Sony Cyber-shot S90 Review
The S90 shows just how important the 'entry-level' mass market has become to the major camera manufacturers. It has none of the ultra-compact all-metal body styling of the P series cameras, and even the conservatively-styled W series cameras look positively sleek next to the boxy, anonymous plastic block sat on my desk. It's not that the S90 is an ugly camera, nor is it a camera that feels even vaguely insubstantial (at just over 250g fully loaded it's as hefty as all its main competitors). It's just a camera that fails to make an impression, visually, and one that - without the logos - you would probably never guess came from the Sony stable (though to be fair this is a budget camera). On the positive side the size adds stability (see below) and there are enough external buttons to allow quick access to commonly used features; flash, macro, self-timer, image size and shooting mode.
In your hand
It may not be the prettiest kid on the block, but the slightly bulkier format does give the S90 a very solid feel in the hand (despite the all-plastic construction), and handling is excellent. The gently curving grip could do with being a little deeper, but it does its job perfectly well, helped by the extra chrome finish finger grip on the front and small thumb grip on the rear. I found single-handed operation possible, though far from comfortable - especially if using the zoom, and doing so meant accidentally setting off the self-timer or macro mode was an ever-present danger.
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