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Summary

The EOS 90D extends what we can expect from a mid-range Canon DSLR, taking the body, 45-point viewfinder AF and flip screen of the popular 80D, upgrading the sensor resolution to 32.5 Megapixels, offering uncropped 4k at 25 or 30p, fast burst shooting at 10fps to match the 7D Mark II and throwing in an AF joystick for good measure. As such there’s upgrades whether you shoot still photos, film video, or like most 80D owners, do both. Indeed the increase in speed and presence of an AF joystick allows the 90D to approach the 7D II and become much more appealing for sports and wildlife shooters, although Canon’s not gone as far as to improve the weather sealing or fit two card slots. Like other recent Canon cameras, there’s also no sign of 24p video anymore, although with mic and headphone jacks, a flip-screen and uncropped 4k with Dual Pixel AF, the 90D arguably becomes Canon’s best mid-range camera for video and vlogging whether DSLR or mirrorless. With the launch of each new DSLR, I do wonder if it’ll be the last in its series though - there’s typically three years between double-digit EOS DSLRs, so will there be a market for an upgrade in 2022, and with a 100D already in the catalogue, what would they call it? But for now, the upgrades across the board allow the 90D and DSLRs to remain relevant and compelling. I think it will be a successful camera for Canon and look forward to fully testing it in my final review. In the meantime check out my sample images and movies!

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Canon EOS 90D review so far

Intro

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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Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). Also see my Canon EOS 90D 4K crop movie sample and Canon EOS 90D 1080p movie sample for comparison, the former adjusted to match the field of view.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only).

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only).

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only).

 

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