Canon Powershot S90 reviews and prices: Compact camera

27 customer reviews

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9.1 out of 10 based on 27 reviews.
Canon Powershot S90: 10 MP (Megapixels), 4x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Steve, Sheffield Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
An excellent camera for those considering a compact camera to compliment their SLR, or someone wanting to experiment with more creative shooting modes (manual, aperture priority etc).
Bad points:
Expensive! However, not as pricey as a G11, and has the same sensor.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Jun 2010

Roger, London Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This is simply the best compact I have owned. I bought this as a companion to my DSLR and for shooting when I don't want to carry a lot of equipment.
Bad points:
It's a bit on the pricey side.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Jun 2010

DustyC, Fareham Professional photographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
RAW images and manual control on a camera that fits in your shirt pocket!
As a professional photographer having something as discreet and compact as this is ideal for certain assignments.
It also means I can now carry a camera everywhere I go.
Bad points:
Although the thumb wheel control is excellent it needs a lock out feature. You get used to it though.
I have also read reports that it is difficult to hold but I have no trouble. Maybe its just the Americans greasy fingers from all those fries!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Jun 2010

Dimitris, Kiato, Greece Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Awesome picture quality for a compact camera
Very good performance under low light conditions
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Sep 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic camera, even better than expected. Bought to replace a Powershot S60 and very impressed by how much better it is - very compact, big screen, no red eye ever, great night time pics, vastly improved battery life etc. Strongly recommend.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Pleasing Image Quality
Comprehensive Features
Compact and Portable Design
Bad points:
I've seen comments on ergonomics, but this hasn't proven to be a problem for me because of the way I handle the camera. The newer S95 appears as if it may have addressed some of these issues.

JPEGs could possibly be a little sharper - but there is RAW, which is sharper.

Lack of HD video might be an issue for some.

It is now superseded by the S95.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Jul 2010

George, Thassos Greece Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact, good manual settings, good photos.
Bad points:
Operating buttons to unprotected to lock and inure functions.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Aug 2010

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Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 4
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format MMCplus Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format SDXC Card
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 198
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof Yes
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 100x58.4x30.9
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2009-09-03
Height in mm 58.4
Width in mm 100
Depth in mm 30.9
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 105
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: PowerShot S90, Canon S90, PowerShot, S90

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Manufacturer's Description

Features

High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD
f/2.0, 28mm wide, 3.8x zoom lens, with IS
Compact design & lens Control Ring
3.0 LCD
Dual Anti-Noise System with DIGIC 4
Full Manual control & RAW
Smart Auto mode & Servo AF/AE
Face Detection
i-Contrast
VGA movies (30fps) & HDMI

Creative control. Pocketable performance.

High-sensitivity 10.0 MP sensor
A high-sensitivity CCD sensor gives outstanding image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Even images taken at high ISOs show exceptionally low noise levels and a wide dynamic range.

Wide & bright
A bright f/2.0 aperture allows exceptional versatility, capturing low-light images and fast-moving subjects at higher shutter speeds. A wide angle of 28mm lets you put more in the frame, while Canons optical IS reduces blur caused by camera shake.

Compact control
The PowerShot S90 combines pocket-sized proportions with a sophisticated lens Control Ring, to which functions such as step zoom, exposure, focus, and ISO can be assigned for fast, easy adjustment.

3.0 PureColor LCD II
A 3.0 PureColor LCD II screen (461K dots), with wide viewing angle, makes framing and reviewing shots a pleasure.

Dual Anti-Noise System with DIGIC 4
Working with the high-sensitivity image sensor, Canons DIGIC 4 processor delivers vastly improved noise performance across the ISO range. Shoot full-resolution images up to ISO 3200, or expand to ISO 12800 in (2.5MP) Low Light mode.

Full Manual control & RAW
For creative control while shooting, the PowerShot S90 features Full Manual mode. The option of RAW shooting with support for Canons Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software provides complete control over image parameters during post-shoot editing.

Smart Auto and Shooting Modes
Smart Auto mode analyses subject brightness, contrast, distance, hue and movement. Intelligent Scene Detection Technology then selects the scene type from 22 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. 25 dedicated shooting modes are also available including Nostalgic and VGA movies.

Intelligent technologies
For perfect portraits, Canon Face Detection technologies include FaceSelf-Timer and Face Select & Track, which tracks focus for a chosen person in the frame. Also included are Canons blur-beating Motion Detection Technology and Servo AF/AE, for accurate focus and exposure on moving subjects.

i-Contrast
In shooting or playback, enhanced i-Contrast optimises dynamic range according to the scene – retaining detail in shadows and preventing overexposure of highlights. The result is natural images with the best possible contrast.

HDMI terminal
An HDMI mini output terminal lets you display still shots on any HDMI compatible TV without loss of quality.


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