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4

Canon PowerShot S90


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Price as Reviewed:

£380.00

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

Canon PowerShot S90 at a glance:

  • 10-million-pixel sensor
  • 28-105mm equivalent zoom lens
  • ISO 80-3200
  • 3in, 461,000-dot screen
  • Street price around £380

Within the current Canon PowerShot range there are two compact cameras that are designed to appeal to the enthusiast photographer. Although the Canon PowerShot S90 is smaller and lighter than its sibling, the PowerShot G11, the two cameras share many of the same features. Most notable of these is the ten-million-pixel 1/1.7 inch CCD sensor.

However, the similarities don’t end there. As with the G11, two of the main selling points of the S90 are its manual exposure control and ability to save images in Canon’s CR2 raw file format. These features, plus its small size, are the S90’s main attractions. This is a compact camera the enthusiast photographer can have full control over, which, on paper at least, makes the S90 ideal for when point-and-shoot images simply won’t suffice.

Although the PowerShot S90 has only a 3.8x optical zoom lens rather than the 5x lens found on the G11, it is a 28-105mm equivalent, which is ideal for both landscapes and portraits. The lens also has a maximum aperture of f/2 and optical image stabilisation which, combined with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200, should make it useful in low light.

With aperture and shutter priority exposure modes, as well as an innovative control ring, the S90 looks like an interesting option for the enthusiast on those occasions when a DSLR would simply be overkill.

  • Memory Card: SecureDigital/MMC and SDHC
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, plus 2 custom
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • LCD: 3in LCD with approx 461,000 dots (153,600 pixels)
  • Output Size: 3648x2736 pixels
  • Sensor: CCD with 10 million effective pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Max Flash Sync: Up to 1/500sec
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, custom modes and 16 scene presets
  • Weight: 175g (without battery or card)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery NB-6L
  • Lens: Canon 3.8x zoom lens, 28-105mm (equivalent) f/2-4.9
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • AF array: 9 points, selected automatically
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single and continuous. Approx 0.6fps maximum in continuous
  • Shutter Speeds: 15-1/1600sec in shutter priority and manual mode
  • RRP: £449
  • ISO: 80-3200
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection
  • Dimensions: 100x58.4x30.9mm
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centre weighted average and spot (can be linked to active AF point or face detection)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB
  • Compression: Fine, Normal

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