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PowerShot Pro 90 IS

First Look posted 1/20/01
Full review posted 2/11/01

Introduction & Physical Views

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The Pro90 IS tops Canon's current lineup of PowerShot-series cameras for 2001. In addition to its 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, it incorporates a multitude of advanced features including 12 EOS system-based picture-taking modes; wide exposure sensitivity (equivalent to ISO 50-400); several manual settings; and movie recording and playback with audio.

Other advanced features include a highly ergonomic handgrip plus a variable-angle LCD monitor for easier handling and greater shooting flexibility; full compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards, including high-capacity IBM Microdrives; optional accessories including supplementary lenses and a hot shoe for EX-series Speedlites; and a comprehensive software bundle for Mac and PC.

Additional camera features include shutter speeds from 8 seconds to 1/1000 second; an iris diaphragm; built-in flash with five control modes; an eye-level electronic viewfinder with dioptric correction; a wireless remote controller; and a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in the camera.

The Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS also offers numerous advanced digital features including a 1/1.8-inch, 3.34 million pixel CCD (2.6 megapixels recorded); high-speed plug-and-play USB data transfer plus optional RS-232C serial interface; switchable video output format (NTSC/PAL); and a wide selection of image quality settings including JPEG and RAW as well as adjustments for contrast, sharpness and color saturation.

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

On the back is a 270-degree swiveling 1.8-inch TFT color LCD with 113,578 pixels of resolution (521 x 218) that can be used for framing, review and menu operations. When framing, approximately 97% of the captured image is shown.

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

This is the same type of swiveling color LCD that is used on the PowerShot G1. It can can tilt up or down and can be turned all the way around to face forwards...

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

or the LCD can be folded up against the back of the camera with the screen exposed or turned around the other way to protect it.

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS

The Pro90 IS and the Olympus C-2040 Zoom for comparison.

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Pro 90 IS Specifications

Image Capture Device 1/1.8-inch interline transfer CCD
Total Pixels Approx. 3.34 million (2,140 x 1,560)
Recording Pixels Approx. 2.6 million (1,856 x 1,392)
Filter Array Complementary-color mosaic filter.
Image Quality 24-bit color (image capture at 10-bits per channel)
Zoom Lens 10x 7-70mm (37-370mm in 35mm film equivalent)
Canon shift-type Image Stabilizer (IS)
all-glass 13 elements in 10 groups
Digital tele-converter 2X / 4X (Maximum of 40x digital zoom is available when combined with optical zoom)
Maximum Aperture 2.8 (Wide-angle) to 3.5 (Telephoto)
Focusing Range (from lens surface) Wide-angle: 10 cm (3.9 in.) to infinity
Telephoto: 1m (39 in.) to infinity
Viewfinder Color LCD viewfinder
0.44 inch, 180k pixels
100% Coverage
LCD Monitor Low-temp polycrystalline silicon TFT
46mm diagonal (1.8 inch)
113,578 pixels (521 x 218)
100% Coverage
Focusing System TTL AF (Continuous)/ Manual
Focus lock and Manual focus are available
1 focusing point
Exposure Metering Center-weighted averaging / Spot
Exposure Modes Program AE
Shutter speed-priority AE
Aperture-priority AE
Exposure Compensation 2.0 in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance TTL auto / preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Flash) or Custom
Shutter type Mechanical and electronic
Aperture Range Wide-angle : F2.8-F8.0
Telephoto : F3.5-F8.0
Shutter Speeds 8 to 1/1000 sec.
Release time lag 0.17 sec.
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction auto, Red-eye reduction ON, ON or OFF
Flash Range 0.7 to 4.2 m (Wide-angle)
1 to 3.4 m (Telephoto)
Recycling time 10 sec. or shorter (full flash, battery voltage = 7.4 V)
Flash exposure compensation 2.0 EV (at every 1/3-stop)
Flash contacts Sync terminal at accessory shoe
Compatibility Canon SPEEDLITE 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX
Flash exposure compensation 2.0EV (in 1/3-stop increments)
Shooting modes Auto, Creative zone (Manual / Shutter speed-priority / Aperture-priority / Program), Image zone (Pan-focus / Portrait / Landscape / Night Scene / Black & White / Stitch Assist / Movie)
Continuous shooting 0.7 images/sec. (at Large / Fine)
Movie Approx. 15 images/sec., max of 30 sec. (per clip)
Self-timer Operates with approx. 10 sec. countdown
Wireless control Shooting and playback are available (Wireless controller is included) When shooting, image is captured 2 seconds after shutter release operation
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200 and 400
(Auto adjusts sensitivity from ISO 50 to 100)
Shooting interval 2.5 sec.
JPEG compression modes Super Fine, Fine and Normal / CCD RAW
Number of Recording Pixel Large : 1,856 x 1,392
Middle : 1,024 x 768
Small : 640 x 480
Movie: 320 x 240
File Format Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) (main image and thumbnail : JPEG), DPOF ver. 1.0
Image recording format JPEG or RAW (still image)
AVI (Motion JPEG : image, WAVE : audio (monaural)) (movie)
Storage media CompactFlash Type I, II
Tone reproduction RAW : 10 bits (linear) JPEG : Y-signal 8 bits, C-signal 8 bits (Cr/Cb)
Operating temperature 0 - 40C (32 - 104F)
Operating humidity 10 - 90%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 126.5 x 83.9 x 139.1 mm
(4.98in. x 3.3in x 5.48in.)
Weight Approx. 680 g (23.9oz) (excluding batteries and CF card)

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