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Canon 90D – Watch Before You Buy


this tech gear talk is sponsored by dashlane if you’re tired of having to reset your passwords every time you forget them it’s time to use dash line what’s up guys siggy here and welcome to another tech here talk today we’re gonna check out the canon 90 deep this new 32 megapixel camera from canon was released earlier this year and it replaced the super popular a TD and this was an interesting move by canon and showed us that they believe there’s still room in this mirrorless dominant market for DSLRs i’ve been using it for a few months already and right off the bat i’m going to tell you that I really enjoyed the overall user experience I’m going to walk you through a detailed review show some sample photos and video footage and then talk about who I think this camera would work for at 1,200 bucks the 90 D is in direct competition with cameras like the Sony a 64 hundred the Fuji X 230 and even the Canon RP the 90d combines canon’s latest 32 megapixel aps-c sensor fantastic image quality great handling and some very cool features like face detection with an optical viewfinder this camera is a similar but not identical set of features to the recently released m6 Mark 2 and I’ll publish a comparison video once I’m finished with the detailed reviews I’m gonna cover what I liked and what I didn’t like about the 90 D and try to help you decide

whether this camera could be right for you I’m going to very quickly go over some overall key features in case you’re just starting your research the 90 d features a 32 point 5 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and the newest digital 8 processor it uses a five thousand four hundred and eighty one point dual pixel autofocus system when using live view and a forty five point all cross-type autofocus system when using the viewfinder it has a 3-inch 1.04 million dot fully articulating touchscreen and an optical viewfinder with a hundred percent coverage you can record 4k 24 and 30 frames per second video it can shoot Full HD or 1080p at up to 120 frames per second for slow-motion but with some limitations that I’m going to discuss later on in this video we’ve got a 3.5 millimeter mic input and a headphone jack in body 1080p and fork time lapse Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for remote control and easy file-sharing and finally the 90 D offers digital image stabilization that can work together with lens based is all right now that we got that out of the way let’s dive in deeper and talk about the good and the bad and I want to start out by talking about the sensor and the processor the 90 D uses canon’s latest 32 point 5 megapixel aps-c sensor and that’s a ton of pixels to pack into a crop sensor the sensor has a native ISO range of 102 25600 which

could be expanded all the way up to 50 1200 the image quality and autofocus which I’ll touch on later on have been absolutely outstanding the 90 D is a very good option if you’re shooting portraits landscape lifestyles street photography or even a good vlogging or travel camera if you’re not bothered by the larger size overall I really like the images right out of the camera the JPEG color processing is just what I expect from a canon camera and I’m super happy with the additional 8 megapixels of resolution as far as dynamic range the 90d performed pretty well I wouldn’t say it’s industry-leading but I was very happy with what I was getting for the price moving onto the processor Canon is using its latest and most powerful processor 2 digit 8 which adds a lot of power to the 90 d first simple operations like start up going from shooting to preview mode or just in and out of menus and selecting features or settings is very fast and I’ll show you an example of startup time so the camera is off right now I’m gonna hold down the shutter you can see it’s not doing anything and I turn it on and that’s how fast it turned on got focus and took a picture and moving on if you watched any of my reviews before

you know that one of the things that I look at in every camera that I test is continuous or burst shooting and this lets me just hold down the shutter and the camera will just keep on firing this is a great feature when I’m photographing kids running around if I’m at a sporting event or if I’m trying to photograph one of my dogs running around or any times when I’m shooting a fast-moving subject the 90 d can shoot it up to 10 frames per second with full AI server AF when using the viewfinder so I’m gonna go ahead and get focused and then hold down the shutter that’s pretty fast this is gonna work well for most people but if you’re looking to primarily shoot sports or fast-moving object you may want to look at an option that gives you even more frames per second as far as the buffer size were looking at 58 images when shooting JPEGs and 25 images when shooting raw I’m working on a couple of follow up videos and tutorials that have to do with my video settings and low-light shooting and a few other things so if you’re interested make sure that you’re subscribed and that you have notifications turned on and if you have

anything else do you want me to cover in future videos just let me know in the comment section from the video standpoint the 90d can record internally up to 4k 30 frames per second with a 30 minute limit up to 4k 30 frames 8-bit for 2 – externally using the clean HDMI out both formats give you fantastic footage and a ton of color info to work with when you’re grading your footage in post-production finally having a clean HDMI out also means that the 90d can easily be used for live streaming with continuous autofocus one thing that I would have really liked to see at this price point is C log for a more flat image profile which could be useful for color grading okay let’s move on and I say this a lot but one of the most important things to meet with every tool that I use is ergonomic and that’s in terms of both handling and user interface and it’s something that I think a lot of people overlook when they’re choosing a camera the 90 D is extremely comfortable to hold the body is of course larger than most maryland’s cameras and there’s a super-deep grip for longer shoots and specifically with larger lenses it feels well balanced and I never felt like I was gonna drop it or like it was gonna slip out of my hands it actually almost felt like I was using one of my 5ds but with a deeper and more comfortable grip now as technology advances

manufacturers are able to make certain components smaller but I think it’s important to strike a balance between performance organ Amish and portability overall this is a very solid and well-built camera and I like that it’s weather-sealed which offers protection and dust and moisture I used it when I traveled and on the beach and it’s nice to know that I have an extra layer of protection on the other hand it’s definitely on the bigger and heavier side so if you like what you’ve seen so far but portability as a priority for you check out the canon m6 mark ii going back to the 90 d there are plenty of buttons and dials so you can control most of what you need without ever having to go into the menu just like on my 5d there is a dial up top and a ring on the back which you can use for aperture and shutter speed one feature that I really liked is the multifunction lock on the bottom right I could select which of the buttons and dials I want to lock so for example when I’m shooting video I want to make sure that I don’t inadvertently change the shutter speed so I went into the setting and selected the shutter speed dial and then locked it and then I can feel comfortable that if I’m shooting video and I’m trying to change the aperture and I inadvertently reach for the wrong dial I know that it’s

locked and it won’t change until I unlock it moving on there is also a new joystick that Canon calls a multi controller and this new joystick is positioned higher up on the body and it’s really convenient for adjusting the position of the autofocus point on the left side you’ll find the mode dial which lets you very quickly go from manual to aperture or shutter priority plus bulb scene and a few other auto and custom options I like that you have to press the mode dial lock release button in order to change the setting so again you don’t inadvertently rotate this dial in the center on the back we find the Q button which brings up canons click menu on the LCD this is one of my favorite features about Canon cameras and when coupled with the full touch screen I find that it provides the best user experience of any brand you can also bring up the quick menu by clicking the Q on the top right of the LCD now while you can’t customize this menu it definitely provides quick access to the most used functions of the camera when you do need to go into the main menu you do so by clicking the menu button on the top left again canons menu system is super simple to learn and use and it’s definitely a reason why I often recommend Canon for beginners moving on to the battery the 90 D uses the LPE 6 and lithium-ion battery where one of the advantages of

DSLRs is higher battery life and in this case 1,300 shots per charge on the right hand of the camera we have a barn door covering the SD card slot I love this placement because it means that I don’t have to take the camera off the tripod to remove or replace the SD card on the left side we have covers for a micro USB for file transfer an HDMI port as well as a mic input headphone jack and remote control port it would have been nice if we got USB charging or the ability to power the camera continuously using USB but instead there’s an option to do that using a coupler for uninterrupted power moving on to the bottom of the camera we have the battery compartment which again is placed in a position that allows me to switch batteries without having to remove the 90d from my tripod and that’s a big bonus for me the pentaprism type optical viewfinder offers a hundred percent frame coverage and it includes autofocus points and mode compositional grids and a few other assistive features what’s pretty unique about this optical viewfinder is that you can still use face detection which is something that’s usually reserved for electronic viewfinders it doesn’t cover the entire sensor but worked pretty well for me when the subject was inside the allotted zone and was definitely a feature that I used when I shot portraits with the viewfinder before I get to image quality I want to thank – Lane again for sponsoring

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information you want to capture depending on what you plan on doing with the images in post-production the image quality for stills was excellent and I would say was as good as any mirrorless or DSLR aps-c competitors at this price range the images were crisp with fairly good dynamic range and outstanding JPEG color processing skin tones appeared natural and I really enjoyed shooting portraits with this camera of course if you’re shooting rod this isn’t a big deal for you but I like to be able to use shots right out of the camera with maybe a slight edit for quicker social media posts this means that I usually shoot both JPEG and RAW so that I have both options available to me now for video if you’re shooting an NTSC the 90d can record 4k video at 24 and 30 frames per second and Full HD at 24 30 and 60 frames per second in PAL you can shoot 4k at 25 and Full HD at 25 or 50 frames per second now initially the 90 D did not offer 24 frames per second in 4k or 1080p but Canon listened to its users and with a recent firmware update added both options there’s also a high frame rate movie mode which lets you capture Full HD or 1080p at 120 frames per second for slow-motion the image quality is very good but there is no continuous autofocus no image stabilization and no audio in this mode I can live without the audio and without the stabilization but the lack of autofocus makes this feature almost useless we have the standard 30-minute record limit in 4k and

1080p which is the industry standard or you can choose to record externally via the clean HDMI out the 4k footage from the 90 D was nice and crisp and I like the fact that there is no additional crop like on the m50 SL tree and various other Canon Jam this makes it a lot easier to get wide-angle shots when shooting in 4k I’ll do a comparison video with other cameras in this range and I’ll discuss how this footage compares to the various other options overall it’s very good but probably not quite as detailed as the a 6400 or the XT 30 if I’m pixel peeping going to 1080p I think that I prefer the 90 footage to that of the a 6400 and it’s probably on par with the XT 30 which if you watch that review as saying a lot I have a dedicated video discussing the pros and cons of shooting in 4k so if you’re interested I’ll link to it up in the corner and in the description so you can check it out after this video and I mentioned this before but it would have been really nice if Canon added C log to the picture profiles alright next let’s talk a little bit about autofocus with the 90 D being a DSLR we have two different autofocus systems one for the viewfinder and another one for the LCD using live view when using the viewfinder the 90 D employs a 45 point autofocus all cross-type system that is pretty similar to what was available on the ATD but with a higher res metering sensor that has 220,000 pixels rather than the 7560 on the 80 D and this

new metering system allows the 90 D to have subject recognition and therefore face detection when shooting through the optical viewfinder which is really cool now if you’ve been using a mirrorless camera the 45 point system is still going to feel limited when compared to an electronic viewfinder and this is where you may choose to use the LCD with live view with the LCD we’re using the dual pixel autofocus system which covers essentially the entire height of the sensor and 88% of the width with five thousand four hundred and eighty-one points in addition to the improve the accuracy and coverage of the system were also getting eye detection now overall the autofocus system using live view was more accurate for me when shooting landscape or doing street photography that wasn’t terribly important to me but when shooting moving subjects I found that my hit rate was a lot higher when using the LCD and that ended up using it even though I was getting seven frames per second instead of ten when using the viewfinder Alta even for portraits I prefer to use the LCD because it offered eye detection rather than just face detection when there are multiple faces on the shot the 90d will prioritize the closest one to the camera but you will see arrows to the left or the right which will let you easily use the joystick to switch which faces and focus are which eye is being tracked all in all face tracking worked well when I was using it for portraits and as I mentioned the added eye

tracking and more complete coverage when using the LCD was a big bonus moving to video here we’re exclusively using the dual pixel autofocus system I have nothing but good things to say about this autofocus for video it was reliable and consistent and without any type of hunting face and a high detection for video is good even in lower light situations and that 90d easily tracked a face even when the subject was moving through the frame in addition to face and eye tracking Canon also offers subject tracking so you can just click on any subject in the frame and it will be tracked as it moves around the user interface using the touchscreen is very user-friendly and it’s one of my favorites in terms of responsiveness and accuracy another feature that was great about the 90d is that it uses a dual pixel autofocus system even when you’re shooting in 4k some older models like the m50 and the SL 3 switched to a contrast detection system when you were shooting in 4k which was slower less accurate and struggled in low-light situations the 90d has none of those issues in 4k and the autofocus worked great one other features that I really liked is the ability to easily rack focus from one subject to another by clicking on it using the touchscreen I like the fact that I can talk about one thing while I have it in focus and then click on another item as I want to shift the users attention to it so to recap my

opinion about the autofocus it worked really well for me for both Stills and video but I found that the Live View option using the LCD worked even better for me all right let’s move on to lens options for the 90 D and I think a lot of people forget to look at this part when they’re shopping for a camera when I test cameras I like to use a variety of lenses at different price points to help give people a true feel of what they should expect from the camera what’s great here is that the 90 D natively accepts EF and EFS mount lenses which means you can use anything from entry-level EFS lenses all the way to the best l series canon glass there are also a lot of very good options from third party providers which includes my favorite lens the Sigma 80 no 35 F 1.8 one thing to remember is that because the 90 D has an aps-c sensor and not a full-frame sensor there is a crop factor of 1.6 X which means you have to take the focal length of the lens and multiply it by 1.6 in order to get the 35 millimeter equivalent field of view for example if I take the 18 to 55 kit lens when I multiply by 1.6 I’m actually getting a 29 to 88 millimeter field of view what that means is that 18 millimeters on this camera is not as wide as an 18 millimeter lens would be on a full-frame sensor camera but it’s the same as a 29 millimeter lens on a full-frame sensor the important thing here is that you have a lot of options and you’re not stuck with a fixed lens that lets you buy the 90 d with maybe only one lens for an out like the 18 to 55 or the 18 to 135 kit lenses but then you continue to build on this camera body with different lenses as your needs change moving on let’s talk a little bit about the 1.04 million dot 3 inch fully articulating touchscreen LCD I love this screen for both photography and video

because I’m able to position it just how I want whether the camera is below or above eye level or even if I’m positioned to the side and I’ll give you some practical examples when I need to shoot over a group of people or the cameras on a tripod I can easily point the screen down all the way to 90 degrees so that I can always very easily frame my shot if I’m on a slider or photographing from the hip I can have the screen pointed up and if I’m doing product photography or working on a gimbal I can have this screen pointed either side to accommodate different conditions finally if I’m in front of the camera I can just flip it 180 degrees so that it’s facing the front and now I can see how I’m framed and that the 90 D has me in focus and because I do regularly run across all of these oceans this is something that I very much value in a camera and at the same time I can see that not every person uses their camera the way I do next the screen is a full touch screen so unlike some brands where you might only be able to use this screen for focus or for focus and quick menu option but not for the main menu on the 90 D you can control everything using the touch screen and we use phones and other touch enabled devices every day and it’s great to be able to use the main menu the quick menu change exposure settings and set focus all using the touch screen the screen is nice and bright and it worked well from you when shooting photos and videos indoor and outdoors moving on I also want to talk about some other features that the 90 D has that could help you make a buying decision first I want to talk about image stabilization the 90 D

does not have in body image stabilization as far as the sensor is concerned but it does offer embodied digital image stabilization and of course some lenses offer optical image stabilization which Canon calls is while I appreciate having ibis in the cameras that provided it’s not something that I really rely on cameras are getting better and better in low light which allows me to raise my ISO a bit if needed and for video if I really want stable footage I’m using a gimbal or a slider if I want to vlog with the 90 D and I’m walking around I’ll probably turn on digital image stabilization which means that the camera will apply a slight crop to my footage in order to compensate for camera shake next I want to talk about time-lapse and this is something that I absolutely love and use all the time in the Canon cameras that offer it the 90 D offers in body 1080p and 4k time lapse options which is a great feature as usual Canon made this very simple you just select the interval in seconds which is how long you want it to wait between each exposure you then select how many exposures you want it to take and this will control how long your final time-lapse video will be finally you select whether you want a 90 D to expose for each shot or keep the exposure setting from the first shot and use them for all subsequent shots what’s great about this is that you don’t need to take in vidual photos and then process them yourself in post when the cameras finished taking pictures it will compile the time-lapse for you and it’s ready to be viewed I would recommend always

shooting time-lapse in 4k even if you plan on using it on a 1080p timeline because you can always resize it and the larger resolution gives you some cool options in terms of reframing next I want to talk about audio functions which are another strength of the 90 D on the left side we see a 3.5 millimeter mic input and a headphone jack this means that we can connect an external microphone for much better audio quality as well as headphones to monitor the audio which is critical for professional work so here I am recording directly into the 90 D using the built-in microphone everything is set on auto this is a pretty well treated and very quiet room and this should give you an idea of what you should expect under these conditions and now I’m recording using the rode videomic pro plus it’s connected directly into the camera no additional preamps what I am doing is using the plus 20 DB setting on the microphone so that it’s boosting the signal and then I’m able to turn down the gain in the camera so that hopefully there is a much lower noise floor and again I hope that this gives you an example and an idea of what the difference is going to be between using an external microphone and a built-in microphone even in a well treated room I’ll put some links in the

description to a few options that I think would pair up well with the 90 d as well as a microphone comparison video I did to help you choose I love the fact that Canon is displaying the audio levels on the screen while recording so you don’t have to go into the menu to check levels like on some other lower end models finally and this is really important to me I can change the gain on the preamp while recording by clicking on the Q menu and then either turning it up or down depending on my situation it’s great to be able to make these adjustments on the fly without having to stop the recording and you can also change the volume level for the headphones let’s move on to connectivity the 90 D also has built-in Wi-Fi which lets you easily pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet so you can wirelessly share images and video this is awesome for when you’re doing a shoot maybe you took some stills that you quickly want to post to Instagram or Facebook you can just transfer them to your phone give them a quick edit or not and then post them with bluetooth you can both share images and remote control the camera from a mobile device using the Canon camera Connect app and this is huge when you’re working alone you can literally use your phone as a remote monitor there’s a slight delay but it’s an awesome feature and one that I use all

the time when I’m shooting alone I love the fact that I can see and change auto focus modes and points on the app which is something that I haven’t been able to do with a lot of other brands and then finally for photography I like to use this feature from macro so I can take a picture without having to touch the camera okay so I would love to know what you think about the 90d let me know in the comments section if this is a camera that you would consider getting and then why or why not I think the 90d is an excellent option if you’re looking for a mid size DSLR at this price point that can do a great job for both photography and video for photography the 32 megapixel aps-c sensor gave me excellent image quality and for video I got very good 4k and outstanding 1080p autofocus was good when using the viewfinder and fantastic when using the LCD with the dual pixel autofocus system and I enjoyed using the face and eye detection when shooting portraits and video ergonomics are another strong suit of the 90 d the body is very comfortable to hold and the buttons and dials are positioned well I like the new joystick placement and the fully articulating touchscreen is something that I miss on every camera that doesn’t have it the body is very well built and it offers weather sealing for additional protection I like that we’re getting uncropped 4k video with dual pixel autofocus I’m happy that Canon decided to add to 24 frames per second for both 1080p and 4k we have a mic input and a headphone jack for better audio quality and monitoring and the ability to modify gain and volume levels on-the-fly remote functionality and image transfer is industry-leading in terms of feed and functionality and the battery life is excellent I also liked having the ability to shoot embody 4k time lapse without having to do any post-processing

a few opportunities for improvements here are the limited autofocus coverage in the viewfinder no ability to charge via USB lack of autofocus when shooting at 120 frames per second and the lack of C log the body alone sells for right under 1200 bucks and I think it’s a good value if you’re looking for a powerful high-resolution aps-c DSLR I’ll put links in the description to the body as well as some lenses and accessories that I liked because there are always specials and discounts and the links will automatically be updated with the lowest pricing I really hope that I was able to give you a good overview of the canon i needi if I did please let me know by giving this video a thumbs up tweet it share it and if you haven’t yet join the community by hitting subscribe and notification buttons for more opportunities for live interaction make sure you find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook at tech gear Talk you know what I always say buy it nice or buy twice good luck and see you soon you ready I’m ready let’s go why is someone ringing the doorbell not people would even pay attention anyway it’s all synced where we synced I think the audio is sync can you hear me I don’t even know moving on to processor Canada you is that what they’re doing I don’t know if that’s what they’re doing and then I’ll hold the shutter down that’s really should slow shutter speed that was a terrible example it actually check out the Canon mark 6 no so close I was so close I almost got that whole thing so I selected shut so I selected this so that the images were crisp with fairly good at whatever were they camera has that might make never I never in any review get that sentence right

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