We are testing the Canon EOS 90D reflex camera. Will the new matrix, fast autofocus and 4K mode be enough to compete with mirrorless cameras? We check it in our review.
Three years have passed since the release of the Canon EOS 80D, so we could expect many changes after its successor, the Canon EOS 90D model. At a time when mirrorless cameras are beginning to change, the 80D changes have to be really big to match the competition. Is Canon doing this?
SLR camera with good ergonomics
The construction of the new model is characteristic for SLRs. The size of the camera is not inferior to some full-frame models and pierces most mirrorless cameras. However, it is difficult to consider it a disadvantage, because supporters of SLRs appreciate, among others, for their size. EOS 90D feel in the palm of your hand, this is a large-size model, but it weighs quite well – 700 grams with a battery means that the model does not overburden us. The body was made of plastic, and a large part of it is occupied by rubber, strengthening the handle. The grip itself has been strongly profiled and the camera fits perfectly in the hand. Under the index finger we have access not only to the shutter button, but also to a number of other buttons and knobs. In turn, under the thumb we have another few buttons and a joystick.The design of this model will be satisfied all those who like to control many camera settings from the housing, not the menu. Following the example of professional SLRs, the EOS 90D has a lot of buttons on the housing that allow for comprehensive camera control. Most coincide with what you can find on the 80D model. So on the upper part of the body on the right, in addition to the shutter button, there are six buttons. One is used to turn on the backlight of the monochrome screen, which was also found in this part of the housing. The other buttons, like the dial here, are used to control various settings, including ISO and autofocus. The camera has a total of two knobs that allow you to set exposure parameters, such as shutter and aperture in the lens. The third knob is located on the upper left of the lens and is used to set camera modes. In addition to the standard P, A, S, M and automatic you can also find the Bulb mode here, which helps in long-exposure shooting, scene mode, creative filters, or two Custom modes in which you can save the settings that you use most often. On the front of the body there is a switch between the photo and film modes and, among other things, the buttons used to operate the menu. The joystick is new, thanks to which, like more expensive models, we can set the focus point. There are a lot of buttons in general, although in my opinion there were not many important ones. First of all, I felt the lack of a knob to set the exposure compensation – when photographing I usually use the aperture priority mode and I adjust the brightness just through the compensation knob. Here you can get to this setting even before the touch menu , but it is less instinctive and takes more time. I also miss the ability to quickly switch between white balance modes – entering from outside into the room I would like to be able to turn on the bulb mode as soon as possible and for this I have to delve into the menu again. A big plus is the mentioned joystick, thanks to which the focus can be easily set using the optical viewfinder. On the right side there is a place for a memory card, on the left a whole series of inputs: microphone, headphone, drain hose, HDMI version C and micro USB in the older standard. The battery located in the bottom of the housing is quite small – 1800 mAh . This, combined with the relatively low power consumption of the camera, in effect guarantees a really long time of work on a single charge, reaching up to 900-1000 photos. Few models can boast of such a result. The camera also offers wireless connectivity, and thanks to WiFi we can remotely control it and send photos to mobile devices.
The touch screen is useful
Screen with standard parameters – 3 inches and 1.04 million. punk – was equipped with touch. The display parameters are sufficient to provide a good quality image preview . In turn, its brightness is so high that its use in the sun is acceptable. The screen tilts to the side and works in a wide range of 170 degrees. This means that we can use the camera in various positions, and in the case of vlogging also works fine.The screen has a touch that not only allows you to choose the focus point, but also guarantees control of many functions. By pressing the "Q" icon in the upper right corner we get to the short menu. With the help of touch from the screen, we can also set aperture, exposure compensation or ISO. My camera consists of six categories, and some of them have so many options that they have been grouped by numbers. So Manu has several dozen options, we can move around with the help of touch. In terms of design, it is still the same menu that we know from many much older models . Canon has not changed it significantly and it is transparent, and navigating through it should not cause problems. There was also the "My Menu" tab, in which we can place the functions we use most often. Due to the fact that the EOS 90D is an SLR, it offers an optical viewfinder. The viewfinder has the most important exposure information, we can also choose the focus point with the joystick. The eyecup has been shaped so well that even using the viewfinder for a long time is not a problem. The camera also has a monochrome screen located on the upper part of the housing. It displays basic information about the exposure, mode used, and the amount of space on the memory card. The screen is backlit in orange, and the backlight is activated by the button.
New matrix and photo quality
Relative to its predecessor, the EOS 90D has gained some significant new features, including a new 32.5 Mpix matrix, supported by the DIGIC 8 processor. Canon should be recognized because among the APS-C models it is not easy to find a camera with a resolution exceeding 24 Mpix. The resolution offered by this model is therefore impressive. It comes with a new, powerful image processor and Dul Pixel CMOS AF sharpening technology. The tonal range of photos is really high and compared to the competition in the form of mirrorless cameras it falls above average. Similarly with the detail of the photos. As always with Canon, we can talk about very nice colors, especially in the context of skin color reproduction. On the other hand, the set of creative filters is poor, which has practically not changed for several generations. However, it is hard to consider a disadvantage, after all, this SLR is not a model for amateurs. In terms of dealing with higher ISOs, the camera performs quite well . Only from ISO 12 800 the noise starts to be noticeable, while below it is hardly visible. At ISO 25 600, the noise is already strongly felt, but proper noise reduction in the graphics program will allow the photo to be saved. In the case of movies, ISO value does not seem to exceed 4Autofocus did not gain more points, which is a disappointment, because I counted on more than 45 cross points known from the predecessor. However, you have to honestly admit that it is doing really well and you can see progress, probably thanks to more efficient algorithms and a new processor. Auto focus is fully usable in continuous mode, which will certainly please vloggers. Yes, compared to models with several hundred focus points, the camera is still only good, but I think that most users should be satisfied. Below are some photos taken with the camera. Frames in full resolution for preview in the gallery . Plus is also faster serial mode, thanks to which we will take 10 photos in a second. This is a solid result, but it goes hand in hand with a not very capacious buffer. In one series we can save only 28 RAW or 68 JPG. Little. It's good, however, that finally the serial mode in the SLR is beginning to catch up with the mirrorless cameras – 10fps is in my opinion the minimum necessary today.
The movie mode has improved
In terms of film capabilities, the model performs much better than its predecessor. One should write, however, that it is not difficult, because this one had quite basic possibilities. EOS 90D meets current market requirements, so it turns in 4K 30p and Full HD 120p. This is the standard today, but Canon has stood out a lot recently, so it's good that we have what it takes this time. The downside, however, is the fact that continuous slow-motion autofocus does not work during filming. However, I still regret the lack of possibility of filming in semi-automatic modes and interfering with more parameters during recording. I believe that the camera has deficiencies in this respect. We will not see here any movie profiles, but we've got focus peaking. The quality of recordings, however, is at a high level, the sharpness and detail in both 4K and Full HD look good, and the autofocus during filming works quickly and efficiently. Let's add that in 4K the camera records using the entire surface of the matrix, i.e. without crop, and contrary to appearances, it is not so obvious. However, there is a lack of matrix stabilization, which forces the need to use lenses with their own stabilization. Mirrorless cameras in this class usually have one.
Summary and evaluation
We had to wait three years since the premiere of the predecessor for the Cano EOS 90D reflex camera. During this time, Canon did his homework and his new model does not differ from what the competition offers. The camera can guarantee really good quality photos, it makes nice movies, offering slow-motion and 4K. Let's add a nice autofocus, a strong battery, good ergonomics and as a result it turns out that the EOS 90D is a really successful model. There were a few minuses, like a small buffer for continuous shooting, still lacking film mode, and finally work at high ISO, which I expected a bit more. These flaws, however, cannot change the fact that the EOS 90D is a successful continuation of the series and, like its predecessor, the camera receives our editorial award "Good Buy". [Show_rating]