Canon EOS 90D Review

Overall Rating
Based on 20 expert reviews

The Canon EOS 90D proves that DSLRs are not dead, at least not yet. In fact, most reviewers really liked the Canon 90D, which uses a 32.5MP APS-C image sensor, praising the camera's comfortable, weather-sealed build; excellent image quality; fast shooting ability (10fps), and decent 4K video with no cropping. The 90D is still a DSLR though, and now that smaller, lighter and more capable mirrorless cameras seem to be the wave of the future (Canon's svelte, by comparison, M6 Mark II mirrorless uses the exact same image sensor as the 90D), some reviewers knocked the 90D for seeming a bit out-of-date, at least in terms of form factor. While the 90D might not be revolutionary, it's still a solid DSLR offering from Canon and a great choice for photo enthusiasts, wildlife photographers who want to get closer to their subjects thanks to APS-C's 1.6x "crop factor," and anyone looking for a significant step up from their entry-level camera or even from their smartphone.

+ Excellent overall image quality for an APS-C DSLR
+ Good speed (10 frames per second) for capturing fast action
+ Well built, ergonomic camera body with weather sealing
+ Decent 4K video with no cropping
+ Responsive rear LCD touchscreen that flips 180 degrees
+ Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage (for those who still prefer them to EVFs)
+ Good battery life
- Bigger & heavier than comparable mirrorless cameras
- Larger DSLR form factor felt "out of date" to some reviewers
- Awkward Menu and Info button placement
- Dodgy Focus Tracking mode
- Autofocus overall only so-so
Full Model Name
Canon EOS 90D
Camera Type
Sensor Format
Frame Rate
10 frames per second
Autofocus System
45-Point All Cross-type AF System
4K UHD 30P/ Full HD 120P video
Digic 8 image processor
ISO Range
ISO 100-25,600 (native); ISO 100 - 51,200 (extended)
Optical viewfinder
Built-in Flash
Yes, pop-up flash
Rear Screen
3-inch tilt-swivel LCD touchscreen on back
Card Slots
Single SD slot
Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
5.5 x 4.1 x 3 inches
21 ounces
$1199, body only
Top Reviews

"Canon's latest enthusiast APS-C DSLR represents a solid leap forward in image quality for this line." - DPReview, read the full review here.


"With both fast bursts and high resolution, the Canon EOS 90D is one of the best crop sensor DSLRs on the market." - Digital Trends, read the full review here.


"If you still prefer DSLRs to mirrorless cameras, there's a lot to like about the Canon EOS 90D – it's a feature-packed DSLR with a high-resolution sensor and speedy, smooth performance." - Tech Radar, read the full review here.


"The Canon EOS 90D offers a new sensor with significantly more resolution than its predecessor, but competing mirrorless cameras have an edge in autofocus performance." - PC Magazine, read the full review here.


"At a glance Canon's latest enthusiast DSLR doesn't appear that different to the outgoing 80D. But with a large bump in resolution and burst shooting it's an altogether different beast." - Pocket Lint, read the full review here.

"Had Canon equipped the 90D with the 7D II’s viewfinder AF system, it could have had a leader in all respects. But for now, the upgrades across the board still allow the 90D and DSLRs to remain relevant and compelling to those who prefer their form factor and viewfinder to smaller mirrorless cameras with all-electronic composition." - Cameralabs, read the full review here.


"The new Canon EOS 90D is a solid mid-sized DSLR targeted at advanced amateurs at a relatively affordable price." - Shutterbug, read the full review here.

"[The 90D] is clearly one very capable camera for a pretty affordable price tag, and I'd say it would make a great option for Canon shooters looking to upgrade from an older or lower-end Canon DSLR." - Imaging Resource, read the full review here.


"The Canon EOS 90D is a nice camera to use if you like the traditional styling and handling of a DSLR, while if you’re already equipped with a range of EF/EF-S lenses then it makes a lot of sense to make the 90D your next purchase." - Photography Blog, read the full review here.


"For those who continue to prefer the advantages of DSLRs over mirrorless – long battery life, good handling and a wide choice of native lenses – the Canon 90D is a fine choice." - Trusted Reviews, read the full review here.


"The Canon EOS 90D is a solid option for those looking to step up to a full-featured DSLR without (totally) breaking the bank." - Tom's Guide, read the full review here.


"The Canon EOS 90D lands on the photography scene with an all-new 32mp APS-C CMOS sensor, giving additional choice in the DSLR market. The camera also offers 4K and FullHD video using the full width of the sensor, so could be a great choice for videographers." - ePHOTOzine, read the full review here.


"Although we keep hearing about mirrorless camera sales overtaking DSLR sales, there are still many photographers who want a camera with a mirror. The Canon EOS 90D is designed to appeal to those people and it has a comprehensive feature set, an impressive turn of speed and two very capable autofocus systems." - Camera Jabber, read the full review here.

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