Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D90 vs 600D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from 1001noisycameras.com, nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com and 3 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Nikon D90 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D90  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D90 vs EOS 600D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D90
977 ISO
EOS 600D
793 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D90
2,450 LPH
EOS 600D
2,500 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D90
208 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D90
67 ms
EOS 600D
87 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D90
300 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D90
4.5 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D90  vs EOS 600D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D90
12.2 MP
EOS 600D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D90
6,400 ISO
EOS 600D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D90
0.63x
EOS 600D
0.53x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D90
30.5 microns
EOS 600D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D90  vs EOS 600D 

9.0
8.0
The viewfinder itself is very good, with a large bright screen and clearly marked AF points, and none of the tunnel-like appearance of some other APS-C sized DSLRs.
Nikon D90

8.0
7.8
There are also the usual array of improvements and additions to shooting controls, including an expansion of Active D-Lighting parameters (you can now go extra high), nine slots for custom Picture Control settings, which can be uploaded to Nikon's Capture NX 2 raw-processing software, as well as advanced scene modes that incorporate Picture Controls and Active D-Lighting, and that can automatically program shift to slower shutter speeds when the camera knows a VR lens is attached.
Nikon D90

10.0
8.0
Really, though, the Nikon D90's features, performance and value are so immense that it has to be given one of our all-time highest scores.
Nikon D90

Overall

9.0 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D90  vs
EOS 600D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 30.5 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,450 LPH 2,500 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,450 LPH 2,500 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 103 x 77 mm 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
Thickness 77 mm 79.7 mm
Weight 703 g 570 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D90  vs
EOS 600D 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps (AVI, MJPEG) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
Autofocus while shooting video Manual Manual
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 930 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 96% 95%
Magnification 0.96x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.63x 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4.5 fps 3.7 fps
Battery life 850 440
Continuous shooting
4.5 fps, JPEG
3.7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 208 ms 283 ms
Shutter lag 67 ms 87 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 1,500 ms
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