Now that Canon’s 90D has been released, I wanted to see how it stacks up versus the earlier 80D DSLR. At first glance, the two cameras look similar; the biggest physical difference is that the 90D adds a joystick to control autofocus. But beneath the hood, these are very different DSLRs.
What exactly did Canon change, and is it worth paying the extra money for the 90D ($1200 vs $1000)? The information below explains the key points you need to know.
|Camera Feature||Canon 80D||Canon 90D|
|Sensor Resolution||24.2 megapixels||32.5 megapixels|
|Sensor Size||22.5 × 15mm||22.3 × 14.8 mm|
|Sensor Pixel Size||3.7µ||3.2µ|
|Low Pass Filter||Yes||Yes|
|Low Pass Filter Dust Reduction||Yes||Yes|
|Image Size||6000 × 4000 pixels||6960 × 4640 pixels|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 6||DIGIC 8|
|Built-in Flash||Yes, with flash commander mode||Yes, with flash commander mode|
|Storage Media||1× SD, UHS I Compatible||1× SD, UHS II Compatible|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 FPS||10 FPS (11 FPS with focus locked)|
|Buffer Size (RAW)||25||24 (UHS I card); 25 (UHS II card)|
|Shutter Speed Range||1/8000 to 30 sec||1/16,000 to 30 sec (electronic); 1/8000 to 30 sec (mechanical)|
|Shutter Durability||100,000 cycles||200,000 cycles|
|Exposure Metering Sensor||63-zone, 7560-pixel RGB+IR||216-zone, 220,000-pixel RGB+IR|
|Base ISO||ISO 100||ISO 100|
|Native ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100-6400||ISO 100-25,600|
|Boosted ISO Sensitivity||Up to ISO 25,600||Up to ISO 51,200|
|Focus Points||45-point, all cross-type||45-point, all cross-type|
|On Sensor Phase Detection||Yes||Yes|
|Live View Eye AF||No||Yes|
|Video Maximum Resolution||1920 × 1080 up to 60 fps||4K at 30 fps; 1920 × 1080 up to 120 fps|
|LCD Size||3″ diagonal LCD||3″ diagonal LCD|
|LCD Resolution||1,040,000 dots||1,040,000 dots|
|Built-in Wi-Fi / NFC||Yes||Yes|
|Battery||LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery||LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Battery Life (23°C, 50% with flash)||960 shots (CIPA)||1300 shots (CIPA)|
|Weather Sealed Body||Yes||Yes|
|USB Version||2.0 Micro-B||2.0 Micro-B|
|Weight (Body Only, Includes Battery and Card)||730 g (25.8 oz)||701 g (24.7 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 × 105.2 × 78.5 mm (5.5 × 4.1 × 3.1 in)||140.7 × 104.8 × 76.8 mm (5.5 × 4.1 × 3.0 in)|
|Announced||February 2016||August 2019|
|Current Price (Body Only)||$999||$1199|
As you can see, there are a huge number of differences between the 80D and 90D – not really surprising, given a difference of more than three years between their announcements.
The headline features on the 90D are its brand new 32.5-megapixel sensor, 4K video (at full sensor width), and 10 FPS shooting (11 FPS with focus locked). These alone are well worth the extra $200 over the 80D, in my opinion.
But beyond the most obvious feature differences, plenty of little things make the 90D a better DSLR than the 80D. Its shutter is twice as durable, rated to 200,000 shots rather than 100,000. It improves battery life by over 300 shots – 960 vs 1300. It even adds a fully electronic shutter, the first we’ve ever seen on a DSLR.
In short, the 90D is a vastly improved camera compared to the already-great 80D.
Camera Body Comparison
The photo at the top of this article demonstrates just how similar the Canon 80D and 90D look from the front. The differences on the back are a bit clearer, although these are still extremely similar cameras. All images are to scale:
The biggest change is the addition of a joystick on the 90D. This is a very welcome sight and an easy way to adjust autofocus points. Because of the new joystick, a couple other buttons got shuffled around slightly; the “Q” button is now a bit lower, while the review button has moved to the bottom of the 90D next to the “Delete” button. Other than that, the cameras have the same layout.
And from the top:
In this case, the two cameras have exactly the same control layout. Clearly, existing 80D users will find the 90D very familiar to use overall.
However, note that Canon did shave off some weight on the 90D – 619 vs 730 grams (body only), which is certainly welcome.
Who Should Get the 80D or 90D?
At the moment, the Canon 80D costs $1000 new versus $1200 for the 90D. At that price, the 90D is a no-brainer for most photographers. The 90D’s newer sensor, joystick, faster frame rate, and 4K video are certainly worth the difference in cost.
However, note that the 80D is currently selling for very good prices on the used market because it has been available for so long. You can easily find it for $650 (body only) on sites like FredMiranda and eBay. It will be a long time before the 90D goes down that much on the used market.
So – if you’re on a budget, and you don’t mind buying used, the 80D remains an excellent purchase today. We gave it excellent ratings in our review, and that hasn’t changed just because there’s a newer version.
But if you want one of Canon’s best aps-c cameras, and $1200 is in your budget, go for the 90D. Its features are pretty incredible for an aps-c DSLR, or, frankly, for any DSLR. The 90D is certainly a worthy upgrade and a great addition to Canon’s camera lineup.
Last year I purchased the 80d new, about 3 months before they replaced it with the 90d. With some sensor and video (which I never use), it looks like a good move. I had to remember though that it’s a minor upgrade to an already outstanding camera. I,m going to stick with what I have until the next upgrade comes out. I’m totally satisfied with the 80d.
i like 90d is good camera
You’re lucky the Camara feels ok but I will take a 2000 loss because the camera is crap and so is Canon customer service.
It seems that Stephen likes to jump on any comment here just so he can lament about the customer service by Canon. While I cannot comment about Canon’s repair facilities in the U.S.A., Canon Canada has a great reputation for performing quality repairs of their equipment. While the process for getting repairs done by Canon Canada is somewhat convoluted, once the customer verifies the repairs required & at what cost, the actual work only takes a few days for minor repairs & maintenance servicing. Repairs to high end consumer lenses & the pro “L” series lenses are expensive, but the cost to replace them is much higher & you don’t end up with a $2500+ door stop for the office.
curious to know where you got your info from about the shutter durability? I haven’t really seen a hard spec from Canon, but they have an article about the 90D on their site that says 120,000, not 200,000.
Because they are liers and I have proof.
Kevin, the shutter activation limits has been adjusted to reflect real world conditions, whereas, at the release of a new product, some specifications are hypothetical. While Canon can say with confidence that the shutter will work past a certain limit in quality assured testing in a sterile testing laboratory, real world conditions may change some parameters quoted at the time the product was released.
I checked with a Canon Canada & the new upper limit is indeed 200 000. Then again, I have over 346 700 shutter activation’s on my 60Da & it’s still going strong after an overhaul was done 6 years after the purchase date. It cost under $400 & it replaced all the wearable parts, bearings & brass gears to double the expected lifetime of this camera. With the 60Da now destined to be used strictly for infra red spectrum imaging, I’m sending it off to have the filters removed & the firmware modified to take only full spectrum infrared images. I figure the camera will last another 5+ years. My point being; It’s only a guess, real world conditions will change certain limitations to best reflect reality rather than depending on a hypothetical limit made in a sterile environment.
I also saw that too, and I found one other review that mentioned 200 thousand….so who knows?
I picked up a refurbished 80D kit w/ 2 basic lens direct from Canon for $695 in July ’19. I knew the 90D was coming out and with the 80D model being 3 years old (plus the stiff competition) I figured the 90D would be a significant upgrade. The 90D came out and I look at it with a bit of lust and jealousy in my heart. But when I figured the price dif (I sold the kit lens so the 80D actually cost a bit under $400) I couldn’t justify buying the latest model. And just so you know, the 80D takes spectacular photos. I still look at the 90, and the M6 mkii, with desire but I’m very happy with the photos the 80D produces. So I basically agree with the author. If you have the $$ to burn, the new models are great. Although I’m not sure I’d spend $1200 on a new 90D body. As good as the 90D looks, I’d probably either try (rent) or buy the M6 mkii for 1/3 less or put the $1200 towards a full frame.
The big handicap of the 90d is that when it comes to video it uses the IPB codec, IT DOESN’T USE ALLI! The 80d does use Alli. Canons crippling hammer strikes again! Canons never give you the full Monty. They give you great ergonomics but lousy codec(compression). It really sucks the way they take one step forward and three steps back, like the way they removed 24p as well as only giving you the lousy IPB codec. They’ve got a lousy business model
24p now available in 4K and HD via firmware update from Canon :-)
Do not buy anything new canon. No customer service. My Nikon B700 takes better pictures. I was told by Canon to take pictures in manual because the camera takes control so really all other modes don’t work properly. What are the there for in total 6000 down the toilet. And that’s the world we live in. Ruined my love of photography.
You’re bullshitting a lot.
How much difference will 32mp make over 20 or 24 on an aps-c sensor?
Say I’m taking landscapes at 100 iso on a tripod.
Or birds with a 300/f4 + 1.4TC and cropping heavily.
I can take better pictures with my Nikon B700 which I really know less about than the 90D. Stay away from Ll canon crap. Go by a 10 dollar film camera from Walmart.
You really are a special kind of stupid aren’t you.