Nikon Z6 vs Nikon D90

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z6 and Nikon D90. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z6
Nikon D90

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon Z6 were released 2018 and Nikon D90 was released 2008. That is a 10 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z6 Nikon 2018
Nikon D90 Nikon 2008

Type of camera

Nikon Z6 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D90 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z6 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D90 has a "DX"-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 Z6 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
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

Nikon Z6 has a 25 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 Z6 25 MP 24337152 6048 4024
Nikon D90 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848

Nikon Z6 has a 99 % 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 Z6 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D90. Nikon Z6 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D90 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z6 100-51200
Nikon D90 200-6400

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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z6
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 Z6 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Nikon D90 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z6 12
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 Z6 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 4% heavier than Nikon Z6 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z6 675 gr 1,49 lb
Nikon D90 703 gr 1,55 lb