Canon 90D

Canon EOS 90D front
  • 33MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 701g - 141 x 105 x 77mm
  • Revealed August 2019
  • Superseded the Canon 80D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 90D overview

Canon 90D is Canon's Advanced DSLR digital camera first revealed on August of 2019. The camera uses a 33MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6960 x 4640.

Canon introduced this model in an effort to improve the older Canon 80D (Read Full Comparison)

The 90D is rated #3 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all round #38 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 90D history

The Canon 90D is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D33MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-80D front thumbnailCanon 80D
90D vs 80D
24MPAPS-C7.0 fps2016
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Canon-EOS-70D front thumbnailCanon 70D
90D vs 70D
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-60D front thumbnailCanon 60D
90D vs 60D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-50D front thumbnailCanon 50D
90D vs 50D
15MPAPS-C6.3 fps2008
Canon-EOS-40D front thumbnailCanon 40D
90D vs 40D
10MPAPS-C6.5 fps2007
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Canon-EOS-30D front thumbnailCanon 30D
90D vs 30D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-20D front thumbnailCanon 20D
90D vs 20D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-10D front thumbnailCanon 10D
90D vs 10D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon 90D Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Canon 90D based on criterias which are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

features face detect focusing
features tracking focus
focusing manually
great battery (1,300 CIPA)
great ISO range (25,600)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
has focus by touch
has HDMI out
has headphone support
has mic support
has phase detect AF
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes Top screen
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
MP count amazing (33 megapixels)
pretty good screen size (3")
saves RAW files
screen articulates
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
supports bluetooth
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
touchscreen enabled
very good screen resolution (1,040 k dots)
weather proofing
does not have image stabilization
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Canon 90D Sensor specifications

The Canon 90D features the DIGIC 8 chip. The spec of the sensor in the Canon 90D is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 6960 x 4640 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 33 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. This ISO can be increased digitally to a high of 51200. RAW files are saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the 90D's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The 90D sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 90D dimensions

Canon 90D weighs 1.55 pounds (701 gr or 24.73 ounces) & has outer dimensions of 141mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr so the Canon 90D is on par in comparison with its rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Canon 90D alongside a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS 90D dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button design on the 90D.

Canon EOS 90D topview buttons dials

Canon 90D Lens specifications

The 90D fits the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses to pick from. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the 90D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-150mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-Macro-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS Macro HSM150mmf/2.8 1150g
Canon-EF-28-300mm-f3.5-5.6L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 28-300mm f3.5-5.6L IS USM28-300mmf/3.5-5.6 1670g
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Sigma-50-200mm-F4-5.6-DC-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM50-200mmf/4.0-5.6 420g
Tamron-SP-AF-17-35mm-F2.8-4-Di-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF17-35mmf/2.8-4.0 440g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-35mm-f2.8-Macro-DX-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 35mm f2.8 Macro DX35mmf/2.8 340g
Tokina-atx-i-Pro-11-16mm-F2.8-CF-Specs-Canon-EF-S lensTokina atx-i Pro 11-16mm F2.8 CF11-16mmf/2.8555g
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Canon-EF-70-200mm-f2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM70-200mmf/2.8 1570g
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Canon 90D Connectivity

The 90D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy files and at times adjust settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Canon 90D Video specifications

The maximum video quality in the Canon 90D is 3840 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p offers an exceptional quality for video recording. You can crop to Full HD in order to get better results. Be wary of the huge file sizes and ensure you get good SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does feature both headphone and mic support making it incredibly valuable while capturing audio.

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Canon 90D Weather Sealing

Canon 90D provides weather sealing making it a very good candidate for use for tricky locations. This is especially useful when you are unsure about the conditions you might face for outdoor photography.

Canon 90D Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 90D houses a 3" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and group shots when required. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can change focus points and change settings by using your fingertips. The 90D also comes with a Top screen so it’s possible to quickly see camera settings.

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The ViewFinder specs for Canon 90D are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.6x

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.

Canon 90D Shutter specifications

Canon 90D continuous shooting rate is 11.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Beware that the electronic shutter can cause "rolling shutter" in certain situations.

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Canon 90D Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon 90D comes with both built in flash as well as external flash ability. The max flash sync is 1/250s.

Canon 90D Autofocus specifications

Canon 90D comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it useful for people photography.

It boasts 45 focus points to select from. Canon 90D has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to switch focus points. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Canon 90D has manual focus when needed for low light or you require more accurate focus control.

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Canon 90D Battery life

The battery (LP-E6N) on the Canon 90D is built to last for 1300 shutters with respect to the CIPA requirements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the highest possible (2260) battery life for this category of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras that have the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
90D vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
90D vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
90D vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
90D vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Canon 90D for specific forms of photography

The following diagram gives a analysis of the Canon 90D for specific forms of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon 90D

The Canon 90D receives a rating of 83 which is excellent, meaning that it is a wonderful pick for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the capability to utilize off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
amazing sensor resolution (33MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats

Canon 90D Street photography advice

Having a nice rating of 72, the Canon 90D is a good pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
has touch focus
weather sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization

Canon 90D Sports photography details

A outstanding sports photography points total of 80 means the Canon 90D is a terrific choice for photographing sports. A camera must have good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
high megapixels (33 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
better than average battery life (1,300 shots)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization

Canon 90D Travel photography factors

Size is super important in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon 90D gets a great 78 for a travelling camera which makes it a fantastic fit to take on your holidays.

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great battery power (1,300 CIPA)
environment proofing
has bluetooth
provides touch focus
megapixel count fantastic (33MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly

Canon 90D as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 90D at it's very high score of 80 as a landscape camera is a superb pick among its rivals.

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has manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
megapixel count excellent (33 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery life (1,300 per charge)
no image stabilization

Canon 90D Vlogging info

A vlogging camera really should have a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Canon 90D is a very decent pick as a vlog camera as it receives a nice rating of 71.

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display is selfie friendly
has face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has microphone port
lack of image stabilization

Canon 90D Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the 90D, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Advanced DSLR.

The chart down below gives you a bird's eye view of the 90D versus it's top rated rivals mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you may regard as alternative options. To go through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 90D
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
33 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
6960 x 4640
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
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
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Canon EF/EF-S
Total lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen size
Resolution of screen
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Maximum silent shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Yes (With USB-PD compatible chargers)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
701 grams (1.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions
141 x 105 x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0")
Battery life
1300 pictures
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Card slots
Launch pricing