The Canon EOS 90D is regarded as a mid-range DSLR camera that in many ways, is similar to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II, with the only stark difference being that the 90D is a DSLR and the Mark II a mirrorless camera. Nonetheless, the 90D comes fitted with a 32.5 Megapixel CMOS APS C sensor that’s guaranteed to produce high-quality pictures and videos (like what you get from the best DSLR camera) and relies on Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system to deliver crisp and clear shots.
If you want to compare this to a different camera, check out our review of On the camera’s rear is a 3-inch touch screen display on which images can be shown through live view mode, and an optical viewfinder that can use Face Detection technology – something that wasn’t possible in any other Canon DSLR before this one.
Sit tight as we unpack the many features that the Canon 90D has to offer, and see just why exactly it sits on our best DSLR camera for beginners to intermediate list.
Why We Like It – Canon 90D Review
The Canon 90D is a top-of-the-range DSLR camera that offers superior image quality thanks to a 32.5 Megapixel APS C CMOS sensor, and fires continuous shots at a high speed of up to 10 frames per second.
- Long battery life
- Touchscreen LCD
- Easy Access controls
The Canon 90D is a class act compared to many of the intermediate and even entry-level DSLR cameras that you’ll find in a similar price range. If you are a professional photographer, a more advanced camera might be better. If you are interested, take a look at our Canon D850 review. It packs a battery life that sees it through up to 1300 shots, and a high-resolution APS C sensor that compares favorably to that of the Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR.
However, for the enthusiast photographer or advanced amateur looking to upgrade, the 90D hits a sweet spot by providing a wide range of features found in higher-end mirrorless models at an affordable price point. This camera goes beyond entry-level DSLRs to appeal to those serious hobbyists seeking more manual control and customization for capturing fast action, landscapes, portraits, and more. The 90D stands out from other cameras targeting intermediate users due to its combination of performance, image quality, and versatility across stills and video.
Continuous shooting speed is at a healthy 11 frames per second, while its shutter speed spans from 1/16000 of a second using live view mode. The Canon 90D also has an impressive video capture resolution of 4K UHD, while also being capable of Full HD 120p video recording. To maintain excellent results even when shooting in low light, the Canon camera comes with a DIGIC 8 Image processor, which drastically scales down noise or grain, and coupled with a high ISO performance, it helps deliver fine, detailed pictures that are sure to leave you impressed.
The sample images showcase the superb low light capabilities, making it great for wildlife photography at dawn and dusk when natural light is limited. Beyond excellent still photo quality, the 90D also boasts impressive 4K video capability at up to 30fps. The combination of advanced image processing and a high-resolution 32.5MP APS-C sensor enables the 90D to produce stunning photos and videos across a wide variety of conditions.
While this is a great camera, it’s geared toward beginners. For other models from this brand, check out our Canon PowerShot G7 X review, Canon Powershot A4000 IS 16-Megapixel digital camera review, and our Canon EOS 4000d review.
The main difference between the Canon 90D and its predecessor, the 80D in terms of its body is really just a new 8-way joystick that now makes it easier to adjust the focus point. Other than that, the ports are the same, with the 90D having a Mic input, a headphone output, a remote cable, a USB 2.0 connector, and an HDMI port as well.
The 90D however doesn’t have a USB Type-C connector unlike the Canon M6 Mark II, but it does come with a similar menu system, and a rear LCD screen that measures about 3-inches. Unlike the Nikon D3300 DSLR, the Canon 90D comes with WiFi and Bluetooth for easy connectivity, and even allows for easy transfer of any RAW file.
Launched in 2019, the 90D is a fairly new camera that a lot of enthusiastic DSLR fans are still yet to get their hands on. Its high-resolution CMOS sensor delivers high-quality pictures, and with an ISO range of 100-25600 that’s better than that of the Pentax K-S2 DSLR, your shots look really good even when taken from a distance. The 90D camera also employs two types of AF systems, and the one that’s used depends on whether you’re shooting through the viewfinder or live view. When you’re using the viewfinder, the camera relies on a 45-point AF system that’s different from the Dual Pixel AF system that’s engaged when using live view mode.
The latter offers up to 5000 AF points to choose from, making it the better AF mode between the two. The 32.5 Megapixel APS C camera also supports JPG, RAW, and C RAW image formats, and despite not being a full-frame camera, it has a high-resolution sensor that you can’t really compare even to other Canon cameras that are.
Canon 90D Review Wrap Up
AS we come to the end of this review of the Canon 90D, it should be increasingly obvious that the 90D is a reliable DSLR that rivals a lot of mirrorless cameras both in terms of performance and handling. Also, with the 5000 AF point autofocus system you get to use when in live mode, its new sensor is far more capable than a lot of the other high-end cameras available on the market.