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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Canon PowerShot S90

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Canon PowerShot S90 review


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The competition

Image: Canon G11

Perhaps the biggest rival to the S90 is the Canon PowerShot G11. Both have manual exposure modes as well as the option to capture images as raw files. However, the G11 has a viewfinder, 5x optical zoom and range of control dials, making it more of a replacement for a DSLR than truly pocketable compact camera.

One camera that is of a similar size to the PowerShot S90 is the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. We originally reviewed this camera in AP 15 August 2009 and it received an impressive four stars. With a slightly larger 1/1.6in, 12-million-pixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent), the F200EXR is similar in specification to the PowerShot S90. It lacks the ability to save images as raw files, but there is the option to capture images at sensitivities as high as ISO 12,800.

Image: Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

With the Canon PowerShot G11 costing just slightly more than the S90, I would imagine that the G11 is the S90’s main rival. However, at around £200, the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is a very good, if often overlooked, competitor.




  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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