Canon EOS 90D Review – Canon proves that DSLRs are still relevant in the age of mirrorless cameras

The Canon EOS 90D is a new midrange DSLR that was released to replace the 3.5-year-old 80D. It is designed to be placed between the EOS 77D and the EOS 7D Mark II, which is currently in production.

It features a new sensor with a higher resolution and excellent Raw image quality, and it also provides competitive live view autofocus (with eye detection), in addition to 4K video capture, all while maintaining the same familiar form factor.

The EOS 90D might be seen of as the DSLR equivalent of Canon’s mirrorless EOS M6 Mark II, which was released at the same time as the 90D.

Because the specifications are so similar, it appears that Canon is giving prospective purchasers the option to pick the kind of shooting experience they want: either a midsize DSLR with an optical viewfinder and more physical controls or a smaller and lighter mirrorless model with a removable electronic finder. Both cameras have nearly identical specifications. Additionally, there is a distinct difference in the native lens lineups available for EF and M mounts, which may appeal to a variety of different user demographics.

Key Specs

  • 32.5 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Dual Pixel autofocus (live view/video)
  • AF of the 45-point all cross-type (through the viewfinder)
  • metering sensor with 220k pixels and facial recognition
  • 7 frames per second in burst mode with continuous autofocus
  • touchscreen display with full articulation measuring 3 inches
  • Optical viewfinder with a coverage area of one hundred percent
  • capturing video in 4K at 30p with no cropping
  • Micro USB connection paired with a USB 2.0 port
  • Wi-Fi in addition to Bluetooth

Although the outward design of the 90D does not significantly deviate from the pattern established by the 80D, the internal workings of the new camera are quite a bit different, which we will discuss on the next page. The 80D was the model that established the pattern.

What’s New?

Key takeaways

  • A brand-new 32.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is utilized by the 90D. This sensor is identical to the one utilized by the EOS M6 Mark II.
  • When shooting through the viewfinder, it employs a 45-point autofocus system that is entirely cross-type. When utilizing the viewfinder, face identification is now possible thanks to an updated metering sensor.
  • The Canon 90D features an extremely powerful Dual Pixel AF system when shooting in live view.
  • The 90D is capable of shooting at a rate of 10 frames per second when using the optical viewfinder (OVF) and 7 frames per second when using a live view.

A newly developed 32.5 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is utilized in the EOS 90D, just like it was utilized in the EOS M6 Mark II, which was also released at the same time. If you choose, you may increase the sensor’s sensitivity to a maximum of 51,200 from its default range of 100-25,600 ISO. The sensor has a native ISO range of 100-25,600.

Dual Pixel CMOS focusing technology can be found on the sensor of the Canon 90D, just like it can be found on the sensors of other contemporary Canon models. This technology is employed for both live view and video capture. Because the active Dual Pixels on the Canon EOS 90D are utilized for obtaining focus data from both the left and right directions, there is no possibility of striping or banding, which is a problem that may occur with other cameras that employ on-sensor phase detection.

The ‘Dual Pixels’ on the Canon EOS 90D encompass 88% of the sensor’s width and virtually the whole height of the sensor. When set to Auto Area mode, the camera may choose from a maximum of 143 points; however, when set to single-point mode, there are more than 5000 points available for selection.

When shooting in live view, the capabilities of the 90D may be expanded by switching from an electronic front-curtain shutter to a completely mechanical shutter.

You are able to take use of the Eye AF feature that was first introduced in the EOS R and RP when shooting in live view mode. Although not the greatest in its class, this system is still extremely good. The touchscreen or the multi-controller may be used to navigate through the different faces.

Additionally, the capabilities of the 90D may be expanded by switching from the electronic front-curtain shutter (EFCS) to the completely mechanical shutter while shooting in live view. Prior to the release of the Canon 90D, the majority of Canon DSLRs utilized (or defaulted to) EFCS. However, putting the 90D into mechanical shutter mode enables quicker burst speeds while maintaining focus.

The electronic shutter included in the 90D is capable of shutter speeds as quick as 1/16000 of a second. Obviously, there is also a mechanical shutter, which has a maximum speed of 1/8000 of a second.

Autofocusing And Metering Via The Viewfinder

When shooting via the viewfinder, the focusing mechanism of the 90D is fairly comparable to the one found in the previous 80D. It has 45 points, and all of them are of the cross-type phase-detect variety. As was the case with the 80D, users who are accustomed to shooting in live view or using mirrorless choices may find the restricted dispersion of AF points across the viewfinder to be somewhat restrictive. There are a total of 27 points, nine of which are of the cross-type kind, when apertures of F8 and wider are used.

The metering system in the 90D is all new and features 220,000 pixels, which is an increase from the 80D’s 7,560 pixels. The most interesting thing about this camera is that it takes after Canon’s higher-end models in that it features face identification while shooting via the viewfinder. Canon calls this technology EOS iTR AF. Face detection is a capability that has been available on certain competing cameras for quite some time.

The ‘Spot AF’ focusing area for viewfinder photography is another feature that has been seen on higher-end Canon DSLRs in the past and has been inherited by the EOS 90D. It will take a fraction of a second longer to establish focus, but it ought to be more accurately consistent over time than a typical single AF point would be.

Shooting In Bursts

The EOS 90D is a speedy camera, even if it does not feature a burst mode that can shoot at 30 frames per second in Raw like the EOS M6 Mark II. If you look via the camera’s optical viewfinder, you’ll receive a frame rate of 10 fps while shooting using the autofocus mode, and you can increase that to 11 fps by locking the focus. You will be able to shoot at a burst rate of 7 frames per second with autofocus and the full mechanical shutter if you prefer shooting in live view.

Video

The 90D is able to record Ultra High Definition 4K video at 30 frames per second (or 25 frames per second in PAL territories), although it does not handle 24 frames per second in either of its Full HD settings. There is not a 4K crop mode as there is on some other new Canon cameras (we’re looking at you, EOS R/RP) (though a crop mode is available to boost detail and reduce rolling shutter). The camera has a maximum internal recording time of 29 minutes and 59 seconds, but it can also output an uncompressed signal via HDMI with a color depth of 8 bits and a 4:2:2 color format.

There is also a 1080/120p video option available, although the focus can only be adjusted manually.

Mobile Raw Workflow

Canon’s new CR3 Raw format, which includes a compressed ‘C-Raw’ option, is used in the EOS 90D, just as it is used in the mirrorless EOS M6 II camera that the EOS 90D is related to. This results in reduced file size while having a minimal influence on the processing flexibility you get out of the files (the primary way you’ll notice the difference is if you push the shadows by many stops).

Digital Photo Professional Express, which is the mobile version of Canon’s Raw processing software, allows for the export of any type of Raw file via Wi-Fi and allows for the editing of either type of Raw file. At this time, the application is only accessible for Apple’s iOS; but, it wouldn’t surprise us if an Android version was ever developed.

Even though the Nikon D7500 has a bigger optical viewfinder and a few more AF points, the Canon 90D is able to keep up with it. In spite of this, the Canon is head and shoulders above the D7500 in terms of its live view autofocus. The Pentax KP is unable to compete with its Canon and Nikon contemporaries, despite the fact that it has a really useful image stabilization system built right into the body.

In comparison to the mirrorless Sony a6400, the Canon 90D has a higher resolution and a longer battery life; but, the Sony a6400 has quicker continuous shooting, comes in a much smaller and lighter form, and has pricing that is more appealing.

Both The Body And The Controls

Key takeaways

  • The layout of the 90D and its predecessor are quite comparable, with the inclusion of an 8-way joystick representing the most significant modification in terms of design.
  • However, there is a catch associated with the new joystick: its functionality will never deviate from that of the other 8-way controller.
  • Both the fully articulated touch LCD and the optical viewfinder are identical to those found in the 80D.
  • The 90D includes jacks for headphones and a microphone, in addition to a Micro USB connection that is compatible with transfer speeds up to USB 2.0.
  • The camera makes use of the LP-E6N battery, which is also found in a variety of other Canon devices, and the battery life is very respectable.
  • There is not an internal USB port for charging.

In-Depth

The bodies of the EOS 90D and the 80D, which came before it, are virtually indistinguishable from one another, with one major exception. The 90D is one ounce and 29 grams lighter, and the measurements are slightly different by one or two millimeters. The body of the 90D is weather-sealed and has been designed to sit comfortably in your hand. It falls somewhere in the middle of the EOS 77D and the 7D Mark II in terms of size and construction.

The shutter release button on the Canon EOS 90D has greater ‘travel’ than the one on the Canon EOS 80D, giving the impression that the 90D is a more advanced Canon DSLR. It has the distinct impression of being far more similar to a 5D Mark IV than a Rebel.

New Multi-controller

The primary improvement to the 90D’s ergonomics is the addition of a brand new multi-controller, which Canon refers to as an 8-way joystick. Already present on the 80D (and encircled by a control dial), a second of these may be found on the 90D. The good news is that this controller is situated in an accessible location, which enables the focal point to be adjusted with ease. The piece of bad news is that the joystick is a slave control, which means that it can only do the same action as the other control and that its settings cannot be differentiated from that of the other control.

It was necessary to reposition a few buttons in order to make room for the new joystick, although the changes were not particularly significant.

LCD And Viewfinder

The LCD and viewfinder specifications of the 90D are identical to those of its predecessor. The completely articulating and touch-enabled LCD screen measures 3 inches diagonally and has 1.04 million dots. You may, of course, use the tap-to-shoot function, as well as focus and replay previously captured photographs. The fact that any menu, including the Q menu, can be browsed by touching the screen is another feature that we really like.

The optical viewfinder has a magnification of 0.59x equivalent, despite the fact that it is not as huge as the finders in the Nikon D7500 or the Pentax KP. Nonetheless, it is still respectable.

Ports

  • The 90D comes equipped with a variety of ports, including the following:
  • Microphone input
  • Audio output for headphones
  • Remote cable
  • USB 2.0 (Micro USB connector)
  • HDMI

The 90D does not come equipped with a USB Type-C port, in contrast to the M6 Mark II. Instead, it features a Micro USB port that is compatible with speeds up to USB 2.0. Those who were hoping for lightning-fast file transfers to a computer may be disappointed to learn that the Canon EOS 90D does not support this feature. In addition, you won’t be able to use the Micro USB port to either charge the battery or power the camera.

User interface

The user interface does not deviate vary significantly from what is offered on the 80D. The menu system and the two different Quick Control menus are extremely similar to one another. When you are shooting with the viewfinder, pushing the ‘Q’ button will offer you the information display that has been present on Canon cameras for an eon. When viewing the scenario in live view, the options will appear on the side of the screen. Touch functionality is available on both.

One important point to keep in mind is that you can only access the menu options that are exclusive to live view if you go into the menus straight from live view. The same may be said for settings that are exclusive to either see through the viewfinder or recording video. The meaning of this wasn’t quite clear to us.

The number of buttons that may be customized and the options that can be assigned to those buttons are both somewhat restricted; nonetheless, there is no shortage of buttons that are exclusively assigned to certain functions. ‘Custom shooting modes’ may be saved in either of the camera’s two available slots on the mode dial, which is a convenient feature to have if you routinely shoot with the same settings.

Power

In keeping with the idea that “not much has changed on the surface,” the fact that the Canon EOS 90D utilizes the same LP-E6N lithium-ion battery as the Canon EOS 80D should not come as a great surprise to anybody. When shooting via the viewfinder, Canon believes that its batteries will last for 1300 shots (per CIPA standards).

When using live view, you may anticipate getting around 450 photos off of a single battery. If you shoot normally, you should be able to get a good deal more shots out of your camera than the numbers that are produced by utilizing the CIPA standard.

Canon provides the BG-E14 grip as a means of extending the battery life of the camera and facilitating easier holding while working with bigger lenses. This grip has been around since the days of the 70D, and it does not have a second joystick.

Image Quality


The new Canon EOS 90D boasts an APS-C sensor with 32.5 megapixels, making it the chip with the greatest resolution in its class. The image quality of this camera has considerably enhanced across the board in comparison to its 24MP predecessor, and the Raw IQ is on pace with the best of its APS-C competitors, regardless of whether it is mirrorless or DSLR camera. JPEG color from the 90D remains a fan favorite, but the camera’s high ISO noise reduction is poor and blurs detail.

Key takeaways

  • Exceptional detail capture in raw format and low noise performance at high ISO
  • A JPEG hue that’s easy on the eyes
  • The use of aggressive JPEG noise reduction causes the loss of fine detail in the image.
  • Strong unprocessed dynamic range for the class

The majority of the 90D’s APS-C rivals have sensors with fewer megapixels than the 32.5-megapixel sensor found on the 90D. (11.5MP more than the Nikon D7500). As a consequence of this, it demonstrates improved detail capture at the fundamental ISO, as can be seen in the readability of the extremely fine writing. You can also notice better Raw detail from the 90D in the sketch of the old man’s face, as well as in the etching.

In contrast to the a6400, the lack of moiré in the 90D images shows the presence of an anti-analyzing filter (and D7500). You don’t only receive the best Raw detail capture available; also, you won’t have to worry about moiré artifacts.

The noise levels seem to be on par with those of the competitors and slightly better than those of its predecessor. The noise levels rise when the ISO value is increased. This is still the case even in extremely high ISO settings. In a similar vein, when the illumination is very low, there is a discernible difference in the noise levels between the 70D and the 80D.

When switching to JPEG mode, Canon colors continue to be a preference with great deep reds and yellows that seem less green than those of the a6400, despite the fact that we still prefer Nikon’s yellows. The greens produced by Canon do not stand out nearly as much as those produced by Sony, but overall, we are seeing extremely beautiful color here, which is comparable to that of the 80D.

The base ISO sharpening for JPEGs is rather well-judged, although the Canon does not quite extract as much fine detail as the Sony does. However, there does not appear to be any stair-stepping in straight lines, which is a telltale indicator of over-sharpening and is a positive sign in this case.

Canon’s noise reduction steps in with a strong hand that only becomes heavier as the ISO number grows. As a result, more and more fine detail is blurred away as the ISO value climbs.

When you reach extremely high ISOs, the JPEG detail capture begins to lag behind both the Nikon and the Sony in a noticeable way. In conclusion, despite the fact that the 90D is capable of collecting comparable or even higher levels of Raw detail at high ISO in comparison to the a6400, the Canon is unable to translate that detail into its JPEGs in the same manner that the Sony does.

The suppression of chroma noise is often Canon’s primary concern, whereas the company takes a more relaxed approach to deal with luminance noise, sometimes known as grain. The luminance noise is reduced more effectively by more advanced context-sensitive noise reduction algorithms, such as the ones found in the a6400, which also do a better job of preserving fine detail.

And while though the noise reduction of the Canon EOS 90D may appear to be an improvement over that of the Canon EOS 80D, the fact is that because the 90D begins with a considerably higher resolution, there is a fair likelihood that it is virtually the same.

The Range Of Available Energies

The dynamic range offered by the 90D is respectable rather than exceptional. During our ISO invariance test, we take photos at an ISO setting of 3200 and then utilize the identical exposure values at an ISO setting of 100; any changes in noise must originate from the camera (which is then being overcome by the additional amplification being applied at the higher ISO setting). When seen at a common output size, the result of the Canon EOS 90D is equivalent to that of its competitors, despite the fact that it does not lead the pack in its category.

If you’re trying to shoot a low-light scene with bright highlight detail that you’d like to capture, this gives you the opportunity to use a lower ISO setting. Although there will be a slight increase in noise, you’ll be able to keep multiple stops of extra highlight detail because you won’t be adding any amplification.

When shooting in strong light, you may lower exposure to get more highlights in the shot, and then boost the brightness of the shadow area afterward. This is the other method for taking use of a broad dynamic range. When you reduce the exposure in this manner, you end up collecting less light, and as a result, you are more likely to detect the randomness of the light in your photographs.

This causes the noise in your images to become more pronounced (photon shot noise). However, certain cameras have reduced read noise, which allows them to perform better than others. When we compare the photographs captured by the 90D in this manner using our exposure latitude test, we find that it is once again competitive with the images captured by its APS-C counterparts, although it is not the class leader.

Autofocus

The typical through-the-viewfinder phase-detection technique on the Canon EOS 90D is not as reliable as the live view Dual Pixel autofocus found on that camera. Even while the number of AF points in live view is far more than the 45-point spread of the classic AF system, you will still be able to achieve quicker bursts of photography by using the viewfinder.

Key takeaways

  • When shooting in live view, AF performance is noticeably more dependable than when shooting through the finder; nevertheless, the burst rate is 3 frames per second slower.
  • Face and eye identification is extremely reliable in live view (stills and video)
  • Through-the-viewfinder AF reliability is inferior to that of competing DSLRs.

AF Overview

The Canon 90D incorporates not one but two distinct focusing systems, one of which is used when shooting via the viewfinder and the other when using live view. When it comes to the former, the camera makes use of a 45-point point, all cross-type system that isn’t all that unlike the one that can be found in the 80D.

Only 27 points are available for scoring when shooting with lenses stopped down to F8 or smaller (nine of which are cross-type). When compared to 2019, both the point spread and the total amount of points feel like they are on the low end. However, a new metering sensor with a greater resolution (220,000 pixels, up from 7,560), which is utilized for subject recognition, enables face detection when shooting via the finder. This is a feature that was not available on the 80D.

When shooting in live view, both the depth of field and the number of AF points are significantly expanded. Autofocus is provided by Canon’s Dual Pixel system, which is used by the 90D. Dual Pixels cover approximately 100 percent of the vertical frame and 88 percent of the horizontal frame, and users may select from a range of 5000 focus points. Additionally, an eye detection function has been added to live view.

Customizing AF

High-end Canon cameras come equipped with a specialized focusing menu that features choices tailored to a variety of different shooting scenarios and may be customized accordingly. Regrettably, the AF adjustments on the Canon 90D, which are found under the camera’s perplexing and disorganized Custom Function menu, are not situation-specific, and to make matters worse, they are not very easy to understand.

Canon has provided an “info” tab for each choice, which explains exactly what settings will be modified when that option is selected. However, the phrasing might be somewhat perplexing at times.

We kept the majority of the settings at their defaults so we could test them, but after some trial and error, you could discover that changing the settings increases your hit rate. One of the settings that we were able to customize was the behavior of the camera when the ‘Auto Area’ through-the-finder mode or the ‘Face Detect + Tracking’ in live view mode was selected (C.Fn 11).

In any of these modes, the camera will automatically choose a subject to photograph, often the face or subject that is located closest to the camera inside the picture. However, this may be altered such that you have the ability to pick your initial topic manually through the use of a focus point.

Performance Of The Af

AF speed

When we do our straight-on bike tests, we use a single AF point to see how well a camera is able to retain focus on a subject that is swiftly approaching. Every one of our bike tests was carried out using a Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens set to a 200mm equivalent focal length.

(135mm on APS-C) and shooting at the maximum burst speed possible while leaving the autofocus settings at their factory defaults (with the exception of the one noted above). First, we evaluated the through-the-viewfinder autofocus speed at ten frames per second.

Af Tracking In The Finder Of The Camera

The next thing that we did was check the camera’s ability to keep its focus on a subject that was moving closer to the camera while simultaneously following that subject as it moved across the frame. When compared to the 80D, the metering sensor in the 90D from Canon has a higher resolution thanks to an upgrade.

Since the metering sensor is also utilized for image recognition, we anticipated that the 90D would perform far better than the 80D in terms of autofocus tracking when seen through the viewfinder; nevertheless…

Face/eye Detect

The ‘Face+Tracking’ mode of the 90D now includes eye detection, and our qualitative testing has shown that it is incredibly sticky. When a person turns their head or is momentarily obscured, the camera makes a smooth transition from eye recognition to facial detection to a flurry of points and then back again. The ‘Face+tracking’ mode with eye detect on the 90D is really useful, despite the fact that it does not have nearly the same degree of pinpoint accuracy as, for example, Sony’s Eye AF, which is a standard in the industry.

If more than one face is seen in a scene, the 90D gives priority to the one that is closest to the camera. However, it will signal the presence of additional faces by placing a little arrow on each side of the face detect box. You may switch to a new face and track it by giving the AF joystick or the D-pad a brief nudge in the appropriate direction. On rare occasions, however, we have seen that Canon’s technology skips between different people’s faces in a scene.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you adjust the beginning focus in ‘Face+Tracking’ mode from ‘Auto’ to a manually set point, the camera will normally favor the face that is underneath your starting point. This is something to keep in mind. In the event that there is not a face under your AF point, the camera will simply focus on the item and continue to follow it. Because of this, you will be able to utilize the ‘Face+Tracking’ mode for many other kinds of photography, which is a really positive development.

Face Detection

When shooting through the viewfinder, Canon also included a facial detection feature, as was previously announced. Although it does a respectable job of locating faces, the fact that it uses just 45 points means that it is not nearly as exact or accurate as Face Detect in live view. In addition, there is no simple way to switch between faces if there is more than one face present. In the event that no face is identified, the camera will concentrate its attention on the subject that is closest to it.

And in a manner analogous to live view, if you change the initial focus setting in ‘Auto Area’ from ‘Auto’ to a manually selected point, the camera will generally prioritize focus on whatever is under the point (regardless of whether or not it is a face), rather than prioritize focus on a face elsewhere in the scene, as ‘Auto’ does. This is in contrast to the behavior of ‘Auto’, which prioritizes focus on a face somewhere else in the scene.

Video

When it comes to video, the EOS 90D’s full-width 4K/30p capture looks OK, but it lacks the level of clarity that is available from competing cameras that provide oversampled 4K. In addition, it is disheartening that neither the 4K nor the Full HD capture modes provide a 24p option. However, Video AF does a decent job of remaining focused on the subjects in the frame.

Key takeaways

  • Excellent, effective video AF
  • Uncropped 4K video at 30 frames per second has a grainy appearance and fewer details than other formats.
  • Decent-looking video shot in full high definition
  • The use of digital picture stabilization results in a significant loss of image resolution.
  • There is no choice for 24p in either 4K or 1080p.
  • 1080/120p with no audio or AF
  • a moving shutter that is well managed.
  • Video quality

When shooting in 1080 or 4K, there is no choice for 24 frames per second, and this will be our first topic of discussion. Nobody really knows why Canon persisted in imposing this somewhat arbitrary video limitation, but market segmentation is the most plausible explanation for their decision.

The faster frame rate does not have autofocus (to unlock 1080/120p, choose “high Frame Rate” under “Movie rec quality” in the settings). There are both 1080/60p and 1080/120p choices for slow-motion recording. However, the faster frame rate does not have AF.

In terms of video quality, the 4K footage captured by Canon, which makes use of the whole width of the sensor, appears a little hazy, particularly when contrasted with the oversampled 4K captured by the Sony a6400. The 4K footage captured by the 90D appears to have a much lower level of detail compared to that captured by the Nikon D7500 and the Fujifilm X-T30.

There is a 4K crop option available on the 90D that, in exchange for a more constricted viewfinder, gives a minor improvement in the level of detail captured in the image. These advancements aren’t going to shake the foundation of the world, but they are evident. However, the 4K crop mode of the 90D cannot come close to matching the level of detail captured by the 4K crop mode of the a6400.

On the other side, 1080p footage appears to have greater detail than the 1080p film captured by the a6400 (which is very mediocre), an improvement over the footage captured by the 80D, and similar to the footage captured by the X-T30. Last but not least, the 90D’s 1080/120p high frame rate mode has an appearance that is superior to that of the A6400s and is comparable to the high-speed footage captured by the X-T30.

The Canon EOS 90D is capable of shooting in 4K at 30 frames per second or 1080 at 60 frames per second from the full width of its sensor, or it can increase crop factors to give two different degrees of digital image stabilization. The 1.2x crop results in somewhat better detailed 4K footage at 30 frames per second than the camera’s 1080p output at 120 frames per second. Again, there are two more crop levels that are available for the 4K option in order to provide IS.

Vloggers and casual video shooters will find a lot to like in the 90D thanks to its sticky video AF with eye detection (see sample above), articulating touchscreen, headphone and microphone connections, and uncropped 4K for a wide field of view. These features give the camera a lot of appeals.

Because the camera is quite cumbersome to handle for lengthy periods of time and there is no in-body stabilization (as mentioned previously, please refer to the video that is located above), you will need to make use of some kind of stabilization device. Canon does provide two levels of digital IS, they simply come with heavy cropping.

The Canon 90D is probably not going to be very appealing to wannabe filmmakers. It adds focus peaking, which was not available on the 80D, but it does not include now-standard video features such as zebra stripes or a correct Log gamma setting (a very flat tone curve useful for color grading).

It is stated in the handbook that the 90D has a 10-bit output mode through HDMI; however, this mode can only be utilized to display an HDR preview of RAW files when it is connected to a TV or monitor that is capable of doing so.

Canon EOS 90D Specs

Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialAluminum alloy
Sensor
Max resolution6960 x 4640
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels33 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors34 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 8
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon CR3, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points45
Number of cross-type focus points45
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.95× (0.59× 35mm Equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesPortrait, Group Photo, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Food, Kids, Candlelight, Panning
Built-in flashYes
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuous lowContinuous highContinuous shooting (panning)Silent single shootingSelf-timer/remote
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (Wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1300
Weight (inc. batteries)701 g (1.55 lb / 24.73 oz)
Dimensions141 x 105 x 77 mm (5.55 x 4.13 x 3.03″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Overall Conclusion

The Canon EOS 90D is a decent DSLR that happens to perform very well when the live view option is selected as the shooting mode.

The most recent enthusiast APS-C DSLR offering from Canon provides a significant step forward in terms of image quality for this series. Both the mirrorless near-twin of the EOS M6 II, the EOS M6 II, and the full-frame mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS 90D, share what is now the APS-C sensor with the greatest resolution available on the market.

It captures Raw details exceptionally well and has a noise performance that is comparable to those of other class-leading cameras such as the Sony a6400. JPEG color from Canon remains a fan favorite, but the noise reduction that comes standard with JPEG files from Canon remains too harsh. Thankfully, this level of noise reduction may be adjusted.

As a result of an improved metering sensor, the EOS 80D’s through-the-viewfinder autofocus tracking should, in principle, be more dependable than it was in the previous model. However, any leaps in image recognition capacity appear to be impeded by an autofocus mechanism that is virtually the same as its predecessor. This system has rather restricted coverage and low accuracy out of the box.

In contrast, the focusing performance of Dual Pixel CMOS cameras in live view is exceptional, exhibiting both outstanding coverage and precision. Whether taking still photographs or videos, the face and eye detect AF functions perform with a high level of dependability.

The video quality of the 90D, although still usable, is noticeably less sharp than that of its rivals, even though it can record in 4K resolution without any cropping. In addition, there is no Log gamma mode available for those who are experienced with post-production.

No matter the settings for the video quality, there is no choice for 24 frames per second. Still, the video captured at 1080p looks really good, and the fact that it has connectors for a microphone and headphones in addition to being completely articulating offers it a lot of potential for use in vlogging. Be mindful, though, that the high crop that comes with digital picture stabilization is unavoidable.

If you are interested in the advantages of a mirrorless camera but aren’t quite ready to commit to the form factor, then it is a wise decision to make the upgrade.

The 90D has great ergonomics and is a great choice overall. In comparison to other mirrorless APS-C cameras, this one stands out because of the spacious, ergonomic handle as well as the sizeable optical finder that provides coverage of 100 percent of the image. In addition, the body is well-built and weather-sealed, and the controls are in convenient locations.

It’s good to have an AF joystick, but we found ourselves using it very little because there were no meaningful improvements to the through-the-finder AF, and the touch-enabled live view AF was far more dependable.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Excellent focusing capabilities in real view, including eye detection
  • Stunning ocular locating instrument
  • 10 frames per second while looking through the finder.
  • 4K video with no cropping whatsoever
Need Improvement
  • Limited autofocus coverage while using the viewfinder
  • Soft 4K video
  • No Log gamma in video
  • Not charging through USB
  • There is no choice for 24p in either 4K or 1080 video.
  • 7 frames per second in live view shooting (with AF)
REVIEW OVERVIEW
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Because of its remarkable Dual Pixel AF technology, the Canon EOS 90D digital single-lens reflex camera performs most dependably when it is utilized in live view. In contrast, autofocus performed through the viewfinder is not as dependable. In addition, the camera provides great Raw image quality as well as useable full-width 4K in a device that is well-constructed, weather-sealed, and has fantastic ergonomics.

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Canon EOS 90D Review - Canon proves that DSLRs are still relevant in the age of mirrorless camerasBecause of its remarkable Dual Pixel AF technology, the Canon EOS 90D digital single-lens reflex camera performs most dependably when it is utilized in live view. In contrast, autofocus performed through the viewfinder is not as dependable. In addition, the camera provides great Raw image quality as well as useable full-width 4K in a device that is well-constructed, weather-sealed, and has fantastic ergonomics.