Canon’s EOS 90D is an upper mid-range DSLR with a 32.5 Megapixel APSC sensor, Dual Pixel AF for live view and movies, 45-point AF through the viewfinder, 10fps shooting, uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p, and a fully-articulated touchscreen. Announced in August 2019 alongside the EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera, it’s the successor to the three-year-old EOS 80D, which itself arrived three years after the 70D. Like those bodies, it sits in the middle of Canon’s DSLR range, offering a step-up in speed, build, control and features over the triple-digit EOS / Rebel DSLRs, but without the cost and heft of semi-pro bodies like the 7D series.
The EOS 90D and M6 Mark II debut a new APSC sensor, increasing the resolution from the 24 Megapixels of previous models to 32.5 Megapixels, making it the highest resolution to date in the APSC format. It’s coupled with Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 processor and sports the company’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for confident focusing across most of the frame in live view and movies with effective face detection. The sensor is not stabilised in either body, so to iron-out any wobbles you’ll still need a lens with optical stabilisation like the 18-135mm kit zoom.
When shooting through the viewfinder, the EOS 90D uses the same 45-point all cross-type AF array as its predecessor, although now works alongside a new metering sensor to deliver basic face detection. When using the viewfinder, the fastest burst speed is 10fps with autofocus – a decent upgrade over the 7fps of the 80D – while in live view it’ll squeeze up to 11fps but with fixed focus.
Videographers liked the earlier 80D for its fully-articulated touchscreen, microphone input and headphone jack, to which the 90D now adds uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p, as well as uncropped 1080 video up to 60p, all with autofocus, while a high speed 1080 option films at 100 or 120p with fixed focus and a crop. Ahead of my full review, check out my first-looks overview, vlogging test and sample movies below, or skip to my sample images page!
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