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Canon EOS 90D Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Mar 09, 2021 at 07:51 am
Canon EOS 90D Picture
7.4
Travel Photography
7.3
Landscape Photography
7.7
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.6
Vlogging
7.8
Studio Video
4.2
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
No
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM

The Canon EOS 90D is a versatile APS-C DSLR camera. It takes sharp, clear images with a relatively high dynamic range and little noise, even at high ISO settings. It's also equipped with an autofocus system that delivers very good performance in photography and does a remarkable job of tracking and maintaining focus on subjects in 4k and FHD video. It's comfortable to operate and has a well-laid-out menu system that's easy to navigate. Unfortunately, it's quite bulky and does poorly smoothing out camera shake while recording.

Our Verdict

7.4 Travel Photography

The Canon 90D is decent for travel photography. Images are detailed and fairly low in graininess as you increase camera ISO, though image sharpness does decrease at high ISO levels. It has a wide shutter speed range, allowing you to freeze the movement of fast-moving subjects or take long-exposure shots with relative ease. Its autofocus system is also reasonably quick, reliable, and consistent, and it should have sufficient battery life to last you throughout extended shooting sessions. Unfortunately, it's quite bulky, which can make it a hassle to carry around, though it's comfortable to use.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Good overall image quality.
  • Good autofocus performance in photography.
Cons
  • Bulky construction.
  • Some controls feel a little sluggish.
  • Image sharpness can decrease at high ISO levels.
7.3 Landscape Photography

The Canon 90D is a satisfactory option for landscape photography. It offers good overall image quality, with a high dynamic range and good color accuracy out-of-the-box, though some users may notice a decrease in sharpness at high ISO levels. Also, its fully articulated screen is easy to see even under direct sunlight. It feels quite comfortable to use and has a weather-sealed construction, though we don't currently test for that. Unfortunately, some of its controls feel slightly sluggish, and the camera's bulky design can make it challenging to carry around for extended periods.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Good overall image quality.
  • Brightly-lit fully articulated touchscreen interface.
Cons
  • Bulky construction.
  • Some controls feel a little sluggish.
  • Image sharpness can decrease at high ISO levels.
7.7 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon 90D is a good option for sports and wildlife photography. Image quality is good overall, and its decently high maximum shooting speed, combined with its fast maximum shutter speed, should make it reasonably simple to capture clear images of fast-moving subjects. Its autofocus system also does a good job of acquiring and maintaining focus on faces and objects. It's comfortable to operate, though some of its controls are a little sluggish, and its bulky size can present a bit of an annoyance.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Good overall image quality.
  • Decently fast maximum continuous shooting speed.
  • Good autofocus performance in photography.
Cons
  • Bulky construction.
  • Some controls feel a little sluggish.
  • Image sharpness can decrease at high ISO levels.
6.6 Vlogging

The Canon 90D is okay for vlogging. While it's quite heavy and bulky, it does have a fully articulated screen that allows you to monitor what's being recorded even when the camera is facing you. Video quality in 4k is sharp and clear, though it performs slightly worse in FHD. Its autofocus system does an excellent job of acquiring and maintaining focus on faces. However, it can struggle to smooth out camera shake while recording handheld video.

Pros
  • Fantastic autofocus performance while recording video.
  • Brightly-lit fully articulated touchscreen interface.
Cons
  • Bulky construction.
  • Poor video stabilization performance.
7.8 Studio Video

The Canon 90D is good for studio video work. Video quality in 4k is good, with sharply rendered object edges and surfaces and decent visual noise handling capability. FHD recording quality is slightly inferior, though still okay overall. Its autofocus system does an exceptional job of tracking moving subjects, too. The menu system is easy to navigate while the camera itself features a wide range of inputs for accessories, including a clean HDMI output for using an external recorder without any overlays, as well as headphone and microphone jacks.

Pros
  • Easy to use menu system.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance while recording video.
  • Wide selection of ports and inputs.
Cons
  • Lack of very high-speed frame rate recording options.
4.2 Action Video

The Canon 90D isn't designed for action video. It's too big and bulky to be mounted on a chest or a helmet rig and struggles to smooth out camera shake in handheld video. It's also incapable of recording at high frame rates in 4k or FHD for generating smooth slow-motion video. On the plus side, its construction is rated as being weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Weather-sealed construction.
Cons
  • Bulky construction.
  • Poor video stabilization performance.
  • Lack of very high-speed frame rate recording options.
  • 7.4 Travel Photography
  • 7.3 Landscape Photography
  • 7.7 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.6 Vlogging
  • 7.8 Studio Video
  • 4.2 Action Video
  1. Updated Mar 09, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 04, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
3.7
Design
Portability
Height 4.3" (10.8 cm)
Width 5.7" (14.4 cm)
Depth 3.3" (8.3 cm)
Volume
78.8 in³ (1,291.0 cm³)
Weight
1.57 lbs (0.71 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.99 lbs (0.90 kg)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Command dials and mode wheel feel sluggish
  • Buttons offer okay physical feedback
  • Weather-sealed construction is made of glass-fiber-reinforced polycarbonate resin
  • Articulated screen mechanism feels quite solid
  • Input door is covered by a rubber flap
  • Hinged solid door covers SD card compartment

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Canon 90D camera body
  • Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens
  • Lens cover
  • Lens cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x LP-E6N battery
  • Sensor cap
  • Battery charger
  • Instruction manual

8.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Rubber eyecup around the viewfinder feels comfortable
  • Hand grip should accommodate a wide variety of hand sizes, without fingers getting pinched between the body and lens
  • Hand grip has a textured surface that provides a secure hold
  • Backrest is sufficiently large for most finger sizes
  • Dedicated controls for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO make it easy to change exposure settings quickly
  • SD card can be accessed while the camera is on a tripod due to the side-opening door

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Intuitive to navigate via touchscreen or with physical controls
  • Guide mode provides a short description of different camera features
  • Q menu lets you access frequently-used functions

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.95
9.0
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
633 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.1" (7.8 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
32.5 MP
Processor
Digic 8
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
25,600
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.1.1
7.9
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E6N
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
510 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
168 min
6.4
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/5.6
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
89 mm
Luminance
77.6%
Light Falloff
45.2%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.2
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
4 fps
Raw Buffer Size
24 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
45 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
10 s
7.9
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
88%
Advertised Focus Points
45
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
171" (435 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
63.4%
Object Tracking Success Rate
70.1%
8.8
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/6 s
7.8
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
8.03
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.21 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
2.578 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.72 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.754 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
34.16 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.47 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo

6.9
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 38.26 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 36.79 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 34.98 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 32.64 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 30.02 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 27.3 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 24.58 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 21.82 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 19.2 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
4:2:2
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
8 bits
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
8.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
9.2
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
8.7
Object Tracking In 4k
9.3
3.9
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
18.88 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
41.40 pixels/frames
Crop
1.42 x
7.5
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
125 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
125 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 30 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
7.6
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.8
4k Rolling Shutter
4.06°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
9.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
8.4
Object Tracking In FHD
9.3
5.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
12.10 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
17.93 pixels/frames
Crop
1.42
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.5
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.95°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
8.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon 90D is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here. We tested it in conjunction with the Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens, but it can be purchased with other EF and EF-S mount lenses, including the Canon EF-S 18-135 IS USM lens, though we haven't tested it in any other configuration. It can also be purchased without a lens at all.

If you come across a different variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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