Design & Usability
In general, the Canon 90D looks tons like its predecessor from its outward appearance, but as a mid-sized DSLR, it’s hard for it to not have that familiar shape. Indeed, for the foremost part, the 90D is strikingly almost like the 80D, with an equivalent basic control layout, hearty handgrip (that’s now deeper and even more comfortable), a top-deck info display, dual control wheels/dials, and an articulating rear touch screen display. Keep reading Canon EOS 90D Review
There are a couple of minor tweaks, like revisions to the mode dial and a couple of rearranged buttons. But the foremost notable update button-wise is that the reintroduction to the handy joystick control, a staff favorite here at IR.
Canon did away with the joystick when the 60D came over and it remained absent on subsequent new models so far. It is a really useful control for both menu navigation but most significantly, also for quickly moving the AF point around the frame.
Image Quality & Video
Now, when it involves image quality, that’s an entirely new story compared to the predecessor. With a replacement 32.5-megapixel sensor, the 90D is Canon’s highest-resolution APS-C DSLR released thus far. Other than the 50MP 5DS and 5DSR models, the 90D, and M6 II are currently Canon’s highest-resolution stills cameras across the board.
With a high-res sensor and a replacement image processor, the 90D should be ready to capture images with excellent fine detail, and for the foremost part, this is often true. Especially at lower ISOs, the Canon 90D offers excellent image quality, with images showing many details, pleasing colors, and decent dynamic range performance with good exposure and tonal adjustment flexibility.
However, like most Canon DSLRs, the 90D sensor includes a hard and fast optical low-pass filter. And while that’s handy for combating ugly moiré and aliasing artifacts, it robs a number of that finer detail resolution, and that we just don’t see the maximum amount resolution and detail from this 32.5MP sensor as we’d have hoped. Canon gave us more megapixels, but they’re hampered by the low-pass filter.
Autofocus & Performance
The dedicated phase-detect AF system on the 90D remains unchanged compared to the predecessor, offering 45 all cross-type AF points. However, because of the camera’s updated metering system, the 90D now offers face-detection even when using through-the-viewfinder focusing — a rare feature on a standard DSLR.
The camera also sports Canon’s awesome Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, and an updated one at that, for Live View focusing. It offers an overflow of 5000 user-selectable AF points and nearly full AF coverage across the sensor. Whenever you’re shooting through the viewfinder or with Live View, the 90D offers an incredible AF experience and usually excellent performance.
We found AF was fast, accurate, does alright for tracking fast action subjects, and works great in low-light conditions. As mentioned, the twin Pixel CMOS AF tech works wonderfully for video AF, too.
Over the years, Canon has had quite a few options for the intermediate-level photographer, starting from the higher-end Rebel series with something just like the Rebel T8i up to the well-equipped EOS 7D Mark II.
The Rebel series, even the more advanced models, swing towards the entry-level segment, while the 7D II hits squarely into the experienced camp of photographers. The 7D II is squarely in “enthusiast” territory, though it’s arguably still a solid choice for the loosely-defined category of “intermediate” photographers.