Summary: The Canon PowerShot S90 is a compact digital camera whose most interesting feature is to present a control dial that allows you to manually set all the functions and to give free rein to creativity. Also of note is the optical image stabilizer, the high-resolution display, support for RAW format, the HDMI output.
Summary: The Canon Powershot S90 is a unique ultra-compact to feature a full-range of manual controls including manual focusing, a bright stabilized wide-angle F2 lens and two control wheels for efficient controls. One control wheel is mounted around the 4-way control and the other is found around the lens. The behavior of the lens ring is highly customizable and can make the S90 the most efficient ultra-compact ever produced.
Pros: Better image noise than most ultra-compacts, Fast F2 wide-angle lens, Effective stabilization, Generally good lens sharpness, Low optical distortion at telephoto, Good automatic white-balance, Good color accuracy, Very efficient interface, Highly customizable interface, Good LCD details and visibility
Cons: Slightly below average speed of operation, Tendency to overexpose, Auto-focus not so fast, Focus misses more frequent than average, Slight edge softness and more corner softness, Noticeable distortion at wide-angle, Limited dynamic range, Short battery life, Difficult to hold securely and to use with gloves, Low-contrast display, prone to fingerprints
Summary: The S90 offers an appealing combination of compact styling, photographic functionality and powerful control. Crucially it also offers some of the best image quality we've seen in such a small camera for a long time, sensor limitations aside. It's got a great lens and great features and is only let down slightly by the inevitable handling issues that come with such a small camera.
Pros: Excellent image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings, Well optimized JPEGs, Extensive photographic feature set, New Function Ring transforms use of manual controls on a small camera, Usable, fast raw mode with excellent DPP software supplied, Highly customizable, Fast, sharp zoom with useful 28-105mm range and F2.0 aperture (though only at the wide end), Reliable metering, focus and white balance, Fast face detection / tracking, Very compact, well built, Nice s...
Cons: Highlight clipping and channel clipping in bright, contrasty conditions, Rear dial rotates too freely and cannot be disabled, so accidental settings changes too common, No noise reduction options, JPEG NR too strong at higher ISO settings, Video limited to VGA resolution, Lack of grip and smooth, featureless body don't help handling one bit (although third party solutions are available), Focus in low light and at long end of zoom could be faster, Flash underpowered, f...
Excerpt: It’s been a while since the launch of the PowerShot S80 – 5 years to be precise. The PowerShot S90 is more than just a redesigned version of its predecessor – the S80. The camera offers functionality and usability that hasn’t quite been implemented in any other S-series camera. Read on to find out as to what makes the PowerShot S90 so different. The PowerShot S90 looks like any other compact camcorder but comes with a few minor but helpful changes.
Conclusion: A big step forward from the S1 model, and a very competitive digital SLR.
Pros: Colors are off . On five different S2 Pro bodies I've seen, I've seen five slightly different color interpretations. Some were off subtly, one was quite blue, another quite reddish in tint. You can't judge color by the color LCD., The protective cover has to be removed to see well . Get one of Hoodman's solutions if you don't want to be jerking the cover on and off., Histograms are hard to read . First, they're small in size and stuffed into the right corner of the al...
Cons: Colors are off . On five different S2 Pro bodies I've seen, I've seen five slightly different color interpretations. Some were off subtly, one was quite blue, another quite reddish in tint. You can't judge color by the color LCD., The protective cover has to be removed to see well . Get one of Hoodman's solutions if you don't want to be jerking the cover on and off., Histograms are hard to read . First, they're small in size and stuffed into the right corner of the al...
Conclusion: This camera is white hot – forget about getting a good deal for months. Checking legit online retailers, we only found list price and higher! Now is $429 a deal for a point-and-shoot? Yes, if you want the portability of an aim-and-forget camera, excellent low-light shooting, convenient tweaks galore via the control dials, and quality shots. However, if you want DSLR response, you won’t find it here, with its 1 fps speed. So as always, it’s a trade-off.
Pros: Terrific low-light shooter; typical high-quality Canon photos; extensive photo adjustments via control dials; excellent LCD screen
Cons: Watch your fingers with pop-up flash; button placement takes getting used to; slow frame rate; no HD video; worse-than-average battery life
Summary: Small, stylish and with full manual exposure control, the Canon PowerShot S90 is a great compact camera for those looking for a few more advanced features than the standard compact. Unlike its bigger brother, the PowerShot G11, the S90 is small enough to take anywhere. Although I prefer the way the G11 handles, I hope Canon finds a way to put the control ring feature of the S90 into the next G-series camera.