Canon 90D Field Test Part I: Examining the handling & image quality of this new intermediate-level DSLR


posted Monday, September 30, 2019 at 2:25 PM EDT

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A long-awaited update to Canon's popular 80D camera from all the way back in 2016, the new Canon 90D offers a familiar yet subtlely improved exterior bundled with an all-new imaging pipeline -- a new 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor and a faster DIGIC 8 image processor. Sharing a lot of similarities feature-wise with the simultaneously-announced EOS M6 Mark II, the new 90D serves as the "DSLR counterpart" to Canon's latest intermediate- and advanced entry-level camera lineup.

The new Canon 90D, as mentioned, sports a new 32.5MP crop-frame sensor, making it the highest-resolution APS-C DSLR Canon's ever produced. And yet, despite the high-resolution sensor, the 90D's updated processor gives it similar burst shooting specs to the higher-end 7D Mark II at up to 10fps at full-resolution. Further, the camera offers updated Dual Pixel CMOS AF for live-view shooting and video recording. Video shooters, too, will appreciate the updated recording specs, including 4K UHD capture at up to 30fps, with Dual Pixel CMOS AF functionality.

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L: 70mm, f/16, 1/100s, ISO 125

In our first Field Test installment, we take a closer look at the Canon 90D's updated design and ergonomic features, and then we test the camera out in the field to get a sense of its image quality performance in a variety of shooting scenarios. To read more about how the 90D performs in the field, check out our Canon 90D Field Test Part I, and also be sure to browse our updated 90D Gallery for more real-world sample images.

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ISO Nano USM: 50mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 100
RAW file edited in Adobe Lightroom.

Canon 90D Field Test Part IGallery