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
Small, stylish and with full manual exposure control, the Canon PowerShot S90 is a great compact camera for those looking for a few more advanced features than the standard compact. Unlike its bigger brother, the PowerShot G11, the S90 is small enough to take anywhere. Although I prefer the way the G11 handles, I hope Canon finds a way to put the control ring feature of the S90 into the next G-series camera.
However, while the image quality of the S90 is very good for a compact camera, it doesn’t really break any new ground. Also, with a street price of around £400, it is quite expensive.
Canon Powershot S90 – Key features
Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software comes included with the PowerShot S90. This excellent software makes it simple to edit raw images and produces good results.
The small in-camera flash has a guide number of 6.5m @ ISO 100, although this is reduced to just 2.5m @ ISO 100 when at its maximum focal length. This is due to the smaller maximum aperture at this focal length.
This feature applies a contrast curve to lift the shadow areas of an image. It can do this either at the time of capture, or it can be applied in playback mode to existing images.