Sensor: 32.5 MP APS-C
Target Attack: Canon EF / EF-S
ISO range: 100-25,600 (exp 51,200)
Viewfinder: Optical, 100% coverage.
Video Capabilities: 4K 30p / 1080p 120p
Weight: 1.55 lbs
Dimension: 5.54 x 4.13 x 3.02 inches
Memory card type: 1x SD
While we have undoubtedly entered the mirrorless era of camera technology, the Canon EOS 90D proves that there is still a lot of life left in the trusty DSLR. This APS-C camera packs more pixels than any other Sony or Nikon rival, with a frightening frame-rate making it tailored for action shooting.
Consider its 1.6x crop factor, which extends the effective focal length of your lenses by 60%, along with uncropped 4K video, and this has all the characteristics of one of the best cameras for wildlife photography on the market.
With a 32.5MP image sensor, offering higher resolution than any Canon APS-C or full frame DSLR except the EOS 5DS, the Canon EOS 90D captures images in stunning detail, not to mention video 4K with impressive clarity.
Resolution works hand in hand with crop factor, which makes lenses even longer; a 300mm lens offers an effective range of 480mm on the 90D. So not only does the focal range increase, but the increased pixel count means you can crop your shots to fill the frame and maintain great image quality.
The 90D is also weatherproof, meaning you can use it in harsh weather conditions (provided you’re using a weatherproof lens) without worrying about damaging your gear.
Canon EOS 90D: design
While compactness is an advantage of mirrorless cameras in many situations, it is definitely a disadvantage when it comes to shooting sports, wildlife and action. When you use large and long lenses to cover many distances, you need a sturdy and sturdy body to provide adequate purchase and balance.
Unlike APS-C (and even full frame) mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS 90D has the weight needed to make handling this type of glass a breeze, which somehow makes up for the lack of internal image stabilization. , which is one of the few signs against this camera.
Another big plus for the 90D is the fully articulated touchscreen. Where other manufacturers have been rather stingy with this feature, opting instead for the much more limiting tiltscreen (if the screen hasn’t been fixed entirely), Canon has been quick to integrate it to this level of camera.
Video makers will find it invaluable, as will anyone who wants to shoot at high or low angles where a fixed screen or viewfinder would make it impossible.
Canon EOS 90D: Functionality
Lens kit: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS STM
Best Wide Angle Lens: Tamron 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD
Best zoom lens: Tamron 100-400mm f / 4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
Backup Battery Type: Canon LP-E6NH
The 90D has pretty much everything you could ask for in a sports and wildlife camera. Its fast-firing 10 frames per second continuous shooting speed is enough to make sure you don’t miss a beat, even when shooting the most nervous beasts.
This is made possible by Canon’s unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, phase detection autofocus technology that offers incredibly accurate subject detection and tracking, whether you are photographing still images of animals or videos of humans. for vlogs.
Speaking of video, unlike many other APS-C bodies, the 90D boasts a full-width 4K sensor readout, in other words, captures 4K without cropping your footage. It also records 1080p video up to 120p for true slow motion shots.
It is, however, a shame that the camera only possesses one SD card slot, something that will be daunting to anyone who has had the misfortune of experiencing memory card failure.
An important point is that, while the 90D is equipped with the EF-S mount (Canon’s APS-C lens format for DSLR), the camera also accepts full frame EF lenses natively, meaning you can use, for example, the L series professional contact lenses.
Canon EOS 90D: performance
The backstory of the Canon EOS 90D is that it is the unofficial replacement for the EOS 7D Mark II and 80D, so it combines the speed and shooting experience of both bodies.
One of the effects of this merging of the product line is that the 90D benefits from a joystick, previously reserved for high-end, high-performance Canon cameras. This is a huge benefit for wildlife and sports shooting, allowing for quick and precise repositioning of AF points as you follow the action.
Of course, solid Dual Pixel AF makes up the lion’s share when it comes to following the action, although it’s worth pointing out that it features a 45-point system instead of the slightly higher 65-point configuration of the 7D Mark II. It’s also worth noting that while the AF system is as robust in videos as it is for photos, 120p slow-motion shooting lacks continuous autofocus.
The 32.5MP sensor offers more pixels than any other APS-C camera from the big three, whose sensors usually reach a maximum of 24MP. However, smaller photo sites mean there is a slight penalty for texture and detail as you move up the ISO range.
The key is, to get the best out of this camera, use the best possible lenses. To get the most out of the additional resolution (and counteract some of the aforementioned texture losses), don’t rely on the kit lenses – invest in great quality glass and you’ll get great results.
Should you buy the Canon EOS 90D?
if you’re looking at an APS-C DSLR, the Canon EOS 90D is pretty much a no-brainer. Compared to its opposite number, the Nikon D500, the Canon has the advantage of almost each department.
Higher resolution, 4K uncropped capture, higher autofocus in photos and videos, 120p slow motion, higher crop factor (for a greater increase in focal length) … but there are a couple of areas where the D500 has the advantage, ie better buffer depth (for longer continuous bursts) and a second memory card slot.
Aside from these though, the Canon EOS 90D is where we’d invest our money for non-full frame or mirrorless options.
If that’s not your thing
For full shots and 360-degree ease of use, our choice has to be the Nikon Coolpix P1000 (opens in a new tab). If you have little or no photographic knowledge, or just want to get great photos with no fuss and a truly ridiculous focal range of 24-3000mm, you simply can’t beat it.
If you want to stick with a DSLR but want the benefits of a full frame camera, the Nikon D850 (opens in a new tab) offers a slightly slower shutter speed, but makes up for it with a 45.7MP sensor and killer ISO performance.
For the ultimate combination of resolution and speed, however, look no further than the Canon EOS R5 (opens in a new tab)which offers the best AF system in the industry, a resolution of 45 MP, burst shooting at 20 fps and video up to 8K.