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Canon PowerShot S90 Approaches Pocketable Perfection

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

PowerShot S90 Review, by Derrick Story, Macworld.com February 26, 2010

Canon’s PowerShot S90 strength is one of the most powerful point-and-shoot cameras that you can slip into your shirt pocket. Much of the S90’s appeal comes from its aptitude to overcome the limitations that often cripple compacts: It performs well in low light, has the option to capture in RAW format, and it features an impressive set of controls that allow you to adapt the camera to just about any lighting situation.

The S90 can hide beneath a deck of playing cards. Its body measures 3.94 by 2.30 by 1.22 inches, and it weighs in just over 6 ounces. You can slide it in anywhere you have a spare pocket. It weighs half as much as its big brother, Canon’s PowerShot G11 (which Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice), yet includes the same 10-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor and Digic 4 image processor. Both cameras feature crystal-clear, 461,000-dot LCDs, but the S90’s display is a 3-inch fixed back version compared to the 2.8-inch vari-angle version on the G11.

You may wonder why the Canon S90 captures only 10 megapixels when a lot of today’s compacts capture 12 megapixels or more. The thinking is that if you put fewer pixels on a better image sensor, you can better control image noise at higher ISO settings. Canon then developed a high sensitivity system for its image processor to help optimize the data from low-light shots. The result is that you can shoot at ISO 400, 800, and even 1600 without destroy the image quality. This is a main step forward for a compact camera that sells for around $400.

Excellent user interface

Outstanding image quality

RAW format support

Extremely compact and lightweight

Lackluster battery performance

No high-definition movie recording

Control dial can accidentally change settings
Bottom Line

The Canon S90 takes great pictures in just about any illumination situation, and it provides easy-to-use, intelligent controls to do so.

  1. March 10, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Hm hm.. that’s very interessting but to be honest i have a hard time determining it… I’m wondering what others have to say….

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