Is the Canon EOS 90D relevant in the mirrorless cameras age?

Aug 25, 2019

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Is the Canon EOS 90D relevant in the mirrorless cameras age?

Aug 25, 2019

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Canon caved in. Up until a year ago, every Canon-oriented post was accompanied by a slew of comments demanding a good mirrorless from Canon. And finally, Canon caved in. Not to the comments on this blog, I guess, but to the unavoidable progress, and the demand from the masses. Canon released the EOS-R line. So does it make any sense for Canon to release a DSLR after already jumping into the mirrorless world? I mean, they just leaked a 90D DSLR….  Tech Radar thinks that the answer is yes, and has some compelling reasons. You can hope over to TR and read the full story, let me bring some of their points here, as I would love to know if you think this move from Canon makes any sense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zy5BG_hX_Y

Although the leaked 90D has a 32.5MP APS-C sensor the leaked Canon EOS M6 Mark II seems to be sharing the same sensor. True, Tech Radar notices that it’s a huge leap over Canon’s 80D (24.2-megapixel APC), but why not go with the EOS M6 Mark II instead?

Tech Radar lists three reasons:

Lens compatibility

Sure, you can use existing EF lenses with Canon’s mirrorless models via an adapter, but it’s not ideal.

Ergonomics

Many photographers are also used to the more ergonomic design of the grips on the likes of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Battery life

Many DSLRs trounce mirrorless cameras when it comes to battery life too. If the leaked specs of the EOS 90D are to be believed, the camera can fire for over 1,800 frames per charge, which is around three or four times what the average mirrorless camera can manage

Is this enough to sway you over to buy a new DSLR, or have you gone mirrorless forever? Does the 90D even make any sense?

[via Tech Radar]

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24 responses to “Is the Canon EOS 90D relevant in the mirrorless cameras age?”

  1. Taylor Maduro Port Avatar
    Taylor Maduro Port

    90D the d90 is a completely different thing.

  2. Taylor Maduro Port Avatar
    Taylor Maduro Port

    Also no it’s a complete waste of resources at this point.

  3. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Yes. Now move on to the subject of photography

  4. Robert Hicks Avatar
    Robert Hicks

    Yes, mirrorless is still primarily an enthusiast thing.

  5. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    My preference is DSLR, and I’m going to continue to wait for 7D MK III, it might not materialize but I don’t place too much stock in the Canon rumour mill. Might be a different story if there’s official word from Canon leadership.

    That said the 90D is no 7D MK II replacement.

  6. Jason Page Avatar
    Jason Page

    Yes, some people don’t like EVFs

  7. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    I don’t see the point of new mid range consumer DSLRs unless they are bringing something amazing to the table as current range delivers pretty much what users of that range require. And secondly there are so many second hand dslrs knocking about it’s easy to pick up a bargain.

  8. Amy Zant Avatar
    Amy Zant

    There are many who will hardly, if ever, do any video applications as photographers. If you eliminate the need for ANY video ops, then the 90D should be a great camera. EVF style cameras are irritating on the eyes for many photographers. In a 100+ photo group I am in almost all enjoy looking through an optical viewfinder as opposed to a screen on the back like a camera phone….and the age range is from 20-70 years of age. 4k Crop, no crop, 1.75 crop, etc…all irrelevant to someone who shoots ZERO video. No overheating, good glass, and a lifetime of good competitive products since 1934 and 1947 had made Canon a reliable Brand. My clients never look at my work, rejoice over the quality, and say…”by the way what brand was that?” if it works and they’re happy…Im happy

  9. Craig Pifer Avatar
    Craig Pifer

    I prefer the SLR format and hope they continue making them for the foreseeable future, or at least until I can actually afford to upgrade from my 40D.

    1. BHC Avatar
      BHC

      Same boat with my 40D.

  10. HSmith Avatar
    HSmith

    Not everyone is a professional who can afford or needs the top of the line equipment. I’ve taken what I’ve been told are some outstanding photos with the 90d. I’m not out to be the greatest photographer in the world, only to do the best I can with what I can afford.

  11. Trevor Olner Avatar
    Trevor Olner

    A lot of photographers will prefer a optical through the lens viewfinder to a digital one

  12. Casey Braunger Avatar
    Casey Braunger

    90D. Not D90.

  13. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    As long as Canon keeps crippling their cameras it won’t make a difference with what cameras they bring out. You couldn’t pay me to use anything camera wise from Canon. I am Nikon all the way. The only thing Canon makes that is any good is their printers

    1. jason bourne Avatar
      jason bourne

      Boo hoo hoo.

    2. Kallipolis2015 Avatar
      Kallipolis2015

      Oh blow away with your nonsense…..just because you like the Nikon over Canon doesnt mean the Canon isnt a good camera…..I have used both including the 70D and Nikon D850 and both are great cameras….you cannot go wrong with either one….. and if you had any sense you would explain your statement about Canon crippling their cameras What are you talking about ? Video mode? I used my 70D for astrophotography and noticed that Canon has the best noiseless sensor on the market…BETTER than Nikon and noise is a huge factor when shooting 5 minute exposures No camera beats Canon in this category. As far as terrestrial photography goes, you cant go wrong with either one. Both yield incredible results.

  14. Richard Joseph Avatar
    Richard Joseph

    It must be a typo because D90 was a model of Nikon (a 12.3 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) model announced by Nikon on August 27, 2008).

    1. Enapul Avatar
      Enapul

      90D

  15. Richard Joseph Avatar
    Richard Joseph

    I prefer optical viewfinders to EVFs (even on mirrorless units – some are hybrid though).

  16. bh69 Avatar
    bh69

    I like idea of EVF but after (even short) test of Nikon Z6 I’m really afraid that usage of such mirroless camera would cause headache and nausea (probably due unsharpness with each panning movement and delay between image and reality). I’m not sure if I’m able to adapt to this … No such problems with OVF. And significantly better ergonomy (grip) on DSLR is something I miss on mirroless too.

  17. misterh1 Avatar
    misterh1

    I won’t go mirrorless until a mirrorless camera can go from asleep to ready-to-shoot in 2 tenths of a second with a half-press of the shutter button. I know boot time and wake up time has gotten better, but I can’t imagine it ever being DSLR good.

    As for 90D, I’m torn. I have a 60D currently, so it would be a pretty nice upgrade, but the 60D is still a great camera and I may just decide to spring for a full-frame to balance out my collection.

  18. David Avatar
    David

    Of course DLSR is still relevant. Canon is there to make money and there is more to be made with mid range consumer DLSRs. A 1Dxiii will be out before the Tokyo Olympics and hopefully a 5Dv after that (which is what I want!). Unit sales are down and there will be consolidation of models ie 7D series is over.
    DLSRs are still ahead for battery life, ergonomics (lens balance and for people with larger hands), OVF preference and weather sealing. Remember that we are only talking about removing a mirror here. DLSR still have live view and for Canon dual pixel focus has been very good. EVFs are getting better and do have more options. 5Dii was ground breaking for video but subsequent bodies less so… and the hype around 24p recording seems a bit over emphasised. Let’s not forget that there is a huge installed base of EF-S and EF lens out there and glass is more important than bodies with both EF-M and R adaptors. I’m the first to admit that Canon’s sensor quality hasn’t been class leading but not as bad as people would say. Really, the wide range of camera options today from all manufacturers is huge!

  19. David M Avatar
    David M

    I am interested that nobody seems to have mentioned two points of interest to me: (1) The 90D, as for the other serious Canon DSLR cameras, has buttons which provide immediate access to ISO, Drive, and so on, whereas the R requires one to fiddle with modes (like computers pre Zerox PARC); (2) there is likely a difference in dynamic range and noise due to the sensor size. And one can forget the difference in weight once one adds most lens.