Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS Rebel T3i

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D90 and Canon EOS Rebel T3i. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D90
Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Manufacturing

Nikon D90 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS Rebel T3i is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D90 were released 2008 and Canon EOS Rebel T3i was released 2011. 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 Rebel T3i Canon 2011

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 Rebel T3i has a "APSC"-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 Rebel T3i 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

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 Rebel T3i has 18 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 Rebel T3i 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456

Canon EOS Rebel T3i 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 Rebel T3i has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D90. Canon EOS Rebel T3i has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D90 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D90 200-6400
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 100-12800

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 Rebel T3i

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 Rebel T3i can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D90 4,5
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 3,7

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D90 and Canon EOS Rebel T3i 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 23% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T3i and its 570 gr (or 1,26 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D90 703 gr 1,55 lb
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 570 gr 1,26 lb