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Canon EOS 90D Review (2020)


The Canon EOS 90D is a mid-range DSLR with 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. It is a Canon’s solid leap forward in image quality in the APS-C line-up. 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.

Canon EOS 90D Specifications

Body Design

The design of the 90D and its predecessor are very similar, with the main change being the addition of an 8-way joystick. In terms of size and build, the 90D slots in between the EOS 77D and 7D Mark II, with a weather-sealed body that fits comfortably in your hand.

Canon EOS 90D 360 Degree View

  • Body type – Digital SLR
  • Camera Format – Half-frame
  • Body material – Aluminium alloy
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 916 g
  • Dimensions – Width 140.7 mm x Height 104.8 mm x Diagonal 76.8 mm
  • Lens Mount – Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • Drive System – Stepping Motor-driven lead screw + rack system
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec (1/16000 sec in Live view)
  • Shutter life – 1,20,000 Shots
  • Mirror Lock-Up – Yes
  • Memory Card Slots – SD / SDHC / SDXC, UHS-I cards compatible
  • Battery description – Battery Pack LP-E6/LP-E6N
  • Battery Life – 1300 shots
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4 in

Sensor and Processor

At the heart of EOS 90D, it has the 32.5 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor and with the combination of Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 8 processor. The EOS 90D is capable of delivering stunning image quality at high resolution—closer to higher-end models.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Effective Pixels – 32.5 million
  • Sensor size – APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
  • Max resolution – 6960 x 4640
  • Other resolutions – 6960 x 4640 (L) 4800 x 3200 (M) 3472 x 2320 (S1) 2400 x 1600 (S2) 6960 x 4640 (RAW/C-RAW)
  • Processor – Digic 8
  • Bit Depth – Raw (Canon CR3, 14-bit)
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary colour filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – OVF: 10fps (One-Shot AF & AI Servo AF) | Live View: 11fps (One-Shot AF), 7fps (Servo AF)


The ISO capability has greatly been improved allowing ISO sensitivity of up to 51200—allowing handheld shooting with faster shutter speed and smaller aperture in low-light condition, producing clear sharp images with lesser noise.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100 – 25600
  • Minimum ISO – 100
  • Maximum ISO – 51200
  • White Balance presets – 6
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided
  • File format – JPEG, RAW, C-RAW, RAW + JPEG, C-RAW + JPEG

Optics and Focus

The low-intensity focus limit of EOS 90D at EV -5 provides high-precision focusing even in dim light conditions. The EOS 90D is also equipped with an all cross-type 45 AF points. 27 of these AF points support up to a maximum aperture of f/8, especially useful for those who would like to have a further reach through the use of teleconverters with their lenses.

  • Lens mount – Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • Focal length multiplier – 1.6x

Auto Focus

  • Number of focus points – OVF: 45 AF Points| Live View: 5 481 selectable focus positions
  • Cross-type – 45
  • AF Mode – One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF
  • Autofocus Assist Lamp – Available
  • AF Point Selection – Automatic selection, Manual selection
  • Manual Focus – Available

Screen and Viewfinder

The viewfinder provides a clear vision even it was not a bigger size. The 3″, 1.04M-dot touch-sensitive vari-angle LCD monitor helps to make a unique angle and composition. Naturally, you can tap-to-shoot or focus and replay photos you’ve taken.

  • Screen Type – TFT LCD
  • The Screen size – 3.0in
  • Screen dots – 1,040,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder Type – Eye-level pentaprism
  • The Viewfinder coverage – 100%
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.95x

Photography Features

The new 2,200,00pixel AE sensor and EOS iTR AF (often featured in higher-end models) supports face detection even while shooting through the optical viewfinder. While in live view, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF covers 88% x 100% of the screen—providing up to 143 segments in auto selection AF and up to 5481 AF positions for manual selection. The EOS 90D could shoot up to 10fps which is more useful for sports or wildlife photographer who requires that speed to capture those deciding moments. In Live View, shooting can go up to 11fps in One-shot AF and 7fps in Servo AF. The improved image sensor and processor help to capture high-quality images with low noise even at low light.

  • Exposure modes – Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, Custom mode 1, Custom mode 2
  • Special Scene Mode – Portrait, Group Photo, Landscape, Sports, Kids, Panning, Close-up, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Creative Filters (Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect, HDR art standard, HDR art vivid, HDR art bold, HDR art embossed
  • Drive modes – Single shooting, High-speed continuous shooting, Low-speed continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, 10s self-timer / remote control, 2s self-timer / remote control)
  • Metering modes – Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Centre-weighted average
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 (at 1/3, 1/2 steps)
  • Built-in flash – Available
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – 1/250 s
  • Flash Metering – E-TTL II autoflash

Video or Movie Features

The EOS 90D is capable of shooting 4K uncropped videos at 30p with an extreme color profile. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF performs well for capturing great scenes even at low light.  There are both 1080/60p and 1080/120p options for slow-motion capture, but the faster frame-rate doesn’t have AF. There is a 4K crop mode on the 90D which offers some slight detail improvements at the expense of a tighter field of view.

  • Video Compression – MPEG-4, H.264
  • Videography Format – MP4
  • Movie Recording Size – 3840 x 2160: 30p, 1920 x 1080: 120p, 1920 x 1080: 60p, 1920 x 1080: 30p
  • Audio File Format – AAC
  • Audio Recording – Stereo Microphone
  • Moreover, Audio Input / Output – 3.5mm diameter stereo mini-jack

Other Special Features of Canon EOS 90D

The camera consists of various scene modes for creating creative images for different occasions. The file-sharing is made easy with the built-in Wi-Fi and also the RAW files can be edited using Digital Photo Professional Express, the mobile version of Canon’s Raw processing software.

  • Time-lapse recording – Available
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • Storage types – SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • USB Connectivity – Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (Micro USB connector)
  • HDMI mini OUT terminal – Type C
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control – Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – Available

Best Lenses for Canon EOS 90D

The camera is made for using it on any occasion for great functionality. The camera is capable of delivering high precise AF with all lens types, ranging from large aperture lenses to super telephotos attached to teleconverters, to produce sharp and crisp photographs. There is a wide variety of EF-S/EF lens line-up which can be combined with 90D for creating wonderful and dramatic photography and videography.

List of Best Common Lenses for Canon EOS 90D

Best All-in-one Lens

  • EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • EF35mm f/1.4L II USM
  • EF50mm f/1.8 STM
  • EF85mm f/1.8 USM

Best Macro Lenses

  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • EF11-24mm f/4L USM
  • EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • EF17-40mm f/4L USM

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • EF14mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM
  • EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF35mm f/1.4L II USM

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Canon EOS 90D

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
  • EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
  • EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
  • EF600mm f/4L IS III USM
  • EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Best Portrait Lenses

  • EF50mm f/1.2L USM
  • EF50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • EF50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM

Canon EOS 90D Rating

As per the reviews and features of EOS 90D, the ratings for this camera stand 4.1/5. Professional Photographers consider this camera is best for wildlife, Sports, and Adventure because of its high-speed shooting, huge megapixel, and its performance. Also, it will be more useful for videography because of its 4K output at high speed with true colors and delivers accurate sharpness by using the advanced AF-system. This camera will be suitable for all enthusiasts who are looking for some advanced machines to improve the photographic experience. Further, this rating is given to Canon EOS 90D as per the survey of creative huts.


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