The Nikon D7000 was designed to fall into a new class of "prosumer" DSLR cameras that have more advanced features than mid-range cameras like the D90. The D7000 has a higher resolution and several professional-level that the D90 does not have, such as dual SD card slots, weather and moisture sealing, 39 rather than 11 focus points, a 2016 segment color exposure meter, and magnesium alloy body construction. The D7000 is also more expensive than the Nikon D90 — it retails for $896 (body-only) while the D90 is significantly more affordable at $406 on Amazon.

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Nikon D7000Nikon D90
Resolution 16.2 Megapixel 12.3 Megapixel
Video recording Yes, 1080p HD recording Yes
Video out Yes Yes
USB port USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Digital zoom No Yes
Maximum resolution 4928x3264 pixels 4288x2848 pixels
Minimum resolution 2464x1632 pixels 2144x1424 pixels
Built-in flash Yes Yes
Firewire port No No
Sensor type CMOS DX-format CMOS sensor
Sensor size 23.6x15.6mm 23.6x15.8mm
Storage SDHC, SDXC, Secure Digital Secure digital, SDHC compatible
Size 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in
LCD size 3-inch 3-inch 920,000 pixel
Dimensions 132x105x77 mm 132x103x77 mm
Weight 1.7 lb 1.5 lb
Bluetooth No Optional addition
Self-timer Yes Yes
Battery Li-Ion Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
ISO ratings (light sensitivity) auto, 100 - 6400 auto, 200 - 3200
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunny, User Set Color Temperature Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten
Continuous shooting 6 fps 4.5 fps
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec 1/4000 sec
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec 30 sec
Battery life 1050 shots Approx. 850 shots
Manual focus Yes Yes
Auto focus Yes Yes
Electronic viewfinder No No
Optical viewfinder Yes Yes
Voice recording Yes Yes
Frames per second (fps) 30 25
Minimum video resolution 640x424 pixels 320x216 pixels
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 pixels 1280x720 pixels
Exposure compensation -5EV - +5EV with 1/3 or 1/2 step -5EV - +5EV with 1/2 or 1/3EV steps
LCD monitor Yes Yes
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Metering modes 3D Matrix metering II, Center weighted, Spot 3D Matrix metering II, Center weighted, Spot
Video sound Yes Mono sound
External flash Yes Yes
Shutter priority Yes Yes
Aperture priority Yes Yes
External flash type Hot-shoe Hot-shoe
Flash modes anti red-eye, auto, fill in, off, rear curtin, slow flash anti red-eye, auto, fill in, front curtin, off, rear curtin, slow flash
Touch screen No No
Startup delay (seconds) 400 ms 0.15 sec
Shutter lag (seconds) 238 ms 0.065 sec
Nikon D7000 lens - the third eye
Nikon D7000 lens - the third eye


The Nikon D7000 has a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, and several features including automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration, enhanced built-in RAW processing, live view shooting mode, inbuilt time-lapse photography, dual SD memory card slots, and a built-in sensor cleaning system.

The Nikon D90 has a 12.3 megapixel resolution, extended light sensitivity capabilities, live view and automatic correction of chromatic abberation. It is also the first DSLR to offer video recording. It has a built in autofocus motor. The D90 has better speed - less shutter lag (208ms vs 238ms) and shorter startup delay (300ms vs. 400ms for D7000) and is lighter and cheaper than the D7000.


The D7000 has fast startup and shutdown times, with about 0.4 seconds from turning on to taking a shot, and a shutdown time of 0.3 seconds. Its buffer clearing time is 7 seconds after 19 JPEGs, and 9 seconds after 10 RAW frames. It switches between play to record in 0.3-0.6 seconds, and displays recorded image in 0.5 seconds.

The D90 also has fast startup and shutdown times, with about 0.3 seconds from turn on to capturing a picture, and 0.4 seconds to turn off. The buffer clearing time is 4 seconds after 20 large JPEGs or 1 second after 20 small JPEGs. It switches between play to record and to displaying images in 0.3-0.6 seconds, and the shutter response is under 0.2 seconds.


The D7000 is 5.3 x 4.1 x 3.0 inches and weighs 780g (1.7 lb) with battery. The D90 is also 5.3 x 4.1 x 3.0 inches and weighs 703g (1.6 lb) with battery.

Sensor and Image Quality

The D7000 has a 16.2 megapixel sensor with ISO ranging from 100 to 6400.

The Nikon D90 features a 12.3 megapixel sensor with ISO ranging from 100 to 6400.


The D7000 has a 3-inch LCD screen with 910,000 pixels.

The D90 also has a 3-inch LCD screen with 920,000 pixel display and a 170-degree viewing angle.


The D7000 records 1080p HD video. It can autofocus during video recording, and has a mic-jack for an external microphone. It also has limited movie editing abilities.

The D90 was the first DSLR to record video. It records 720p high-definition video with monosound. However, it cannot autofocus. Videos are limits to 2 GB file size and between 5 to 20 minutes for each continuous clip.


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