Canon 90D vs Sony A6400

Canon EOS 90D front
Sony Alpha a6400 front

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 Key Specs

Canon 90D
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 701g - 141 x 105 x 77mm
  • Announced August 2019
  • Previous Model is Canon 80D
Sony A6400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Increase to 102400)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 403g - 120 x 67 x 50mm
  • Introduced January 2019
Photography Glossary

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Canon 90D and Sony A6400, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by rivals Canon and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the 90D (33MP) and A6400 (24MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The 90D was launched 8 months later than the A6400 and they are both of a similar age. The two cameras have different body design with the Canon 90D being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A6400 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the 90D matches up vs the A6400 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon 90D over the Sony A6400

 90D A6400 
IntroducedAugust 2019January 2019More recent by 8 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k922kSharper screen (+118k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A6400 over the Canon 90D

 A6400 90D 

Common features in the Canon 90D and Sony A6400

 90D A6400 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera, you'll need to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon 90D offers external measurements of 141mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") having a weight of 701 grams (1.55 lbs) while the Sony A6400 has measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") along with a weight of 403 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Underneath is a front view physical size comparison of the 90D vs the A6400.

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 90D and A6400 is 60 and 83 respectively.

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 top view buttons comparison

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements merely by looking at specifications. The photograph underneath should give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the 90D and A6400.

Plainly, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Canon 90D to give you greater detail utilizing its extra 9 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more recent 90D will have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 sensor size comparison

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 90D
Portrait photography with Sony A6400
focusing manually
fantastic MP (33 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW files
you can focus manually
decent MP (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon 90D
Street photography with Sony A6400
screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
supports touch to focus
environment sealing
good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
screen tilts
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
provides focus via touch
weather proofing
great high ISO (32,000)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 90D Sports photography highlights
Sony A6400 Sports photography highlights
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/16,000s)
fantastic MP (33MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
environment sealing
good battery pack (1,300 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
decent MP (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon 90D Travel photography factors
Sony A6400 Travel photography factors
good battery pack (1,300 CIPA)
environment sealing
has bluetooth
supports touch to focus
fantastic MP (33 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
weather proofing
has bluetooth
provides focus via touch
decent MP (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 90D as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A6400 as a Landscape photography camera
focusing manually
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
fantastic MP (33MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
good battery pack (1,300 shots)
does not have image stabilization
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent MP (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (32,000)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 90D as a Vlogging camera
Sony A6400 as a Vlogging camera
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic jack
does not have image stabilization
selfie friendly display
touch screen
offers face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic support
no image stabilization
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Canon 90D vs Sony A6400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 90D and Sony A6400
 Canon EOS 90DSony Alpha a6400
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS 90D Sony Alpha a6400
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2019-08-28 2019-01-15
Physical type Mid-size SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip DIGIC 8 Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 33 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6960 x 4640 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 32000
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 102400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 45 425
Cross focus points 45 -
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S Sony E
Amount of lenses 326 121
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Type of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.6x 0.7x
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 11.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options - Off, auto, on, slow sync, rear sync, redeye reduction, wireless, hi-speed sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 secs -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, XAVC-S
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB Yes (With USB-PD compatible chargers) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 701g (1.55 lb) 403g (0.89 lb)
Physical dimensions 141 x 105 x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") 120 x 67 x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 83
DXO Color Depth score not tested 24.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.6
DXO Low light score not tested 1431
Battery life 1300 shots 410 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6N NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick DUO (UHS-I compliant)
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $1,199 $898