Canon PowerShot S90

Announced Aug 19, 2009 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 105 mm (3.8×)
finefoto
 
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Great to carry every day. Just like carrying my old Leica M2, can control most everything manually from the exterior of the camera with the lens dial or simple buttons on the rear of the body. I have a magnifier hood on the rear that completely covers the screen, so it is a bit like shooting with a slr. Problems: battery life sucks. even if indicates it is full, after lots of shooting, with a bit less power, some things lag or just don't seem to be able to be set. Just carry lots of freshly ...

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The best digital compact camera I've had, so far. Excellent in low light - rarely ever I use flash. Very intuitive/easy to use camera - press "on" -> wait 2 sec. -> point&shoot. Excellent image quality, in general. Fast operating even when shoting RAW images ! Very good battery life. Pocketable size. Very smart AF (with Face Detection) and AE. Problems: After 1 month a piece of dust felt inside and was visible on pictures as a blurred black dot. After 2 more months it dissapeared :)

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Excellent for compact at low ISO. I 've been using it for 5 months (i bought one second hand for 200€). I also have a Canon 500D 18-200IS. I ve ended up using more the S90 as I can always carry it with me. It is a good camera compared to all compacts. SLRs of course are better but allot bigger as well Image quality: * Very good with noise especially with low ISO (80-100), where results are acceptable with virtually no noise. Due to bright lens (f:2 at 28) iso can be kept low even in low light ...

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Patriat
 
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Good. BUT NOT PERFECT !...................................... Very good camera. Really nice results especially in dark. Perfect that Canon add special mode (high ISO at 1/4 resolution) for these purposes which is available on selection rotary wheel. I am sure you will use this feature very often. Okay there is some loose of details but picture at all looks nice. Precise construction with excellent display. What is funny is that pictures looks much better on it's display than on PC monitors. ...

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oinky
 
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Fast, nice low light, auto mode works great, manual mode works even better. Love the Nostalgia & color swap scene modes. Also it allows you to take 3 pics one after another in the timer mode so you won't miss the details. Control rings are awesome! Macro shots are great! This is one of the best point and shoot around. Problems: No HD video, but I love the SD video, takes up less space! I wish it has a in-camera panoramic stitch function like Kodaks. Only thing better is Canon can shrink a ...

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Lbr0805
 
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I love this camera. I only use a compact camera and I carry mine with me all the time. I get much better photographs with this camera than with other compacts I have used. The prices was a bit steep, but the photos are worth it. I hope that the number of cameras available in this class increases as seems to be the case. Problems: The problems and weaknesses are the same one's noted in DPreview's in-depth review of the camera.

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johnpat
 
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I've had three compact cameras before the S90 and this is the only one that I've really been delighted with. Image quality is vibrant and sharp and, compared to the G9, images look a lot more natural. I also have a Nikon D90 which performs better than the S90, of course, but its advantages are offset by its bulk and weight so I will only use the D90 when I'm out on a photo- shoot. Hard to see how Canon can improve on this model significantly. Problems: I have not really noticed the grip ...

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Marla2008
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AWESOME compact camera. I'm a DSLR user and I get awfully frustrated whenever I use a compact cam. I had a Fuji F30 whose limitations I could live with since its IQ was not bad. I lost it and needed another compact since I can't take my D90 everywhere. I tried a F70EXR and was very disappointed with it. So I searched all available reviews and decided that I had to pay the price for a high quality device I'd be satisfied with. I found a 2 month old, like new S90 for a good price and grabbed it. ...

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sh10453
 
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Editors: What about MACRO and focusing range? Did I miss it, or the editors did not say anything about Macro in their full review? Even in the list of the camera's various modes, I did not see anything about Macro (or focusing range). Can one of the owners please help our editors with this information? I shoot 90% Macro and close up. Thanks.

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My motivation for purchasing this camera was to transition as an "enthusiast" out of a P&S pocket camera (Canon SD1000) to something with a bit more sophistication. The features I wanted were compact & lightweight format, nice bright lens (f2.5 or better at the wide focal lengths), RAW capability, lots of manual control, and a versatile (but not ridiculous) zoom range--something like 30 to 80 equivalent. My decision basically came down to the Lumix LX3 or the Canon S90, with the G11 as an ...

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