Should you buy the Canon EOS 90D?

The Canon EOS 90D is right around the corner and we have some rumored specs to look over, but is it still worth getting if it's not a mirrorless camera?

Canon EOS 90D

As a previous Canon EOS 80D owner I am eagerly awaiting the Canon EOS 90D to possibly compliment my Canon EOS 1DX Mark ii. The Canon EOS 80D was announced in February 2016, and previously the Canon EOS 70D was announced in 2013. So we are now overdue a replacement.

Canon users in the mid pro DSLR market have been eagerly awaiting replacements for both the Canon EOS 80D and the Canon EOS 7D Mark ii. It’s believed the latter will not be replaced and instead we will get the Canon EOS 90D which will take the place of the mid pro dslr market segment.

Canon Rumors are now getting a bit more solid info on the upcoming camera, albeit not concrete information, we can glean much to shape our expectations.

Is it Mirrorless?

This is still a possibility albeit very unlikely. An APS-C Mirrorless camera would be a great step for Canon. But we already have the Canon EOS M5 which is APS-C, although this only uses the EF-M mount.

There is also the possibility that the Canon EOS 90D would be a mirrorless EF mount camera. But as I said, this is highly unlikely.

Rumored Canon EOS 90D Specs

Canon Rumors have not been able to confirm and lock down the specifications for the Canon EOS 90D. But we do have some rumored specs and can make some educated guesses.

  1. Mirrorless APS-C
  2. 31.2MP APS-C Sensor
  3. Uncropped 4K recording
  4. Full coverage of sensor for AF
  5. 10FPS
  6. EyeAF in 4K and Full HD video
  7. LP-6N battery (used in 5D camera lineup)
  8. Video to HDMI

Specs we have not seen mentioned but hope to see included are:

  1. Vari angle tilt screen
  2. Focus peaking
  3. 2x SD card slots
  4. USB-C
  5. Fully functioning touch screen

Release Date

Canon Rumors are expecting an announcement to come in August 2019, around the 28th, with the camera shipping a month later.

End of the EF Mount

In 2018 Canon joined the mirrorless market with the Canon EOS R and the announcement of the superior RF mount.

Canon have subsequently released the Canon EOS RP and devoted 2019 to the development of the RF mount, announcing six lenses this year to add to the five lenses from the RF mount launch.

The general consensus is that mirrorless will eventually replace DSLRs.

While Canon have stated they will continue to develop the EF lineup and DLSR cameras, the future is inevitably with the RF mount, as it was with the EF mount when it replaced the FD mount for Canons SLR cameras.

So the fact that Canon may be releasing a mid pro DSLR with the EF mount, shows Canon are still invested in the EF mount and DSLR market and recognise the need to accommodate users who are not ready to move to mirrorless.

Should you get the Canon EOS 90D?

If you are already invested in the EF mount, the Canon EOS 90D would a great addition to your camera gear.

If you are not invested in any camera system, have either no EF glass or not a huge investment with maybe one or two lenses, then I would strongly advise caution here.

The Canon EOS 90D will likely be the last mid pro DSLR. And I would hesitate to invest in a mount, that while more than capable of producing stellar work and will continue to do so for years to come, will eventually be deemed obsolete.

But though I use the word obsolete, which may be too strong, what I can safely say is that, as it is today with many older cameras, the Canon EOS 90D will continue to be used by professionals for work, years and years after even after the newer EOS R equivalent upgrades have come out.


Check out my YouTube channel to see the Canon EOS 80D in action! And if this article was of value to you, you might be interested in my comparison article for the Canon EOS RP vs the Sony A7 Mark III, which are real alternatives to the Canon EOS 90D.

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