Used Nikon D90 – Bargain or Not? [2020]

Used Nikon D90 Price: How Much Are They?

Here is the short answer…$99-$120 for “Good” condition, $115-$180 for “Very Good” and $180-$350 for “Like New”.

These are very low prices and real bargains for second hand Nikon D90 cameras. A new Nikon D90 sells for about $1299.00.


So what’s the scoop on used Nikon D90 cameras?

Some people think used cameras are junk. And some used cameras are, like the cheaper ones. But a $1300 camera is not going to be abused by the owner. It’s just too expensive for that. Any photographer or person that buys a new Nikon D90 for $1300 is going to take very good care of it. They are not going to drop it or bump it or let their 5 year kid play with it. It’s just too much money at risk.

Most serious photo buffs take very good care of their cameras. They usually have it professionally cleaned and tested once a year by a Nikon repair shop. These cameras are spotless and 100% functionally perfect. I have seen a few used Nikons and I have to tell you they looked new. No scratches or dents anywhere. There were some minor wear marks on the body but otherwise Like New.

Used Nikon D90 Warranty – Is there one?

Yes, most used Nikon’s will have some sort of warranty. Most of them that I have seen had a 180 day warranty. It anything goes wrong before 180 days, it gets repaired free of charge. More other sellers will offer a 30 day warranty. You can return it for a refund within 30 days. So you have little or no risk.

Used Nikon D90 (Body Only) Examples

Used Nikon D90 Camera

This one is considered “Good Condition” and priced at $149.99. It comes with Battery Charger, Body Cap, 15000 battery, Strap and Screen Protector. Wear is 9/10 and functionality is 10/10. Very nice camera!

Here is another that is in Very Good Condition and priced at $179.99

Used Nikon D90 VG Condition

This is very nice and comes with everything a new D90 comes with but for much less money. This one does not come with a box and the warranty has expired but there is a 30 day money back guarantee.

Nikon D90 DSLR Specifications

  • DX-Format CMOS image sensor has an effective megapixel of 12.3.
  • Shutter Speeds of 30 to 1/4000 second
  • Shutter cycles/exposures tested to 100,000
  • Images Sizes 4288 x 2848, 3216 x 2136, 2144 x 1424
  • ISO Range of 200 – 3200 but can be set to ISO 6400 equivalent. The D90 has super low noise performance in these ranges.
  • EXPEED digital image processing concept
  • Movie function enables you to shoot D-Movie in 320 x 216, 640 x 424 and/or 1280 x 720 in AVI video format
  • Scene Recognition System uses a 420 pixel RGB sensor to enhance or improve auto-focus, auto-exposure and auto white balance plus integrates with Face Detection System
  • Live View uses the 3.0 inch LCD screen to enable face priority. The LCD screen is high density color with 170 degree ultra wide viewing.
  • Picture Control System has options for new Portrait and Landscape that offers more vibrant colors
  • Active D-Lighting for high contrast lighting situations
  • Multi Cam 1000 auto-focus sensor module has 11 auto-focus points to handle fast and accurate focus coverage within the frame.
  • Viewfinder with 96% frame coverage
  • Advanced Scene Modes adjust auto exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting and picture control settings automatically so you can concentrate on the shot.
  • Retouch Menus include Distortion Control, Straighten and Fisheye
  • Continuous shooting mode of 4.5 frames per second.
  • 0.15 second start up and 65 millisecond shutter release lag time.
  • Built in Flash controlled by i-TTL
  • Energy Efficiency of 850 images on a single charge.
  • Pictmotion menu creates slideshows and can combine image effects and background sound.
  • HDMI compatible output
  • Dust removal system
  • Aluminum alloy and composite body construction
  • File Formats of NEF, JPEG (fine, normal and basic), NEF + JPEG, AVI M-JPEG
  • Standard SD and SDHC memory card support
  • D90 Weight: 1 lb 6 oz.
  • Retail Price New $1299.95 (Body Only $999.95)

Nikon D90 Improvements Over the D80

The Nikon D90 was released 2 years after the D80 [2008] and with some significant improvements. Let’s take a glance at them.

  • 21% larger CMOS sensor area
  • 35 grams lighter
  • 19% greater sensor resolution [10 MP vs 12.3 MP]
  • 100% greater ISO range
  • 1/2″ larger LCD screen
  • 300% greater LCD screen resolution
  • More accurate Viewfinder [95% vs 96%]
  • 1.5 fps faster continuous shooting
  • 4 mm longer flash range
  • Higher color depth
  • Higher dynamic range
  • Video recording
  • 100% longer shutter life

Nikon D90 Pricing

  • Nikon D90 Body Only New $999
  • Nikon D90 Body Used $120 – 150 [very good]
  • Nikon D90 Body Used $170 – 200 [like new]
  • Nikon D90 w/ Lens 18-105 mm New $1200
  • Nikon D90 w/ Lens 18-105 mm Used $300 – $500
  • Nikon D90 Refurbished $589

Nikon DX vs FX Format CMOS Sensor

DX and FX refers to the size of the CMOS image sensor. The DX-Format is a smaller sensor and measures 24 mm x 16 mm while the full frame FX-Format is 36 mm x 24 mm. The benefits of the FX or larger CMOS sensor is its ability to gather more light, increased sensitivity and lower noise. The FX-format is the same size as 35 mm film. The camera’s lens should match this format. Some Len’s are for DX and others FX. However, you can use a DX lens on a FX body and the camera will automatically compensate.

Notice the Nikon D90 has a DX-Format CMOS Image Sensor.

Best All Around Lens for the Nikon D90

The best “All Around” lens for the D90 or any Nikon is going to be a small zoom lens like a Nikkor 18 – 140 mm lens. I like a small [less than 300 mm] zoom lens because it is versatile without being overly bulky and heavy. You can shoot some wide angle shots and long distance zoom too. It’s 2 or 3 lens’ in one. A 300 – 400 mm lens is definitely bulky and pretty heavy not to mention more expensive.

If you want to save some money, look for used or refurbished Nikon lens’. You can save a couple hundred dollars.

Here are my top picks

  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 mm f/3.5-5.6g [$250 refurbished]
  • Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3g [$350 new]
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6g [$850 new]

What is the EXPEED Digital Processor?

Well, it’s like the i7 Intel CPU in most computers today. It processes instructions to make the camera function. It’s quite complex and can process many instructions simultaneously. This processor can process many tasks quickly.

EXPEED can be found in the D3 and D300 in 2007. Then in the D3X, D700 and D3s. A reduced processor core EXPEED is in the D90 and D5000. These models have the consumer line version of EXPEED.

Here are the functions that the EXPEED processor controls.

  • Bayer filtering
  • Demosaicing
  • Image sensor corrections/dark-frame subtraction
  • Image noise reduction
  • Image sharpening
  • Image scaling
  • Gamma correction
  • Image enhancement/Active D-Lighting
  • Colorspace conversion
  • Chroma subsampling
  • Framerate conversion
  • Lens distortion/chromatic aberration correction
  • Image compression/JPEG encoding
  • Video compression
  • Display/video interface driving
  • Digital image editing
  • Face detection
  • Audio processing/compression/encoding
  • Computer data storage/data transmission.

Nikon D90 Accessories

  • Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote control
  • Nikon GP-1 GPS unit
  • MB-D80 multi power battery grip
  • WLAN connectivity available from third parties
  • Nikon CF-D80 soft camera case
  • Nikon Speedlight flash unit
  • Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 tethered shooting accessory

Nikon D90 DSLR Conclusion

The Nikon D90 is a feature rich and very capable DSLR camera for beginners and enthusiasts alike. A newbie can indeed, jump right in and start shooting easily thanks to Nikon’s control design, logical menu system and fantastic ergonomics. It’s “no wonder” the D90 is one of the most clicked DSLR’s online. So if you are a beginner photographer, don’t be intimidated by all the features found on the D90. It’s very intuitive/user friendly.

Nikon engineers did a fantastic job with the D90’s plastic or is it composite, wrapped metal alloy body. It looks and feels like something found on the SpaceX Rocket. It’s no “ordinary” plastic. It feels solid and tight. Nice job Nikon!

The D90’s closest competitor is the Canon EOS 50D. What you’ll like about the Nikon is it’s smaller, lighter and feels better in your hands. The D90’s weight is  1 lb 6 oz while the EOS 50D comes in at 1 lb 13 oz.

The Nikon D90 is just a pleasure to own. It’s affordable, especially the used or second hand models and takes superb images and video too. It’s really hard to beat this gem of a camera. Nikon is well known for excellence and the D90 is certainly a fine example. You cannot go wrong with it and will never out grow it either.(Check Prices at

Nikon D90 vs D7000

The Nikon D7000 was the replacement for the D90 and was released 2 years after the D90. The D7000 was released in 2010 while the D90 in 2008.

Let’s compare the specs now (D90 vs D7000).

Nikon D90 Nikon D7000 Difference
DX CMOS 12 MP DX CMOS 16 MP D7000 +
30 to 1/4000s shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000s shutter speeds D7000 +
EXPEED Image Processor EXPEED 2 Image Processor D7000 +
ISO 200 – 3200 ISO 100 – 6400 D7000 +
4.5 fps cont shooting 6 fps cont shooting D7000 +
3.0″ LCD Screen 3.0″ LCD Screen Same
Optical Viewfinder 96% Optical Viewfinder 100% Same
Battery Life 850 shots Battery Life 1050 shots D7000 +
HD Video 1280 x 720 Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 D7000 +
Weight 703 grams 780 grams D90 +
11 Auto Focus Points 39 Auto Focus Points D7000 +

 Reasons to Buy D7000 over the D90 (Check Prices on D7000)

  1. 33% more pixels in maximum sensor resolution
  2. 100% higher ISO
  3. 28 more focus points
  4. More accurate viewfinder (100% vs 96%)
  5. Faster shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s)
  6. 1.5 fps faster continuous shooting
  7. 200 more shots on single battery charge
  8. Microphone port
  9. Environmentally sealed
  10. Timelapse recording
  11. Higher color depth
  12. Higher dynamic range
  13. Better High ISO performance
  14. Higher resolution video
  15. Longer shutter life expectancy 150,000 vs 100,000
  16. Storage card slots 2 vs 1

Nikon D7000 Comments

The D7000 can certainly out perform the D90 but it is more expensive. A very good used D90 will cost about $400 – $500 with a lens. A used D7000 will cost about $500 – $900 which is a very good bargain too. So the D90 is about $100 – $200 cheaper. You have to decide if you need the higher performance of the D7000. They are both outstanding cameras for the advanced photographer or even novice. $500 is crazy cheap for either of these cameras.

Nikon D90 vs D3300

Another comparable model to the D90 is the D3300. The D3300 came out in 2014 and the D90 is 2008. The D3300 is much newer and can produce higher quality images and movies. A huge difference is the image processor, Expeed vs Expeed 4. The Expeed 4 can do a lot more and faster. The CMOS sensor is also much better at almost 100%.

APS-C CMOS Sensor – 12 MP vs 24.2 MP
Auto Focus System – 11 AF Point vs 39 AF point
ISO 200 – 3200 (expands to 6400) vs ISO 100 – 12,800 (expands to 25,600)
Image Processor – Expeed vs Expeed 4
Lens Mount – same
LCD Screen – 3.0 inch Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD on both
Optical Viewfinder – same on both
Shutter Speed – 1/4000 to 30 sec (same on both)
Frame Advance Rate – 4.5 fps vs 5 fps
Video Resolution – HD 1280 x 720 vs Full DH 1920 x 1080
Battery Life – 850 vs 700 shots
Weight – 703 grams vs 410 grams (body only)
Cost – both models sell for $350 – $500 used in very good condition. You can buy a New D3300 for $800+.


The D3300 is much newer with a faster image processor and higher performing CMOS sensor. You get more for the same price. The D3300 can handle very challenging situations in stills and video. It is a top performer in D-SLR’s.

You might also be interested in the Nikon D4s.

Nikon D90 vs D7100

The D7100 is the successor to the D7000 and was released about 2 years later in 2012. The D7100 is a significant upgrade to the D7000 and certainly the D90 also. The AF system receives a major upgrade. The focus algorithms are borrowed from the D4 51 point system. The D7100 also gets a new 3.2″ LCD display. Bigger is better.

Let’s compare specs of the D90 to the D7100.

CMOS Sensor – 12 MP vs 24.1 MP without OLPF
Auto Focus System – 11 AF Point vs 51 AF point
ISO 200 – 3200 (expands to 6400) vs ISO 100 – 6400 (expands to 25,600)
Image Processor – Expeed vs Expeed 3
Lens Mount – same
LCD Screen – 3.0 inch vs 3.2 inch TFT-LCD
Optical Viewfinder – 94% vs 100%
Shutter Speed – 1/4000 to 30 sec vs 1/8000 to 30 sec
Frame Advance Rate – 4.5 fps vs 6 fps
Video Resolution – HD 1280 x 720 vs Full DH 1920 x 1080
Battery Life – 850 vs 920 shots
Weight – 703 grams vs 765 grams (body only)
Cost – $999 New Body Only; Used $699


The D7100 has some significant upgrades over the D7000 and the D90. It should produce higher quality photos and video. Although, the D90 and D7000 sure do perform well. Stills and video are excellent on both.If you really need the edge in ultra-sharp resolution then go with a D7100 otherwise the D90 and D7000 will get the job done impressively. The D7100 is a bit more expensive. [Check Prices at]

Reasons to buy the D7100 over the D90

  • 24.1 MP without OLPF
  • 51 point AF system
  • EXPEED 3 image processing engine
  • 6 fps frame advance rate
  • 3.2 inch LCD screen
  • Higher video resolution – Full HD
  • Increased battery life

Nikon D90 vs D3200

Nikon D3200 Specifications

  • 24.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor
  • APS-C photo sensor size
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • 11 Auto Focus Points with 3D tracking
  • ISO Auto, 100-6,400 extendable to 12,800
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • 3.0″  LCD with 920,000 pixels
  • EXPEED 3 image processor
  • Microphone input
  • Twin IR remote receivers
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Beginner Guide mode
  • Retail Price $599.95

D90 vs D3200 Specs Comparison

Nikon D90 Nikon D3200 Difference
DX CMOS 12 MP DX CMOS 24.2 MP D3200 +
30 to 1/4000s shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000s shutter speeds Same
EXPEED Image Processor EXPEED 3 Image Processor D3200 +
ISO 200 – 3,200 ISO 100 – 6,400 D3200 +
4.5 fps cont shooting 4 fps cont shooting D90 +
3.0″ LCD Screen 3.0″ LCD Screen Same
Optical Viewfinder 95% Optical Viewfinder 95% Same
Battery Life 850 shots Battery Life 540 shots D90 +
HD Video 1280 x 720 Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 D3200 +
Weight 703 grams 505 grams [body only] Same
11 Auto Focus Points 11 Auto Focus Points Same
Multi-CAM 1000 AF sensor Multi-CAM 1000 AF sensor Same

Reason to Buy the D3200 over the D90

  • 24.2 MP CMOS over 12.2 MP
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • Greater Light Sensitivity ISO
  • Full HD Video 1080p
  • Price Tag $589 w/ lens [New]

Nikon D90 vs D7200

The D7200 is really ahead of the D90 by leaps and bounds and it should because it’s much newer. The EXPEED 4 image processing sensor along with the Multi-CAM 3500 II AF sensor make the D7200 incredible and no match for the D90. Every feature of the D90 is improved in the D7200 significantly. The D7200 is such a bargain at $800.

Nikon D7200 Specifications

  • 24.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor
  • APS-C photo sensor size
  • Shutter Speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Multi-CAM 3500 II AF Sensor
  • 51 Auto Focus Points with 3D tracking
  • ISO Auto, 100-25,600 extendable to 102,400
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • 3.2″  LCD with 1229K pixels
  • EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Microphone input
  • Twin IR remote receivers
  • WiFi connectivity [built in]
  • Battery Life 1,110 shots or 80 minutes of video
  • 2 SD Card slots
  • Beginner Guide mode
  • Retail Price New $799.95 [Body Only] Used $560 – $700

D90 vs D7200 Comparison

Nikon D90 Nikon D7200 Difference
DX CMOS 12 MP DX CMOS 24.2 MP D7200 +
30 to 1/4000s shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000s shutter speeds D7200 +
EXPEED Image Processor EXPEED 4 Image Processor D7200 +
ISO 200 – 3,200 ISO 100 – 25,600 D7200 +
4.5 fps cont shooting 6 fps cont shooting D7200 +
3.0″ LCD Screen 3.2″ LCD Screen D7200 +
Optical Viewfinder 95% Optical Viewfinder 100% D7200 +
Battery Life 850 shots Battery Life 1,110 shots D7200 +
HD Video 1280 x 720 Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 D7200 +
Weight 703 grams 765 grams [body only] Same
11 Auto Focus Points 51 Auto Focus Points D7200 +
Multi-CAM 1000 AF sensor Multi-CAM 3500 II AF sensor D7200 +

Reasons to Buy the D7200 over the D90

This is simple…everything. The only reason to not buy the D7200 over the D90 is price. If you don’t have $800 to spend then get a used D90 for about $350.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Nikon D90 a good camera? In my opinion, the D90 is a fantastic camera for both the beginner and experienced. It has a lot of great features that will produce super high quality stills and video. The D90 is pretty easy to use too.

Is the Nikon D90 a good camera for beginners? Yes, it is a great camera for beginners. It is very easy to pick up and start shooting. AF and AE make it simple to shoot like a Pro.

Which is better D90 or D3200? The D3200 is a newer and more advanced model and has a higher performing CMOS sensor of 24 MP vs the 12.3 MP of the D90.

When was the Nikon D90 discontinued? The D90 was discontinued in 2010 when the D7000 was released.

What camera replaced the Nikon D90? – The Nikon D7000 replaced the D90. It features a higher resolution CMOS sensor and higher performing AF system.

Is the D90 a Full Frame camera? No, the D90 is not a Full Frame camera. It has a DX-Format CMOS sensor which is smaller than a FX-Format [full frame] sensor.

Does the Nikon D90 shoot video? Yes, in D-Movie and AVI formats

Does the Nikon D90 have WiFi? No, it does not. It uses Compact Flash Cards for storage and file transfers and a USB cable.