Canon PowerShot S90 Review

Review posted 12/10/2009

Canon's PowerShot S90 is an ultra-compact digicam that is designed for the photo enthusiast who is looking for a pocketable camera to add to their ranks, which still offers a great deal of the exposure control they are accustomed to on their dSLR. This model is somewhat of a cross-breed between Canon's popular Digital ELPH consumer line and their prosumer "G" series of high-end cameras.

Sporting a sophisticated design and list of features, the S90 is truly a compact powerhouse. With the same "high sensitivity" 10-megapixel sensor found on the G11, along with a fast F2.0 3.8x optical zoom lens, high resolution 3.0-inch LCD display, versatile ISO range, and Canon's legendary OIS system, the S90 is likely the most well equipped ultra-compact camera on the market today for under $400.

Powershot S90 Features:

  • High sensitivity 10-megapixel CCD imager for up to 3648x2736 pixel images
  • Canon's DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 3.8x optical zoom covers 28-105mm with a maximum aperture of f/2.0 at wide anlge
  • Lens-Shift type optical image stabilization system
  • 3.0-inch "Pure Color" LCD with 461k pixels, brightness adjustment and 100% frame coverage
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system
  • RAW image capture (RAW+JPEG also available)
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, and Custom exposure modes
  • 18 Pre-programmed creative scene modes for specific shooting situations
  • Movie mode w/sound at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 (30fps), length limited to memory capacity (4GB clip size max.)
  • 0.9fps burst capture of Large/Fine images
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB and Face Detect Self-timer mode
  • Evaluative, Center-weighted or Spot metering options (fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame)
  • Stitch Assist mode for perfect panoramas
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets and two Custom settings
  • Orientation sensor that automatically detects vertical or horizontal shooting
  • Auto pop-up flash unit, is hidden inside the body when not in use.
  • Flash output compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/1600 second
  • Selectable ISO settings from 80 to 3200, in 1/3EV steps
  • Low Light mode boasts ISO speeds up to 12,800 (all photos captured in this mode are only 2.5-megapixels)
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Li-ion power source
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compatible
  • USB 2.0 high-speed connectivity for PC and Mac
  • SDHC/SD/MMC/MMC Plus compatibility
  • HDMI ouput to HDTV sets

The Canon PowerShot S90 is available now for estimated selling price of US$399.99.

The S90 camera kit includes:

  • NB-6L Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC9
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400
  • User's Manual
To see Canon's official press release for this model, please Click Here.

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