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Canon EOS 90D Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.10
Reviewed Mar 09, 2021 at 07:51 am
Canon EOS 90D Picture
7.3
Travel Photography
7.2
Landscape Photography
7.7
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.5
Vlogging
8.2
Studio Video
4.1
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
No
Tested Lens
Canon EF-S 18โ€“55mm f/3.5โ€“5.6 IS STM
Sensor Size
APS-C

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

7.3 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 has 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.
7.2 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. 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, make it easy 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.
7.5 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.
8.2 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.
4.1 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.

Pros
  • Weather-sealed construction.
Cons
  • Bulky construction.
  • Poor video stabilization performance.
  • Lack of very high-speed frame rate recording options.
  • 7.3 Travel Photography
  • 7.2 Landscape Photography
  • 7.7 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.5 Vlogging
  • 8.2 Studio Video
  • 4.1 Action Video
  1. Updated Oct 03, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  2. Updated Aug 31, 2022: Updated 'Advertised Battery Life in Photo' to show the advertised battery life when using the viewfinder rather than Live View, since this aligns more closely with real-world DSLR usage and better reflects the camera's capabilities.
  3. Updated Aug 05, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  4. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  5. Updated Jan 27, 2022: Updated 'Lens Mount' from 'EF Mount' to 'EF/EF-S Mount'.
  6. Updated Mar 09, 2021: Review published.
  7. Updated Mar 04, 2021: Early access published.

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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.

Compared To Other Cameras

Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 is better overall than the Canon EOS 90D, but they're aimed at people with different experience levels. The Canon is a mid-range DSLR with an APS-C sensor, while the Nikon is an enthusiast-grade DSLR with a full-frame sensor. The Nikon performs better in low light and has a more versatile hybrid autofocus system that tracks subjects a little more reliably for photography. It also has a second SD card slot and a longer battery life. The Canon is more portable, has a fully articulated screen, and shoots at a faster max burst rate.

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 inยณ (1,291.0 cmยณ)
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
Body Type
DSLR
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Mirrorless
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF/EF-S Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes

Update 01/27/2022: Corrected lens mount type from 'EF Mount' to 'EF/EF-S Mount'.

Design
In The Box

  • Canon 90D camera body
  • Canon EF-S 18โ€“55mm f/3.5โ€“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

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.95
9.1
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
633 cd/mยฒ
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.1" (7.8 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
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

6.4
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/5.6
Tested Lens
Canon EF-S 18โ€“55mm f/3.5โ€“5.6 IS STM
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
89 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
77.6%
Light Falloff
45.2%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
32.5 MP
Sensor Size
APS-C
Processor
DIGIC 8
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
25,600
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.1.1
8.5
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E6N
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
1,860 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
168 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.1
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
4 fps
Raw Buffer Size
24 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
45 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
10 s
7.9
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
70%
Face Tracking Success Rate
63%
Face Detection Distance
171" (435 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
88%
Advertised Focus Points
45
8.8
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/6 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
7.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
9.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
7.9 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
6.9 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
6.5 f-stops
7.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,669 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,876 LW/PH
8.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
38.70 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.01 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
33.08 dB
6.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
38.25 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
36.56 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
34.85 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
32.48 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
30.11 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
27.87 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
25.78 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
22.75 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
16.74 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A
Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
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
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
Video General
Video File 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 Video 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
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.8
4k Video
4k Video 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 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0
9.2
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
9.3
Face Tracking In 4k
8.7
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
7.9
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.8
6.6
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
5.0ยฐ
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
9.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
9.3
Face Tracking In FHD
8.4
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
7.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.5
7.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.7ยฐ
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
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

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