Canon PowerShot S90

Announced Aug 19, 2009 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 105 mm (3.8×)
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Product description
Announced Aug 19, 2009

The S90 may not look much like the S80, S70 and all its earlier predecessors, but it has been conceived in much the same spirit; a smaller, more stylish alternative to the G series, offering key enthusiast features (such as raw capture and manual controls) in a compact body. And for the most part the S90 delivers on its promise; the image quality is surprisingly good, the user interface well thought out and the design truly pocket-friendly. The handling takes some getting used to, which I guess is inevitable given how much Canon has tried to cram into a camera the size of an Ixus/Elph. The tiny body might not make for particularly good handling, but it's small enough to carry anywhere and the image quality it produces rarely disappoints.

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Review, Apr 8, 2010
Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 3648 x 2736
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 28–105 mm
Optical zoom 3.8×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 461,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/1600 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 195 g (0.43 lb / 6.88 oz)
Dimensions 100 x 58 x 31 mm (3.94 x 2.28 x 1.22)

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Our review

The S90 offers an appealing combination of compact styling, photographic functionality and powerful control. Crucially it also offers some of the best image quality we've seen in such a small camera for a long time, sensor limitations aside. It's got a great lens and great features and is only let down slightly by the inevitable handling issues that come with such a small camera.

Good for: Lanscapes, interiors and anyone wanting a 'walkaround' compact with excellent image quality

Not so good for: Fast moving subjects or low-light social photography. Movies.

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