Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D90 vs 70D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D90
10.0
EOS 70D
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D90
6.8
EOS 70D
9.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D90
8.7
EOS 70D
9.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D90
9.5
EOS 70D
9.5
Reviews from 1001noisycameras.com, nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com and 3 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D90
9.3
EOS 70D
9.6

Winner
Canon EOS 70D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 70D  based on its focusing and responsiveness.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D90 vs EOS 70D

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

Nikon D90
977 ISO
EOS 70D
926 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D90
208 ms
EOS 70D
75 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D90
67 ms
EOS 70D
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D90
300 ms
EOS 70D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D90
4.5 fps
EOS 70D
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D90
850 photos
EOS 70D
920 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D90  vs EOS 70D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D90
12.2 MP
EOS 70D
20 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D90
6,400 ISO
EOS 70D
25,600 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 70D
0.59x

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

Nikon D90
30.5 microns
EOS 70D
16.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D90  vs EOS 70D 

8.0
8.3
The LCD is really nice, with a responsive touch screen and good visibility in most conditions.
EOS 70D

10.0
10.0
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
9.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D90  vs
EOS 70D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 20 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848 5472 x 3648
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm 22.5 x 15 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 30.5 microns 16.9 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 19
Cross type focus points 1 19
Supports continuous No Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 103 x 77 mm 145 x 106 x 79 mm
Thickness 77 mm 79 mm
Weight 703 g 755 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D90  vs
EOS 70D 
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 Phase detection
Autofocus type N/A Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous N/A Yes

display

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

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 96% 98%
Magnification 0.96x 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.63x 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4.5 fps 7 fps
Battery life 850 920
Continuous shooting
4.5 fps, JPEG
7 fps
Focus lag 208 ms 75 ms
Shutter lag 67 ms 59 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 700 ms
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