Nikon D700 vs Nikon D90

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D700 and Nikon D90. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D700
Nikon D90

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

These two camera models were both released 2008.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D700 Nikon 2008
Nikon D90 Nikon 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D700 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D90 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D700 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D90 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D700 has a 12,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D90 has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D700 12,1 MP 12052992 4256 2832
Nikon D90 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848

Nikon D90 has a 1 % larger resolution than Nikon D700. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D700 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D90. Nikon D700 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 25600 while Nikon D90 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D700 200-25600
Nikon D90 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D700
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D90

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D700 can shoot up to 5-8 pictures per seconds and Nikon D90 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D700 5-8
Nikon D90 4,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D90. Sadly, the Nikon D700 does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D700 weighs 1074 gr (equal to 2,37 lb) which is 53% heavier than Nikon D90 and its 703 gr (or 1,55 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D700 1074 gr 2,37 lb
Nikon D90 703 gr 1,55 lb