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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Our verdict

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

Software support

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.




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
DoF Preview:No
Focusing Modes:Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection
Metering System:Evaluative, centre weighted average and spot (can be linked to active AF point or face detection)
Connectivity / Interface:USB
Compression:Fine, Normal
  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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