Excerpt: Good. BUT NOT PERFECT !...................................... Very good camera. Really nice results especially in dark. Perfect that Canon add special mode (high ISO at 1/4 resolution) for these purposes which is available on selection rotary wheel. I am sure you will use this feature very often. Okay there is some loose of details but picture at all looks nice. Precise construction with excellent display.
Excerpt: I love this camera. I only use a compact camera and I carry mine with me all the time. I get much better photographs with this camera than with other compacts I have used. The prices was a bit steep, but the photos are worth it. I hope that the number of cameras available in this class increases as seems to be the case. Problems: The problems and weaknesses are the same one's noted in DPreview's in-depth review of the camera.
Summary: The image quality of the s90 is excellent for a compact digital camera. The feature set, high ISO performance (not as good as a dslr) and small size are big pluses. For many, including myself, the ergonomics of the s90 are very poor. Most notable is the pesky, free-wheeling rear control dial that moves easily and inadvertently at the slightest touch. Unless you're in auto mode(s), settings change and can mess up photos unless you monitor them.
Summary: This camera was brilliant, until it broke after 10 months. The pop up flash got stuck in the casing. As it was still under warranty, it was sent back to Canon, who said it would cost £250 to repair as it was 'accidental damage' and someone must have put too much pressure on it. I must be superman to put enough pressure on metal camera casing to get the flash stuck inside it. Recommend the camera, don't recommed Canon at all.
Summary: This had all the makings of being a great camera. Fast lens, great sensor, bags of features that should put the photographer in control. A worthy backup to an SLR? Well, on paper it all looks great, and the sacrifices you make against a G11 seem modest compared to the benefits of having something you can slip into your pocket. After several months of using this camera, however, I find it wanting.
Summary: A great little camera, capable of taking very good images. However, I found the body way too small & I have small hands. Like all point & shoot cameras, it suffers from the same problem i.e. the inability to see what you are what you are shooting due to the LCD being unusable in all but the most overcast conditions. Good for indoor work though.
Summary: On paper this camera is unbeatable as a pocketable point and shoot - every manual control you could ask and raw as well. I had read the reservations about the rear wheel but decided (as a Canon fan)that it was worth the risk. The handling of a camera is a very subjective affair, but I just did not take to the S90. The much vaunted control ring I found just slowed down changing settings - with a small camera I want quick controls.
Summary: Try before you buy! Read the reviews. I wanted a photographers point and shoot that would slip into any pocket. The specs are wonderful. Like most reviewers I was lured by the image quality, the ability to shoot RAW and the manual controls. Trouble is you've got to be able to handle the damn thing!
Summary: I purchased the S90 because my S70 developed a fault after many years good service and was uneconomical to repair. The S90 takes superb pictures but oh it is so fiddly and not so easy to hold.The pop up flash position is crazy. I also find that the controls are not so intuitive as the S70. Canon were also a bit mean in not suppling a starter SD card. To be frank I wish I had bought the Panasonic Lumix T27 which is easier to handle and produces exellent pictures.