Sony DSC-S90 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90


Review posted 9/27/2005

Introduction & Physical Views


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Sony's new Stamina series of Cyber-shot digital cameras set a new standard for speed, battery life and picture quality in compact cameras. The DSC-S90 is an easy-to-use, four-megapixel camera that's packed with features like Sony's Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry for better battery efficiency, more responsiveness and high quality movie taking. The Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom lens complements the high resolution imager for great picture clarity, while 32 MB of internal memory and a Memory Stick media slot provide plenty of storage capacity.

The 2.5" color LCD Monitor makes framing shots and reviewing pictures easy. So that pictures are captured in-focus with the proper lighting and exposure, the S90 has a smart auto-focusing and exposure system; meaning that even if the subject is off-center and in a difficult lighting situation, the camera can automatically make the necessary adjustments. The S90 lets you take approximately 150 shots while using two "AA" type batteries and around 590 shots while using a NIMH rechargeable battery.

Easy shooting with fully Automatic, Program AE and 7 Scene Modes, parameters can be matched to the shooting conditions. Choose from one of the following: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, and Candle. Or choose Manual mode when you really want to get creative. Burst mode lets you capture up to 4 shots at full 4MP resolution at 0.7frames/sec. Perfect for high speed subjects or fast moving action such as sports or small children. And MPEG Movie VX Mode with audio captures VGA (640 x 480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media.

With the optional Cyber-Shot Station dock (CSS-SA), transferring images and recharging the battery of the DSC-S90 is practically effortless. By placing a camera in the cradle, you can switch between a TV, PC or camera for easy viewing on the display of your choice, in addition to the ability to print to any PictureBridge photo printer. The Cyber-shot Station dock comes supplied with an AC adapter and NP-NH25 NiMH rechargeable battery and will be available for about $80.

Other optional accessories include a 0.7X Wide Conversion Lens, 1.7X Telephoto Conversion Lens, 2.6X Super Telephoto Lens (all require the VAD-PEB lens adapter), Cyber-shot HVL-FSL1B Slave Flash, and the water-resistant SPK-SA Sport Jacket.


Sony S90 Features:

  • 4.1-megapixel Sony Super HAD CCD imager
  • Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom (39-117mm 35mm equiv)
  • 5-Area Multi-Point AF system with AF-assist illuminator
  • Large 2.5-inch color LCD with 115,000 pixels
  • 4 Shot Burst mode (4MP/Fine) for fast action or children
  • MPEG VX 640x480 movies w/sound at 30fps, length limited only by memory
  • Auto, Program, Manual and 7 Scene exposure modes
  • Multi-pattern metering with Spot option
  • Slow shutter Noise Reduction for cleaner long exposures
  • Playback options: Single, 9-image thumbnail, Slideshow, 5x magnification
  • Built-in Speedlight with Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity and A-V output
  • USB Direct-Print PictBridge compatibility
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • 32MB of internal memory plus MemoryStick Pro card slot
  • Optional Cyber-shot Station and rechargeable batteries, weatherproof housing, Wide and Tele lenses and Slave Flash




Physical Views

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90

The Sony S90 compared to a standard CD disc.




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90

The Cyber-shot S40 and the Cyber-shot S60.




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DSC-S90 Specifications

CCD Imager 1/2.7" Sony Super HAD
4.1 Megapixel Effective
Image Resolutions Still (JPEG Fine/Std or TIFF):
2304 x 1728
2304 (3:2)
2048 x 1536
1280 x 960
640 x 480

Movie:
VX Fine (640 x 480, 30fps)
VX Standard (640 x 480, 16.6fps)
Video Mail (160 x 120, 8.3fps)

Lens Carl Zeiss 3x Zoom, 6 to 18mm (39 to 117mm equivalent), F2.8 - F5.6
5 Elements in 7 Groups with 2 Aspheric Elements
Filter Thread: 30mm with VAD-PEB adapter ring
Digital Zoom 0-2.0x "Precision Zoom"
Focusing System 5 Area Multi-point AF, Center AF, 5-step Manual
Focusing Ranges Standard AF: 19.7" (50cm) to Infinity

A/F Macro: 3-7/8"(10cm) to Infinity

Auto Focus Assist Illumination AF assist up to 3.2m
Aperture Control Automatic: F2.8 - F5.6 (W), F5.2 - F10 (T)
Shutter Control Automatic: 1/8 seconds to 1/1000 second
Program AE: 2 sec to 1/1000
Manual: 30 sec to 1/1000
Exposure Metering Multi-Pattern or Spot
White Balance System Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Exposure Control Full AUTO
Program AE
Full Manual
Scene Mode (Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Candle)
ISO Auto (64-200) or fixed 80, 100, 200, 400
Recording Mode(s) Still image: JPEG, Email (adds 320x240)

4 Shot Burst
16 frame Multi Burst
MPEG Movie Modes: MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps), (MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO™ media) MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16fps), Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8fps) with Audio

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Date/time; Trimming
Noise Reduction Auto at 1/25 second or longer shutter speeds
Clear Color / Clear Luminance NR
Image Effects Sepia
Black & White
Viewfinder Optical real image zoomed
LCD 2.5" TFT LCD (115,000 pixels) for viewing or reviewing
Flash Built-in Flash
Flash Modes Auto Flash
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Synchro
Fill-in (forced on)
Flash Off
Flash Working Range When ISO is set to Auto: ~1.6 - 12.5 ft (0.5 - 3.8m)
Flash output power is adjustable (-, 0, +)
Storage Media 32MB of internal memory (~30MB available)
Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro card slot
Selftimer 10-second delay
Outer Connectors USB (Auto-Connect) v2.0, Audio-Video
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Microsoft®Windows®98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP Home/XP Pro; Macintosh®OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.0 - 10.3)
Supplied Software Picture Package™ for Sony v1.6 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
Image Playback Index display 9 or 16 frames, up to 5X enlargement, Slide-show
Operating Environment Operation: 32° F - 104°F (0°C - 40°C)
Storage: -4° F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
Power Supply Two AA type NiMH, Alkaline or lithium batteries

Battery life: 110 shots with the supplied alkaline batteries and up to 550 shots with optional NiHM rechargeable batteries

Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Size 4 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 1 5/8"
(96.6 x 64.4 x 40.1mm)
Weight 8 oz. / 253g (with batteries, Memory Stick)
Supplied Accessories Two NiMH AA batteries, AC charger, AV-USB cable, wrist strap and software CD-ROM
NOTE: These specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.


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