Canon EOS 90D Digital SLR Camera with 18-135 USM Lens Review

If you want a camera that can handle most photographic situations, in most environments, without dramatically compromising on image quality, cost, ergonomics or battery life, we struggle to come up with much that can beat what on the face of it is a DSLR whose design principles haven’t really changed in 15 years.

Reviewers Liked

  • Familiar build with a weather-sealed construction
  • Powerful video capabilities
  • Great battery life
  • Good image quality
  • Fully articulated touch-screen LCD

Reviewers Didn’t Likeons

  • Less attractive if you aren’t invested in the Canon ecosystem, Continues to miss on the in-body image stabilisation
  • Mediocre kit lens
  • Single card slot
  • Autofocus performance lags in viewfinder mode
Specifications Canon EOS 90D
Year Introduced2019
Megapixels32.5
Total Pixels34.4
Sensor Size22.3 x 14.9mm
Pixel Dimensions6960 x 4640
Pixel Size3.20µm
Diffraction-Limited Aperturef/5.2
Sensor StabilizationN
Lens MountEF, EF-S, TS-E, MP-E
FOVCF1.6x
Image ProcessorDIGIC 8
Autofocus
TypeTTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated sensor
Points45 cross-type AF points
(45 f/5.6 cross-type AF points, 27 f/8 points [9 cross-type], centre point is f/2.8 and f/5.6 dual cross-type)
Working RangeEV -3 – 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
ModesOne-Shot AF
Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF II)
AI Focus AF
Point SelectionAutomatic selection: 45 point AF
Manual selection: Spot AF
Single point AF
Manual selection: Zone AF
Manual selection: Large Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
MicroadjustmentYes
Exposure Control
Metering Modes216-zone (18 x 12) metering with approx. 220,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and TTL full-aperture.
384-zone (24 x 16) metering using image sensor output signals (Live View and Movie Recording).
The following metering modes selectable:
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering on the center part of the viewfinder (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder/approx. 4.5% in live view)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2.0% of viewfinder/approx. 2.6% in live view)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV -3 – 18
Exposure Comp±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO SensitivityISO 100–25600 (1/3-stop), Expanded 51200
Shutter Speed30 – 1/8000 sec (1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode), 1/16000 with Electronic Shutter
WB SettingsAWB (Ambience priority, White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9
Custom WBYes, 1 setting can be registered
Viewfinder
TypePentaprism
CoverageApprox. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.95x
EyepointApprox. 22mm
InformationAF information: AF points, focus confirmation, AF area selection mode
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Grid, Electronic level, Aspect Ratio
Other information: Battery check, Alert symbol, Flicker Detection
DOF PreviewYes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece ShutterOn strap
LCD
TypeTouch screen Vari angle 3.0″ (7.7cm) 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
CoatingAnti smudge
Brightness AdjAdjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Electronic Level
Flash
Built-in GN12 (ISO 100, meters)
Built-in CoverageUp to 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 28mm)
Built-in Recycle TimeApprox. 3 seconds
ModesAuto, Manual flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
X-Sync1/250 sec
Exposure Compensation±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Hot Shoe/PC TerminalYes / No
External Flash CompE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash ControlVia Flash Setting Menu
Shooting
Shooting ModesScene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie), Creative Auto, SCN(Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Food, Kids, Candlelight), Creative filters, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb, Custom1, Custom 2, Group Photo, Panning
Picture StylesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Image ProcessingHighlight Tone Priority (normal plus enhanced)
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination and Chromatic aberration correction
Creative Assist
Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect)
Multi-exposure
RAW image processing – during image Playback only
Resize to M or S1, S2
Digital Lens Optimizer
HDR art vivid, HDR art bold, HDR art embossed, HDR art standard to Creative Filters
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continous shooting
Self-Timer: Continuous, Continuous Panning
Continuous ShootingMax. Approx. 10fps. (speed maintained for 58 JPEG and 25 RAW with UHS-II card)
Live view Max. Approx 11fps. with One-Shot AF, 7fps with Servo AF
Shutter Lag59ms
Viewfinder Blackout96ms
Live View
Frame Rate59.94 fps
FocusingManual Focus (Magnify 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face detection and Tracking AF, Eye AF, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), Tracking sensitivity adj, accel tracking, AF auto pt. switching
MeteringReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor. Evaluative metering, partial metering, spot metering, center-weighted average metering.
Display OptionsGrid overlay (x3), Histogram, Electronic level
File Information
Still Image TypeJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.31 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
RAW: RAW (CR3 14-bit), CRAW (Compact RAW)
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Image SizeRAW: (3:2) 6960 x 4640, (4:3) 6160 x 4640, (16:9) 6960 x 3904, (1:1) 4640x 4640
 
JPEG 3:2 (L) 6960 x 4640, (M) 4800 x 3200, (S1) 3472 x 2320, (S2) 2400 x 1600
JPEG 4:3 (L) 6160 x 4640, (M) 4256 x 3200 (S1) 3072 x 2320 (S2) 2112 x 1600
JPEG 16:9 (L) 6960 x 3904, (M) 4800 x 2688 (S1) 3472 x 1952 (S2) 2400 x 1344
JPEG (1:1) (L) 4640 x 4640, (M) 3200 x 3200, (S1) 2300 x 2300 (S2) 1600 x 1600
 
In-camera RAW processing & Image Resize available in playback
Movie TypeMP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]
Movie Size4K – 3840 x 2160 (29.97, 25 fps)
Full HD – 1920 x 1080 (119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps)
HD – 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
HDR – 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25 fps)
4K Timelapse – 3840 x 2160 (29.97, 25 fps)
Movie LengthMax duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB (If file size exceeds 4GB a new file will be created automatically)
Other Information
Wireless FeaturesBuilt-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
GPSvia optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver
Custom Functions29 Custom Functions
LCD Panel / IlluminationYes / Yes
Water & Dust ResistanceYes
Sound MemoNo
Interface
Computer InterfaceHi-Speed USB (Micro-B USB connector)
Other InterfaceWireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only, 1-11 ch)
 
Bluetooth (v4.1, Bluetooth low energy)
 
HDMI mini output (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8bit, streaming with or without shooting info., HDR output of photos to compatible TV)
 
External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
 
Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)
Memory
Memory TypeSD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-II)
Batteries & Power
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N
Battery LifeApprox. 1300 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 1200 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 1860 (at 23°C, AE 100%)
Power SupplyAC Adapter AC-E6(N), DC coupler: DR-E6, Battery
Battery Chargerscharger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6
Physical Specs
Body MaterialsPolycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Shutter Durability Rating120,000
Operating Environment32–104°F / 0–40°C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions Inches5.54 x 4.13 x 3.03″ (140.7 x 104.8 x 76.8mm)
CIPA Weight24.73 oz (701g)
Accessories
ViewfinderEyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15II, Angle Finder C
Wireless File TransmitterBuilt in
Compatible LensesAll EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses
Battery GripBG-E14  
RemoteRemote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-6, Remote Controller BR-E1, Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 only when used with Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3
OtherDirectional Stereo Microphone DM-E1
GPS Reciever GP-E2
Hand Strap E2

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