Canon PowerShot S90

Announced Aug 19, 2009 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 105 mm (3.8×)
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Own the S90 for a month now and saw a lot of option. Most users are not comfortable with the flash which pops up where the left hand in on the camera. Need to play with the camera a lot before knowing all the options. The shift mode option is not logical to most western users. Somehow East doesn't meet West by logical ergonomics use. Feel disappointed and badly informed regarding the f:2.0 aperture and the outer ring around the lens didn't satisfied my expectancy and left me with envying for ...

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mellowpaul
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Unfortunately, as much as tried to like this camera, it falls short in two major areas. One is the image quality. If you look at the SLRs (like the T1i) you realize how important good lenses are. The S90, like the other Canon P&S's have substandard lenses and consequently the image quality comes out as substandard. I also have the Panny FZ35, which has a Leica lens, and the difference is day and night. The other area where I have a problem with the S90 is in the short focal length, so ...

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rjajr
 
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Has met or exceeded all my expectations. Very versatile. RAW works great with Lightroom 2.6. The Nostalgic Mode is great fun. Problems: Top panel around flash is a little loose, but it's not going anywhere.

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arrenier
 
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I've had the S90 for 2 weeks. I needed something less conspicuous than my SLRs. So far it feels like a "mini Leica" and the image quality is close to my DSLRs (Pentax K-7, *ist DS. I can't say enough about it. I've had two Canon P&S cameras in the past both A series. My wife uses the A510, it's OK but not nearly the control I have with the S90. I shoot in manual mostly or Aperture Priority. Problems: None yet, feels like it's built like a tank

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wksoh
 
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I bought it to compare against the G10. S90 has brighter colors than G10 with night photography as well as flashless. Think it's the sensitive sensor. Somehow, focus on faces and eyes are sharper than G10 for portrait. Very good low light performance with faster shutter speed. Excellent size - smaller than LX3 - finally. Flash with SL mode a nice option (like Sony) Problems: Macro has much less detail than G10. Control ring too sensitive (Auto mode will avoid this) Spare Battery recommended.

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bartbeer
 
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following Ken Rockwell's positive review, bought this camera. It is certainly much better than any compact used so far and gives same quality pictures as the G11 of a friend. we did a side by side comparison. I'd choose the S90 any day since it fits into my pocket. The Nikon DSLR stays home during trips. Problems: None so far

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peterh337
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I've had the S90 for a few months. Compared to any 'compact' camera we have had (mostly Sony/Casio models) the image quality is truly spectacular and in most good outdoor-light scenarios will be so close to a DSLR (I have a Pentax K200D) that most people won't see any difference when viewed at full size. Its RAW mode delivers better images as one would expect (RAW images are about 10MB while the Jpegs are 1-2MB so the camera does do a lot of compression). It appears very well made. I am using ...

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Now is the best compact digital camera on the market. It costs too much. Problems: I bought it twice, the first time with dead pixels. Replaced. The last one has LCD problems.

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Tom Elst
 
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I make a living of photography, and wanted pockedsized camera. The S90 seemed ideal and didn't 'disappoint at all. I had been using ricohGX100 for some time, which is perfect if you stay at iso100. My S90 gives jpg's that are usable untill iso 800. I didn't even bother trying RAW , and don't think I will in the future . We've had a lot of snow lately, and I found out that scenemode 'snow' is really good. Didn't think I would ever use a scene mode! Anyway a perfect pockedsized camera, that ...

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peter502
 
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As I think with many people, a pockest sized camera with manual settings has always been my Holy Grail. I spent a long time comparing the s90 to the lumix options and even potentially the Leica X1 but inevitably came back to the mantra that the best camera is the one you have with you. The s90 is a simply a wonderful creative tool - whether you want simple, well exposed images, or highly creative pictures which make the most of long exposures or depth of field. I'm an artist first and ...

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