Sony a99 II vs Canon EOS 90D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a99 II and Canon EOS 90D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony a99 II is manufacturered by Sony but Canon EOS 90D is from Canon. Both Sony and Canon are well known brands though.

Sony a99 II were released 2016 and Canon EOS 90D was released 2019. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a99 II 2016
Canon EOS 90D 2019

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a99 II has a "Sony Full Frame"-sensor while Canon EOS 90D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a99 II 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 90D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Sony a99 II has a 42 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 90D has 33 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a99 II 42 MP
42177408 pixels
7952 x 5304
Canon EOS 90D 33 MP
32294400 pixels
6960 x 4640

Sony a99 II has a 31 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 90D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a99 II 100-25600
Canon EOS 90D 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a99 II
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 90D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a99 II can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 90D can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a99 II 12
Canon EOS 90D 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Sony a99 II and Canon EOS 90D can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Sony a99 II weighs 849 gr (equal to 1.87 lb) which is 21% heavier than Canon EOS 90D and its 701 gr (or 1.55 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a99 II 849 gr
1.87 lb
Canon EOS 90D 701 gr
1.55 lb

Sony a99 II vs Canon EOS 90D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a99 II and Canon EOS 90D, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Name Sony a99 II Canon EOS 90D
Manufacturer Sony Canon
Release Date and Price
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Release Year 2016 2019
Release Date 2016-09-19 2019-08-28
MSRP 3199 USD 1199 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Camera Type SLT DSLR
Sensor
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Resolution 7952 x 5304 pixels 6960 x 4640 pixels
Megapixels 42 MP 33 MP
Image Processor Bionz X DIGIC 8
Image
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 10 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift (5-axis for stills and video))
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 399 45
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Articulated LCD Tilting Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1228800 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type WhiteMagic TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x 0.95 (0.59 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Frames per second 12 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
XAVC-S
AVCHD
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11/b/g/n with NFC)
Yes
Built-In 802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth
Remote Control Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone) Yes (Wired , wireless or smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony a99 II
Canon EOS 90D
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery & charger
LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 490 shots 1300 shots
Width 143 mm 141 mm
Height 104 mm 105 mm
Depth 76 mm 77 mm
Weight 849 gram 701 gram