Canon PowerShot S90

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

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.

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Silver Award
75%
dpreview score
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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Other reviews
Canon PowerShot S90 review
By: Matt Golowczynski, What Digital Camera (Dec 13, 2009)

Ultimately, the appeal of this camera is that it is the smallest on the market to feature Raw capture, and a less pricey alternative to the G11 - which has an identical sensor. The expanded ISO range, fast lens and high-resolution LCD screen only add to its appeal, and though it's not perfect - and at times frustrating to use - it is capable of superb image quality. Had it been any dearer it...

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DCRP Review: Canon PowerShot S90
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Dec 11, 2009)

When Canon announced the PowerShot S90, I was pretty excited. Manual controls and a fast lens in an ultra-compact body? Yes, please! My enthusiasm waned quickly once my review unit arrived. Not because of the picture quality or feature set, but because the usability and ergonomics are so poor. It's like Canon designed the camera without thinking that people's hands would actually be touching...

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Canon PowerShot S90 review

Canon’s PowerShot S90 is a compact which will delight enthusiasts. It ticks most of the boxes demanding photographers look for in a top-end compact, including wide angle coverage, RAW file support, full manual control and a large detailed screen, along with putting some effort into decent low light performance with a sensible resolution and bright f2.0 focal ratio. The icing on the cake is...

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