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Canon EOS 90D Camera Review

Canon EOS 90D camera body

In the world where everyone is behind mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS 90D is a type of camera that can make the DSLRs relevant again. Anyone can count on this camera from casual photography to professional photography i.e., wedding shoots.

As compared to its predecessor, there are numerous new technologies and features added in this camera, making it one of the best DSLR from Canon. With all the qualities which can define any DSLR as ‘the best,’ Canon EOS 90D also has some specifications identical to mirrorless cameras.

Keeping it simple, this camera is the perfect blend of reasonable price, great features, and good built.

Canon EOS 90D Review

One common perception of DSLR cameras is that they are relatively heavier than mirrorless cameras. Well, Canon EOS 90D is here to make this perception wrong. Including battery and SD card weight, it is only 700 grams.

Canon EOS 90D display

 

Not only is a decrease in weight as compared to the predecessor, but this model from the EOS series is also smaller. The physical dimensions of the camera are 140.7mm x 104.8mm x 76.8mm (W x H x D) only.

The best thing about its design is the ergonomics it offers. It fits in hand, ease of use, and easy to carry around. Not only ergonomics, but there is also the option of customization open for users to some extent.

The built of aluminum alloy, polycarbonate resin, and glass fiber body makes it’s ultra-durable and gives it strength. The camera is not entirely water-proof and dust-proof, but it can still avoid the damage from these two to some extent by being water and dust resistant.

There are multiple easy controls with good grips making the experience with Canon EOS 90D very pleasant. The buttons and rear-command dial are the same as 80D, but the grip of the camera is redesigned by making it deeper and thinner.

The placement of the viewfinder and LCD screen is also identical to the predecessor. Viewfinder performance is excellent. Being large, it can provide 100% frame coverage – one of the reasons which make possible 4k video without any cropping.

The LCD is 3 inches and offers a very responsive touch and excellent screen resolution. (All figures mentioned in the detailed section of specifications)

 

Canon EOS 90D mobile display

 

About buttons, a control button sits on the lens mount side. The lens release button is on the left side of the support. The mode dial, on/off switch, on the left. Shooting controls and flash on the right, just like predecessor 80D.

Several buttons are with monochrome information display i.e., autofocus, metering, Drive, and ISO buttons. M-Fn button and shutter release are on the backside beside the main control wheel.

CMOS (APS-C) Sensor

To deliver the ultra-high resolution images and videos, Canon EOS 90D features a super-effective 32.5 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor. The native ISO range because of this sensor is 100 to 25,600, which can go up to a maximum sensitivity of 51,200.

It also makes a possible narrow field of view, boosting the maximum limiting of the camera zoom. APS-C sensor help to capture good images in low light, reduce the amount of noise at higher ISO, refine details of the image, enabled fast autofocus and continuous shooting.

The sensor is placed in a light-capturing design, which makes it more capable of delivering the best performance.

The APS-C sensor is a new addition in the E0S series debuting from Canon EOS 90D, doubling up its feature as compared to the predecessors.

 

Canon EOS 90D top view

Autofocusing

The 90 comes with a modern all cross-type sensor as it has a 45 point AF autofocusing system. Cross-type sensors make object detection more accurate than single line sensors. Detection accuracy is not effected at wider apertures i.e., from 27 points on shooting at f8 aperture, 9 points are cross-type.

Autofocus offered by 90D for live view and viewfinder both is the best one as compared to the competitors. For viewfinder shooting, photographers can better the focus more by using the ‘Spot AF’ focus area, another new addition in this series coming directly from top-notch Canon’s DSLR.

DIGIC 8 Image Processing System

DICIC 8 image processor introduced by canon in 2018 can process 4k videos with up to 30 fps using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression. It also decreases the background noise in images, ensures the quality of photos and videos sharp, keeps grain minimal, makes operation fast, and helps to capture low light images better.

Capturing at higher ISO with 90D, DIGIC 8 processor also makes sure to keep the details of photos fair.

Image performance

The image result of 90D is impressive. Several lab tests show that it is capable of capturing high-resolution images all across its ISO range, big thanks to DIGIC 8 and APS-C sensor. For pictures, there are several white balance settings such as Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, and Kelvin.

There is also an all-new metering system which can be controlled manually or through metering settings available in the menu. For a better experience, face-detection and delay features are also added in Canon EOS 90D. The image quality of 90D is visibly better than 80D, but they are almost identical in noise-levels.

 

Canon EOS 90D right side view

 

Video

The video quality gives it an edge over all its competitor’s DSLR cameras. One drawback of DSLRs as compared to mirrorless cameras is that UHD videos are cropped from sides (4k crop). Well, 90D is capable of capturing a full-frame Ultra high definition 4k videos at 30p (in PAL region to 25p).

With 4k, 1080/120p, and all below video modes are also available. You can also enjoy full HD video at 1120p/100p. It can output an uncompressed signal over HDMI in 8-bit 4:2:2 color.

Live view:

To eliminate micro autofocus adjustments, live view is featured in-camera with featuring ultra-low-light EV -5 AF (EV -2.5 in 4k video recording and EV -3 in Full HD). It enables the 90D to use contrast detection to focus on the subject with the help of readings from the sensor.

Continuous shooting:

Continuous shooting or burst shooting is usually found in high-end cameras, but the good news, you can capture up to a frame per second in this camera. For those who don’t know, in continuous shooting mode, the camera continues to shoot photos as long as you keep pressing the shutter button.

Connectivity

Using the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, camera connection can easily be connected with smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

 

Canon EOS 90D left side view

 

Battery life

The battery life of Canon EOS 90D is improved than its predecessor. In EVP mode, as per CIPA ratings, it is up to 1300 shots. Otherwise, it is around 450 shots upon full charging.

Canon EOS 90D Specs:

  • Model Name: Canon EOS 90D
  • Model Number: 90D
  • Camera Format: SLR
  • Tripod Mount: Yes
  • Weight: 701 g
  • Size: 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.0 in. (141 x 105 x 77 mm)
  • Waterproof: No. Partially water resistant
  • Sensor Type: APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Effective Megapixels: 32.5
  • Focal Length Multiplier: 1.6x
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Color Filter Type: RGBG
  • Anti-Aliasing Filter: Fixed
  • Self-Cleaning: Yes
  • Sensor shift image stabilization: No
  • On-Sensor Phase Detect: Yes
  • Image Resolution: 6960 x 4640 (32.3 MP, 3:2), 4800 x 3200 (15.4 MP, 3:2), 3472 x 2320 (8.1 MP, 3:2), 2400 x 1600 (3.8 MP, 3:2), 6160 x 4640 (28.6 MP, 4:3), 4256 x 3200 (13.6 MP, 4:3), 3072 x 2320 (7.1 MP, Other), 2112 x 1600 (3.4 MP, Other), 6960 x 3904 (27.2 MP, 16:9), 4800 x 2688 (12.9 MP, Other), 3472 x 1952 (6.8 MP, 16:9), 2400 x 1344 (3.2 MP, Other), 4640 x 4640 (21.5 MP, 1:1), 3200 x 3200 (10.2 MP, 1:1), 2320 x 2320 (5.4 MP, 1:1), 1600 x 1600 (2.6 MP, 1:1)
  • Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.31), 14-bit.CR3 RAW, C-RAW, RAW+JPEG, C-RAW+JPEG
  • Continuous-mode frames/second: 10.0
  • Video Resolution: 3840×2160 (30p/​25p/​24p), 1920×1080 (120p/​100p/​60p/​50p/​30p/​25p/​24p), 1280×720 (60p/​50p/​30p/​25p)
  • Video File Format: MOV (Video: H.264 All-I, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM), MP4 (Video: H.264 IPB/IPB Light, Audio: AAC)
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF/EF-S
  • Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 29 – 216mmFocal Length (actual):18 – 135mm
  • Zoom Ratio: 7.50xAperture
  • Range: f/3.5 – f/22 (wide) / f/5.6 – f/36 (tele) Integrated ND
  • Filter: No
  • Normal Focus Range: 39 cm to Infinity or 15.4 into Infinity
  • Auto Focus: Yes
  • Auto Focus Type: OVF: AF-dedicated CMOS sensor, 45-points, up to 45 cross-type (f/5.6), 1 dual-cross (f/2.8 and f/5.6), 27 support f/8 (9 cross-type); Live View: Dual-Pixel CMOS AF
  • Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
  • Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
  • Rear Display Resolution: 1,040,000 dots (346,600 px)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Selfie Screen: Yes
  • Maximum ISO (native): 25600
  • Minimum ISO (native):100
  • ISO Settings: Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 or 1EV steps, Expandable to 51200
  • White Balance Settings: Auto (with White or Ambience Priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, Kelvin 2,500K – 10,000K
  • Shutter Speed Range: 1/16000 – 30 sec
  • Self-Timer:10 or 2 seconds
  • Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Flash Modes: Auto, Manual flash, Integrated Speed lite Transmitter
  • Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
  • Uncompressed Format: 14-bit.CR3 RAW, C-RAW, RAW+JPEG, C-RAW+JPEG
  • Video File Format: MOV (Video: H.264 All-I, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM), MP4 (Video: H.264 IPB/IPB Light, Audio: AAC)
  • Included Memory: No
  • Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
  • NFC: No
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Built-In GPS: No
  • External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • PictBridge Compliant: Yes
  • DPOF Compliant: Yes
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View):450 shot
  • Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):1300 shots

Pros:

  • Effective high-resolution sensor
  • 4k videos without any cropping
  • Smart optical viewfinder
  • Continuous shooting up to 10fps
  • Brilliant image quality
  • Ergonomic and user-friendly design

Cons:

  • Default still format of JPEG
  • Only one card slot
  • NFC and GPS absent, unlike rival cameras
  • Noise reduction performance not very impressive

Conclusion

Ergonomic design makes Canon EOS 90D suitable for beginners, and the 32.5 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor makes it a nifty choice for professionals. This camera is for everyone. Multiple features, smooth performance, good image quality makes it one of the best all-rounder DSLR camera.

Make it yours today, as we highly recommend it!

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