With full manual exposure control and the ability to save images as raw files, the Canon PowerShot S90 may be the perfect compact camera for the demanding enthusiast photographer

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LCD, live view and video

With no optical viewfinder, the S90 user is reliant on its 3in, 461,000-dot LCD screen when composing images. Although traditionalists may dislike the lack of viewfinder, if the viewfinder on the PowerShot G11 is anything to go by the S90 isn’t missing out.

During my test of the S90 I didn’t come across any problems with the screen. It is large and bright, and shows enough detail so it is possible to check images for details and sharpness.

The brightness of the live view preview changes to reflect how your image will be exposed and saved. This is useful should you be in a manual exposure mode or wish to use the EV compensation to adjust an exposure.

When adjusting the exposure compensation in video mode, the view on the screen also represents how the final footage will look. However, the exposure cannot be changed once video capture has started.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot S90 at a glance:
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. White balance and colour
  4. 4. Metering
  5. 5. Autofocus
  6. 6. LCD, live view and video
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. The competition
  9. 9. Our verdict
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  • Keith Tomkins

    I thought about getting the Canon 7D but the vari-angle screen on the Canon 60D did it for me. Being left handed this camera suited me
    Its Solid build and good balance great control positions with a lock button in the centre of picture setting type control knob,which for left handers works brilliantly as you can’t knock it with your hand like I used to do on the Canon 550D I had before upgrading also the NOSE print every time i took a photo! But not on the 60D which also has the view screen top right of camera for AF/drive/ ISO and metering meaning you know your setting with the screen turned inwards.
    Best camera I have ever bought, so I bit the bullet and got the 24-105mm IS USM, 50mm 1.4f USM and the 70-200mm F4 IS USM lenses
    The pictures I took at the London 2012 olympics made it all worth while

    Highly recommended 9.5 out of 10