Sony Cyber-shot S90 Review
Despite some speculation when announced in February 2005, the S90 is not the successor to the highly-rated S85, but is one of two near-identical entry-level four million pixel cameras from Sony (the other being the S60; the main difference is that the S90 has a 2.5-inch screen and ships with rechargeable batteries). Although ostensibly a budget camera (with a street price of around $290) the S90 has more than its fair share of features, including seven scene modes, Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3x zoom, full manual exposure mode, VGA/30fps MPEG movie mode and a claimed 420-shot maximum battery life (using the CIPA standard).
- 4.1 effective megapixels
- Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens (3x optical zoom)
- F2.8 - F5.6, 39-117mm (35mm equiv.)
- Long life STAMINA battery: up to 420 shots per charge
- 2.5” LCD (115,000 pixels)
- Manual exposure function
- Real Imaging Processor
- Optional Cyber-shot Station dock
- Scene selection (7 modes)
- Histogram indication
- Optional tele and wide lens adaptors
- 32MB internal memory, plus Memory Stick PRO slot
Sony DSC-S90 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $300
• 1/2.7" Super HAD CCD
• 2304 x 1728
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 @ 16 / 30 fps
• 160 x 112 @ 8 fps
• Limited only by the capacity of the memory card
• MPEG VX with sound
Carl Zeiss 39 - 117mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
|Focus||• 5-Area Multi-Point AF
• Center AF
• 5-Step Manual
10cm macro mode (Wide)
|Shutter Speeds||• 1/8 – 1/1000 sec (Auto)
• 2 – 1/1000 sec (Program Auto)
• 30 – 1/1000 sec (Manual)
|Apertures||f2.8 – f5.6 (W), f5.2 – f10 (T)|
|Metering|| Multi Pattern
|White Balance||• Auto
Saturation (3 levels)
|Continuous||0.7 fps up to four frames|
• Modes: Auto, forced on, forced off, slow sync, red-eye reduction
• Range: 1.6 – 12.5 ft. (0.5 – 3.8m)
|Storage|| Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
32MB internal memory
No removable media supplied
|Viewfinder|| Real Image Optical|
|LCD monitor|| 2.5 " TFT, 115,000 pixels|
|Power|| 2x AA type battery (alkaline, NiMH, NiMM)
2x AA NiMH 'STAMINA' batteries + charger included
|In the box*||
PictBridge and DPOF compatible
|Weight (inc batt)||253 g (8.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||108 x 52 x 26mm (4.25 x 2.1 x 1in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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