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Canon PowerShot S90

alaTest has collected and analyzed 334 reviews of Canon PowerShot S90. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The usability and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom and price. The viewfinder and focus get critical reviews.

portability, performance, usability, image quality, size

battery, flash, shutter, focus, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S90 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot S90

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S90 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the performance.

performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90 Digital CameraIkelite Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot S95 & S90 Digital Camera

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot S90

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S90 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the low light performance and image quality. The usability and performance also get good feedback, but many are negative about the flash and size. Opinions about the color and durability are mixed.

portability, performance, usability, image quality, low-light

size, flash

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon Powershot S90 10MP Wide-angle 3.8x Optical Zoom Digital Camera Bundle w/ 4GB SD Memory, Card Reader, Case and Lens Cleaning KitCanon Powershot S90 10MP Wide-angle 3.8x Optical Zoom Digital Camera Bundle w/ 4GB SD Memory, Card Reader, Case and Lens Cleaning Kit

Dec, 2018

SILVER AWARD!

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Canon PowerShot S90 Review

 

The arrival of the 'affordable' digital SLR saw most manufacturers slowly withdrawing from the high end compact camera market, but recently models like the Canon G9/G10/G11 and Panasonic's LX3 have shown that there is still demand for pocketable...

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...

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...

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...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Derrick Story (pcworld.com)

Canon PowerShot S90

 

Canon's PowerShot S90 might be 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 ability to overcome the limitations that often cripple compacts: It performs well in low...

Extremely compact and lightweight ; Excellent user interface ; Outstanding image quality ; RAW format support ; Focus bracketing mode ; Click ring around lens provides excellent control ; Full manual controls

Lackluster battery performance ; No high-definition movie recording ; Control dial can accidentally change settings

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

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot S90 - digital camera review

 

The Canon PowerShot S90 is designed for photography enthusiasts and it carries a hefty price tag to prove it. It also has some of the best controls you'll find on a compact camera for manual and semimanual shooting modes. Its lens and photo quality are...

Excellent control system for manual, semimanual shooting; fantastic wide-angle f2 lens; very good low-light photo quality.

Performance is merely average; no HD movie mode or optical zoom while recording; no optical viewfinder and a couple other design miscues.

As long as you're not expecting dSLR speed in a tiny body, the Canon PowerShot S90 is an excellent compact camera for advanced amateurs.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Mark McClusky (wired.com)

Review: Canon S90

 

What makes the best point-and-shoot cam we've seen all year? Try an extremely fast lens, totalitarian control over your shots, and an innovative control ring.

Awesomely fast lens. Granular control over just about any aspect of your shots that you can think of. Slick control ring. Quick startup and shooting

Slightly bulkier than the smallest pocket cams. Backside controls are a little cramped

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Canon PowerShot S90 Review

 

Canon's PowerShot S90 is an ultra-compact digicam that is designed for the photo enthusiast who is looking for a pocketable camera to add to their ranks, which still offers a great deal of the exposure control they are accustomed to on their dSLR. This...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Review Crew (reviewboard.com)

Canon PowerShot S90 Review

 

The arrival of the 'affordable' digital SLR saw most manufacturers slowly withdrawing from the high end compact camera market, but recently models like the Canon G9/G10/G11 and Panasonic's LX3 have ...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

Canon PowerShot S90

 

The 10.0 megapixel image capture and movie recording specs, while impressive, are not something that helps the S90 stand out on value when compared with other digital compact cameras on the market. If you own a PictBridge printer you might wish to take...

10.0 MegapixelRAW Capture supportPictBridge CompatiblePC & Mac Compatible

Low value for money

The Canon PowerShot S90 is capable of shooting images up to 10 megapixel...

Dec, 2009

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot S90 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot S90 is a new small compact camera with a wealth of professional features. Marking the return of the Canon PowerShot S-series, the Canon S90 is aimed at the DSLR owner looking for a backup compact or the enthusiast who wants DSLR...

With the race for more megapixels momentarily slowing at consumer level, it seems that small is the new big. Just as other manufacturers have been attempting of late to introduce compacts with the power of a DSLR, the Canon PowerShot S90 is, in effect,...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by (consumersearch.com)

Canon PowerShot S90 Review

 

Canon PowerShot S90 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Canon PowerShot S90 and comparisons to other Digital Cameras

Excellent manual control options; RAW format support; Wide-angle 28 mm lens; Very good image quality; Portable

Controls can be awkward; Comparatively expensive; Slow camera speed; No optical viewfinder

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

PowerShot S90

 

($429) is an ultra-compact camera with a "high sensitivity" 10 Megapixel CCD, a fast 28 - 105 mm lens with image stabilization, a high resolution 3-inch LCD display, full manual controls, RAW support, customizable controls, and more. While the S90 may...

Very good photo quality ; Roughly a full stop advantage over typical compact cameras in low light ; Fast F2.0-4.9, 28 - 105 mm zoom lens (telephoto lovers take note) ; Optical image stabilization ; Ultra high resolution 3-inch LCD with very good...

Ergonomics are a real mess -- free-wheeling control dial makes it way too easy to accidentally adjust important settings; power and ring func buttons are identical and right next to each other (you know where that's going); pop-up flash takes up...

When Canon announced the PowerShot S90, I was pretty excited. Manual controls and a fast lens in an ultra-compact body? Yes, please! My enthusiasm waned quickly once my review unit arrived. Not because of the picture quality or feature set, but because...

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone:No / Yes

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera

Built-in processor:DIGIC 4
Camera playback:Movie, Single image
Histogram: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Playback zoom:2
Playback zoom (max):2
Scene modes:beach, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sunset, Underwater
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, custom modes, Fluorescent, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):461000

Flash

Flash modes:Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 255.9

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:1.97
Focus:TTL

Lens System

Combined zoom:15
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.236 - 0.886
Optical Zoom:3.8

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, AUTO
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 4.13
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/1600
Compatible operating systems:Win XP SP2-3 / Vista (incl. SP1-2)\nMac OS X v10.4 - 10.5 / Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (incl. SP1-2)\nMac OS X v10.4 - 10.5
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 4.13
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/1.7
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Megapixel:10
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Video

Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:MOV
Video formats supported:MOV
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.22
Height:2.3
Weight:6.17
Width:3.94