Summary: Less expensive than the flagship Cyber Shot DSC-S90 but sharing many of its features and capabilities, the entry-level Sony Cyber Shot DSC-S40 provides a good value in a point-and-shoot camera.
Pros: Compact design; fast response times; two continuous-shooting modes; strong battery life.
Cons: Small LCD screen; limited manual settings; photos exhibit a slight softness; wrist-strap hook gets in the way.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot S90 is a great camera, comparable to others in its class. Battery life is excellent, especially given the large LCD on and using only 2 AAs. The S90 feels tough, even on the memory card and battery doors. The grip is good though its surface is not rubber based. Though they are limited and preset, the S90 still has some useful manual controls. Much of the S90's features were nice except the limited controls and slow, limited continuous shooting.
Pros: Pocketable, Value for money, Excellent movie mode, Excellent battery life, Low noise levels, No red-eye, Flash with average range, USB 2.0
Cons: Limited manual controls, Photos a little soft, Slow, limited continuous shooting, Startup time a little slow
Conclusion: After nine years of reviewing compact digital cameras it's sometimes surprising I can find anything new to say about them. But such has been the pace of development over the last few years that virtually every new model has at least something unique, surprising or seriously improved to mark it out from the crowd.
Pros: Good clean results with excellent color and decent resolution, Virtually no purple fringing, Good dynamic range, Fast focus, generally responsive operation, Easy to use and good handling, Good movie mode (MPEG), Fairly low noise at ISO 400, Excellent battery life (with NiMH), AF illuminator, Good flash exposures, Big, bright screen, Wide range of optional accessories
Cons: No aperture or shutter priority mode, Results a little soft, No manual/custom white balance mode, Flash recycle slow unless batteries very fresh, red-eye mode adds long delay, Small amount of chromatic aberration - not visible in normal shots, Accessing some advanced functions via menus is a bit long-winded, Only two aperture settings, Limited macro capabilities, Some focus problems with nearby subjects, will take a picture without focus confirmed, Wide end of the len...
Conclusion: Sony DSC S90 - Easy to operate The Sony Cybershot S90 is a digital camera that is easy to operate when working with it. Straightforward, with a resolution of 4 Megapixels and a 3x optical zoom plus an excellent movie recording function on board, the Sony S90 offers an outstanding combination to a large group of consumers that desire ease of operation and a fine quality without having to worry about photographic 'rules'.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Sony S90 compared to a standard CD disc. The Cyber-shot S40 and the Cyber-shot S60 . Continue on to Page Two DSC-S90 Specifications CCD Imager 1/2.7" Sony Super HAD 4.1 Megapixel Effective Image Resolutions Still (JPEG Fine/Std or TIFF): 2304 x 1728 2304 (3:2) 2048 x 1536 1280 x 960 640 x 480 Movie: VX Fine (640 x 480, 30fps) VX Standard (640 x 480, 16.6fps) Video Mail (160 x 120, 8.3fps) Lens Carl Zeiss 3x Zoom, 6 to 18mm (39 to 117mm equivalent),...
Excerpt: Introduction The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S90 provides a solid point-and-shoot, 4 megapixel experience. While it doesn't include many manual settings or cutting edge features, the camera provides solid image quality, good indoor shot performance, and minimal shutter lag for under $300.
Excerpt: Sony's S-line of cameras has returned in 2005 after a nearly four year hiatus. The new S models, the Cyber-shot S40, S60, and S90 are the replacements for some of the P-series models from last year. All three models share the same 4.1 Megapixel CCD. The S40 ($199) is a compact model with a 3X zoom and a small 1.5" LCD display. The S60 ($250) offers a larger body, 2-inch LCD, and support for conversion lenses. The S90 ($300) is just like the S60 except for a 2.5" LCD.
Pros: Very good photo quality, Good value, Huge 2.5" LCD is usable in bright outdoor light and in low light too, Very good performance, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Excellent movie mode, Redeye was not a problem, Support for conversion lenses and filters, Excellent battery life; rechargeable batteries included, Live histogram in record mode, USB 2.0 High Speed supported
Cons: More manual controls would be nice, Unimpressive burst mode, Memory Sticks cost more than other card formats, Except for the tutorial, bundled software is lousy, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod
Conclusion: Sony DSC S90 - Simplicité d'utilisation Le Sony CyberShot S90 est un appareil fort plaisant et facile à utiliser. Un public ainsi nombreux pourra bénéficier de son capteur 4 mégapixels, de son zoom Carl Zeiss 3x et de sa vidéo avancée, pour des résultats très bons et le tout en toute simplicité, sans avoir à forcément se soucier des règles de la photographie.
Conclusion: Sony DSC S90 - Zeer gebruiksvriendelijk De Sony Cybershot S90 is een digitale camera die zich in de praktijk zeer vriendelijk laat gebruiken. Recht door zee, met een resolutie van 4 Megapixels en een 3x optische zoom en een uitstekende videoclip functie aan boord, biedt de Sony S90 een uitstekende combinatie voor een grote groep consumenten die vraagt om gemak en een goede kwaliteit zonder zich te hoeven bekommeren om enige vorm van 'fotografie-regeltjes'.