Canon EOS 90D
The Canon EOS 90D is a midrange DSLR that replaces the 3.5-year-old 80D and fits between the EOS 77D and the 'yes, it still exists' EOS 7D Mark II. It gains a new higher-resolution sensor with excellent Raw image quality and offers competitive live view AF (with eye detect) as well as 4K video capture, all in a familiar package.
The 90D is essentially the DSLR version of the mirrorless EOS M6 Mark II, which was introduced alongside it. Since the specs are nearly identical, it looks like Canon is letting potential buyers choose what type of shooting experience they want: a midsize DSLR with an optical viewfinder and more physical controls, or a smaller and lighter mirrorless model with a removable electronic finder. And, of course, the difference in native lens lineups between the EF and M mounts could attract different types of users, as well.
- 32.5 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Dual Pixel autofocus (live view/video)
- 45-point all cross-type AF (through the viewfinder)
- 220k-pixel metering sensor w/face detection
- 7 fps burst shooting w/continuous AF
- Fully articulating 3" touchscreen display
- Optical viewfinder w/100% coverage
- 4K/30p video capture with no crop
- USB 2.0 port with Micro USB connector
- Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
While the external design of the 90D doesn't dramatically depart from the pattern set down by the 80D, the guts of the new camera are quite a bit different, which we'll cover on the next page.
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The Canon EOS 90D is a capable DSLR that happens to be at its best when used in live view mode.
Canon's latest enthusiast APS-C DSLR represents a solid leap forward in image quality for this line. The 90D, along with its mirrorless near-twin the EOS M6 II, both share what is at the time of publishing, the highest resolution APS-C sensor on the market. It offers outstanding Raw detail capture and noise performance, up there with other class-leaders like the Sony a6400. Canon JPEG color continues to be a favorite, but Canon's default JPEG noise reduction continues to be overly aggressive - fortunately, this can be dialed down.
Through-the-viewfinder autofocus tracking should, in theory, be more reliable than the EOS 80D thanks to an updated metering sensor. But any jumps in image recognition capability seem hampered by an autofocus system that is essentially unchanged from its predecessor, with somewhat limited coverage and poor out-of-the-box accuracy. Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus in live view, by contrast, is excellent, with great coverage and accuracy. Face and eye detect AF both work with good reliability, whether shooting stills or video.