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Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On July - 18 - 2016

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D90


There are several differences to consider when deciding whether to purchase the D5100 or D90.

Nikon D5100 Key Features
– 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
– Side-articulated 3.0″ LCD monitor (920,000 dots)
– 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
– IS0 100-6400 range (Up to 25,600 equivalent when expanded)
– HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)
– 4 fps continuous shooting
– In-camera effects filters in both stills and video modes

Nikon D5100 review:


Reasons to choose the Nikon D5100
– Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
– Automatically focuses shooting video
– Record movies without worrying about focus
– Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
– Record high quality audio with an external microphone
– Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
– The D5100’s boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
– Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
– The D5100’s maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
– More than 20% lighter
– Around 10% smaller


Nikon D90 Key Features
– 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
– 3.0-inch 920,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD (same as D3 and D300)
– Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection
– Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
– Illuminated focus points
– Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
– IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
– 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
– Expeed image processing engine
– 3D tracking AF (11 point)
– Short startup time, viewfinder blackout and shutter lag
– Slightly improved viewfinder (96% frame coverage)
– Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
– Improved user interface
– New optional compact GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
– Same battery and vertical grip as D80
– Vignetting control in-camera
– 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback


Nikon D90 review:



Reasons to choose the Nikon D90

– More than 50% larger viewfinder
– Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
– Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
– Around 30% more shots per battery charge
– More than 10% faster continuous shooting
-The best price we’ve seen is 1 040 kr cheaper (around 20% less)


Comparison: Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D90

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D90 Tabel

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D90 Tabel


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5 Responses to “Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D90”

  1. Na says:

    I have nikon d3000 and need an upgrade (D90 or D5100).

    -Like shoot in low light conditions. (d5100)
    -Have low budget for lenses, the ones that need af motor(D90)
    -Big bright pentaprism (D90) or a big rotable screen(D5100)!??
    -Casual video:720p is enough for me! but mic imput mmmmm cool.
    -Nikon CLS (D90), but I have nissin 622 (D5100 enough).

    Hate nikon! Can you help me choosing camera?
    Thanks, sorry about my english

  2. rajan says:

    I use Nikon D90 fr. past 2+ yrs and i m quiet happy with the performance.
    go for D90

  3. Mason Cruz says:

    I hardly ever discuss these articles, but I thought this on deserved a thumb up

  4. Lucy Howard says:

    One of the outstanding pieces i have read this week.

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