Canon EOS 90D Vs Canon EOS 80D Comparison

We look at the differences between the new Canon EOS 90D and the camera it replaces, the Canon EOS 80D.

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Canon Eos 80d Vs Canon Eos 90d Front
Canon EOS 80D Vs Canon EOS 90D Front
 

The Canon EOS 90D from the outside looks almost identical to the Canon EOS 80D, but it's the internal components and specifications that offer the biggest upgrades, with the new 90D featuring an all-new 32.5 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with improved continuous shooting speeds, and 4K video recording.

The EOS 90D and EOS M6 II, with 32.5mp APS-C CMOS sensors are the highest resolution APS-C sensor cameras, since the 28mp Samsung NX1 / NX500.



 

Canon EOS 90D compared to the Canon EOS 80D, at a glance.

  Canon EOS 90D Canon EOS 80D
  32.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor 24.2mp APS-C CMOS sensor
  DIGIC 8 image processor
- with digital lens optimizer, diffraction correction
DIGIC 6 image processor
  100% coverage viewfinder, 0.95x magnification 100% coverage, 0.95x magnification
  3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 1040K dots 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 1040K dots
  Eye-detection AF (during live-view) -
  10fps continuous shooting / 11fps live-view 7fps continuous shooting
  ISO100 to ISO51200 (extended) ISO100 to 25600 (extended)
  45 all-cross type AF points
- with spot AF support
- and focus bracketing
45 all-cross type AF points
  220,000 pixel RGB+IR metering, 216-zone 7,560 pixel RGB+IR metering, 63-zone
  4K video 30/25fps
- 4K time-lapse
-
  FullHD video, 120/100fps FullHD video, 60fps
  Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, NFC
  1300 shot battery life 960 shot battery life
  701g (inc battery and memory card) 730g (inc battery and memory card)

 

There are a number of improvements, as already mentioned, there's a new 32.5 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which gives the camera a higher resolution, and suprisingly, despite the sensor having more pixels, the camera also offers a wider ISO range. The sensor is not a BSI CMOS sensor, so it will be interesting to see how the noise is controlled as the ISO speed increases. The metering sensor has been updated, and now features a 220,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, compared to the 7,560 pixels on the EOS 80D. 

The camera can also shoot at 11/10fps depending on whether you're using live-view or the optical viewfinder to shoot, and the camera can now shoot with an electronic shutter at speeds up to 1/16000s. 4K video has been added, as well as high-speed FullHD video recording, with the 90D offering FullHD video at speeds up to 120fps. 

The screen has been moved but hasn't increased in size of resolution, unfortunately, which is a shame, as other cameras offer 3.2inch screens, including the Canon EOS M5 (and that's quite a small camera), they also often offer a higher resolution, and 3inches is beginning to feel dated in comparison. The EOS 90D also now supports UHS-II SD cards, and is backwards compatible with standard SD cards. For anyone thinking of upgrading, the cameras both use the same battery, the LP-E6N, and the new EOS 90D can use the same battery grip as the 80D, the BG-E14.

 

On to the visual tour, on the rear is where you'll spot more differences.

Canon Eos 80d Vs Canon Eos 90d Rear
Canon EOS 80D Vs Canon EOS 90D Rear

Note the new joystick / joypad, plus a slight change to the layout, with the screen position changed slightly to allow for a large area for pulling the screen out. The dial around the 4-way controls pad and SET button has been updated, and the lock button has moved to allow for the new position for the playback button. However, the majority of buttons are controls have the same layout, and for anyone upgrading they should quickly and easily find their way around the camera. 

 

Canon Eos 80d Vs Canon Eos 90d Top
Canon EOS 80D Vs Canon EOS 90D Top

Could they be any more similar? Spot the difference, the top view makes this quite tricky, although the design looks to be smarter, neater, and slightly more premium, with an improved command dial, and an updated mode dial. 

 

Canon Eos 80d Vs Canon Eos 90d Side View
Canon EOS 80D Vs Canon EOS 90D Side View

Another spot the difference competition, you'll note the flash button has moved, and the NFC logo is no longer featured, as the 90D doesn't have NFC built-in. The side sockets have moved slightly. More detailed specifications can be found below, showing the differences between the two models.

What do you think of the new Canon EOS 90D, will you be upgrading? 

Read our full Canon EOS 80D review.

 

Comparison Table

Canon EOS 90DCanon EOS 80D
ManufacturerCanonCanon
Lens
Effective Magnification1.6x1.6x
Image Sensor
Pixels32.5Mp (Megapixels)24.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)69606000
Pixels (H)46404000
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)22.3mm22.3mm
Sensor Size (height)14.9mm14.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution1040k dots1040k dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Spot
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Eye Detection
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Spot
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 51200100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting11fps7fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS4K 30/24p, FullHD, 120, 100, 60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps
Stereo SoundNo DataNo Data
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied), built in for date & settingsRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied), built in for date & settings
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1300shots960shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
Dimensions
Weight701g730g
Width140.7mm139mm
Height104.8mm105.2mm
Depth76.8mm78.5mm
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Comments


5 Sep 2019 9:20PM
Nah, I'm fine thanks with the 80D, any upgrade will be to a mirrorless something or other in a few years time.
Nice try Canon but just not enough to justify over 1000 body only cost.

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10 Sep 2019 9:50PM
I own a 60d and the 90d is what I was waiting for. However I want to be reassured the noise level is as low as the 80d or better. So, looking forward to reading the first in depth tests of the 90d

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