Comparison / Difference between Nikon D90 VS Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Comparison / Difference between Nikon D90 & Canon Digital Rebel XSi

End Result: With a difference of almost $400 in price Nikon D90 is better in most aspects

Same Features in Nikon D90 & Canon Digital Rebel XSi:

  1. Both cameras uses CMOS sensors
  2. Both cameras does not have image stabilization, you need to buy a lens with image stabilization feature.
  3. Both Nikon D90 and Canon Rebel XSi has same minimum and maximum shutter speed that ranges from 30 sec to 1/4000 sec.
  4. Both cameras have built in pop-up flash
  5. You can use external flash with both cameras
  6. Both cameras can use remote control
  7. Optical viewfinder – a must in SLR cameras
  8. Capture Raw as all other SLR cameras
  9. Li-on battery operated

Difference & Comparisons of Nikon D90 & Canon Digital Rebel XSi:

Difference and comparisons are given below in the form of chart.


Nikon D90

Digital Rebel XSi

Date Announced






Sensor Size

23.6 x 15.8 mm
(3.72 cm²)

22.2 x 14.8 mm
(3.28 cm²)

Pixel Density

3.3 MP/cm²

3.7 MP/cm²

LCD Pixels



ISO Ratings

Auto, 200 – 3200,
6400 with boost

Auto, 100, 200,
400, 800, 1600

Flash Range



Exposure compensation

-5 to +5 EV in
1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

-2 to +2 EV in
1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps

Continuous shooting



Movie / Video Clips










5.2 x 4.1 x 3 in

5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4

Nikon D90 Advantages over Canon XSi / 450D

  1. With almost same resolution these cameras announced in the same year.
  2. Bigger sensor size mean, better pictures with better light and better quality. To notice the difference between quality zoom in the picture to the actual size and then view it.
  3. Nikon D90 camera is offered with 18-105mm lens as compare to the Canon XSi 18-55mm lens, if you are taking the body only then you can chose whatever lens you want to.
  4. LCD size for both cameras are same however D90 LCD let you view excellent quality picture and the difference is quite noticeable
  5. Nikon D90 camera works excellent in low light condition making your pictures bright and visible enough to appriciate
  6. Faster shooting speed than the canon XSi means just click and click and you can take many pictures at once.
  7. It makes really nice quality videos that canon XSi can not, you can even use the manual zoom option to zoom during the videos, it might not take excellent videos while panning the camera in fast speed however at normal circumstances I loved the videos Nikon D90 makes.
  8. Better exposure compensation options to reduce of increase light according to the situation
  9. Better built in flash range allows you to take picture of farther subject better
  10. Very impressive range of ISO, it does not offer ISO 100 as Canon XSi does still you might not feel the difference in both cameras picture taken on ISO 200 on Nikon D90 and ISO 100 on canon XSi. even the AUTO ISO option on D90 works pretty fine as it adjusted according to the shutter speed and turn out a good result.
  11. Its very user friendly, more than the Canon XSi, you feel yourself very comfortable while using this camera.

Canon Digital Rebel XSi Advantages over Nikon D90:

  1. Very less costly almost $400 cheaper than the Nikon D90
  2. Canon Digital Rebel XSi offers almost the same resolution as Nikon D90.
  3. Canon Digital Rebel XSi offers 100 ISO that Nikon D90 does not.
  4. Very light weight than the XSi and smaller as well.

Overall Conclusion / Final Words:

Over all both cameras are really nice and excellent choices, however the more you invest more the outcome will be, Nikon D90 is indeed a better camera than Canon digital rebel XSi in almost every aspect so chose the best if you can invest more money.

Nikon D90 DSLR Camera

Canon Digital Rebel XSi SLR camera