Canon EOS 90D: A Notable Upgrade

Better Photography|January 2020

Canon EOS 90D: A Notable Upgrade
Nilofer Khan puts the Canon EOS 90D through its paces, to judge whether it would satisfy the serious enthusiasts.
Nilofer Khan

Recently, Canon released a new mid-range APS-C DSLR that shows the company’s continuous commitment towards their semiprofessional segment, the EOS 90D. Launched almost four years following the release of the 80D, the DSLR offers a few significant features including its new sensor and enhanced video recording capabilities.

Features The EOS 90D incorporates a new 32.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the one that’s found on the EOS M6 Mark II. It comes with a DIGIC 8 image processor that shoots 14-bit RAWs, and has a native ISO range of 100– 25,600, which can be expanded to 51,200. The manual shutter speed is between 30 sec to 1/8000 sec, whereas the electronic shutter goes up to 1/16,000 sec. You have to use the Live View to switch from electronic front-curtain shutter to fully mechanical shutter.

The DSLR incorporates Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus technology, which covers about 100% of the frame vertically and 88% horizontally, with selectable focus positions in Live View. The AF working range is -3EV in Live View, whereas the range begins from -5EV when using viewfinder, both in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.

It has the same 45-point cross-type phase-detect AF system as the 80D. When using apertures of f/8 and wider, there are 27 points, nine of which are cross-type. The 90D has iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Autofocus) system that enables Face Detection, Spot AF, 1-point AF, and Zone AF when shooting through viewfinder and Live View. However, the Face+Tracking (Eye Detection AF selectable) only works in Live View.

It has a continuous frame rate of 10fps. While using Live View, the camera can shoot up to 11fps with fixed AF, and 7fps with AF Tracking. Exposure metering is enabled via 216-zone TTL full-aperture metering with 2,20,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. You can choose between evaluative, partial, spot, or center-weighted average. Exposure can be compensated by ±5EV, and autoexposure bracketing is available for ±3EV. The 90D comes with an AF microadjustment system that enables focus points to be adjusted for 40 different lenses.


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January 2020