,7 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 5D 12,7 MP 12719616 4368 2912

Canon EOS 5D has a 4 % 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

Nikon D90 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5D. Nikon D90 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 6400 while Canon EOS 5D has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D90 200-6400
Canon EOS 5D 50-3200

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 5D

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 5D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

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

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 5D 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 5D weighs 895 gr (equal to 1,97 lb) which is 27% 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 5D 895 gr 1,97 lb