Canon EOS 90D review

The Canon EOS 90D is an enigma. In a world of mirrorless cameras, why do they still make DSLRs? Because the EOS 90D combines mirrorless video and live view AF with classic DSLR handling

Canon EOS 90D review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

There are irritations and limitations with any camera, and we can pick out a few with the EOS 90D – but this camera’s capabilities are so impressive and so all-encompassing, that you can’t expect miracles. We’d like a bigger buffer capacity, we’d like twin card slots, we’d like lots of things – but this camera already does so much, and does it so well at an enthusiast camera price point, that it deserves its high rating.

Pros

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    Optical viewfinder

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    Size and ‘heft’

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    Vari-angle touchscreen

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    Uncropped 4K

Cons

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    120fps video S-AF only

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    Limited buffer capacity

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    Not much gain from 32MP

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The Canon EOS 90D’s 32.5-megapixel sensor has the highest resolution of any APS-C camera you can buy. That bald fact is likely to dominate any stories about Canon’s new DSLR, but could actually prove its downfall. 

More pixels don’t alway mean better image quality – and we’ll have more to say about this shortly – but thankfully the EOS 90D had plenty more to shout about. It's enough to make this not just one of the best Canon cameras right now, but one of the best DSLRs you can buy.

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Rod Lawton
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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com