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.
|Max resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Effective pixels||10.0 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)|
|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|
|Min shutter speed||15 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/1600 sec|
|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″)|
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.