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Canon PowerShot S90 10MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD

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  • New 10-megapixel High Sensitivity System; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Improved low-light image performance, plus a Low Light scene mode for ISO settings up to 12,800
  • Customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other creative shooting settings
  • Wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer; bright f/2.0 lens
  • RAW + JPEG shooting and recording modes; capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002LITT42
  • Item model number: S90IS
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 19, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Canon’s storied S Series gets a revitalized new leader in the slimmer, lighter, new PowerShot S90, the perfect everyday camera for people who are serious about great photography. Image quality is superb thanks to the new High Sensitivity System and higher ISO speeds, plus an exceptionally bright f/2.0 lens that makes portraits and low-light shots come to life. Photography enthusiasts will love the new control ring at the base of the lens barrel, designed for intuitive, pro-style manual control.

Canon PowerShot S90 highlights


PowerShot S90 Highlights

New 10-megapixel sensor coupled with Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor
The PowerShot S90 employs a newly developed, 10-megapixel High Sensitivity System by combining a powerful CCD sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Thanks to this technological advancement, the S90 is dramatically more sensitive than cameras with identical megapixel counts, and delivers spectacular images with minimal noise. Increased sensitivity demands a higher ISO speed, and the PowerShot S90 delivers with a new maximum setting of ISO 3,200. Blur and camera shake are notably reduced for the ultimate in sharpness and clarity.

In addition, a new Low Light mode lets you capture images in an astonishing range of conditions. The camera automatically adjusts the ISO speed from ISO 320 to ISO 12,800 in relation to ambient brightness, subject movement and camera shake.

Compact and pocket-sized camera for everyday use for the advanced amateur
Serious photography buffs never want to miss a shooting opportunity, and that means keeping a high-quality camera on hand at all times. With a robust feature set that meets an advanced amateur’s exacting standards, the compact PowerShot S90 fits the bill. The S90 boasts an incredibly slim profile and lightweight body for pocket-sized convenience, yet packs in advanced capabilities that make every image memorable. It’s the perfect take-along complement to your camera collection.

Canon PowerShot S90 highlights
Bright f/2.0 lens, great for shooting in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field
The S90 sports an f/2.0 aperture, perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. The Macro setting lets you get even closer. The large aperture also does more. It lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. You’ll be ready for anything with a lens aperture larger than even many professional sizes.

Customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual settings
Focus, Exposure, ISO, Step Zoom, or White Balance can now be adjusted more precisely than ever with the S90’s new control ring. It’s even more intuitive and quicker than the usual 2-button control and the S90 lets you decide which function the ring will adjust.

Canon PowerShot S90 highlights
3.8x optical zoom in action
Wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-105mm) with Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot S90 features Canon's precision 28mm Wide-Angle Lens that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. It lets you capture more in every frame, so everyone fits in a family gathering shot. When it's time to take a closer look, a 3.8x optical zoom (35mm equivalent 28-105mm) greatly minimizes camera shake and maximizes the brilliance of every detail. The camera uses a USM (Ultrasonic Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.

Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot S90's RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.

Also, with 25 Shooting Modes including 17 Special Scene Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Canon PowerShot S90 highlights
Large, 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD
Large 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD
With a high resolution stemming 461,000 dots, a high contrast ratio and a wide viewing angle, the PowerShot S90 captures the more subtle variations of color in a scene to make all your images truer to the real thing. The LCD’s multiple coatings prevent visual interference from dust, scratches and reflection.

What's in the Box
  • PowerShot S90 Body
  • NB-6L Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Neck Strap WS-DC9
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400

Product Description

By combining a 10 megapixel CCD sensor and Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the PowerShot S90 offers dramatic low light sensitivity with minimal noise. Impressive ISO 3200 capability reduces blur and subject movement for crisp photos with spectacular sharpness and clarity. The S90 boasts an incredibly slim profile and lightweight body for true pocket-sized convenience. For the photographer that never wants to miss an opportunity, the S90 the high quality camera that you can carry every day. With an equivalent zoom range of 28-105mm, Canon's 3.8x Optical Zoom Lens captures everything from sweeping landscapes to telephoto action shots with ease. An impressive f/2.0 aperture allows you to create dramatic portraits by emphasizing your subject's face and blurring the background with a soft, shallow depth-of-field.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is a wonderful little camera. It's pocket-sized and yet the images are unexpectedly stunning. Low-light performance is particularly good. Read more ›
I bought this camera the week it…Image quality was excellent, controls were intuitive, and I finally had a small camera that was functional in indoor, low light situations. Read more ›
the image quality is satisfying, though inferior to my canon 30D. but it increases the shotting oppotunities at least 5 times for me. Read more ›
In low light, switch to the preset "low light" option esp. while taking indoor pictures. The results have been the best I have ever seen on any other camera I used so far. I… Read more ›
It ends up going more places than my SLR simply because it's images are…I gave picture quality 5 stars as it's images are just outstanding - very nearly as good as my D200. Read more ›
The Canon name and my past experience with a Canon Sure Shot led me to my new Canon S90. Out of the box, without the manual, my first 60 pictures are gorgeous. Easy to use… Read more ›
I can fit it in the front pocket of my jeans and take it…The low light mode is nice but still get some blurry pictures but I still predominantly shot w/ the flash disabled. Read more ›
I'm able to take it anywhere and get high…The two wheels to adjust settings is fantastic and with the additional grip I installed I can shoot comfortably with one hand. Read more ›
but anctually i don't need to use these functions. because AUTO & LOW LIGHT MODE is totally good!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read more ›
The best camera I have owned. The low-light shooting mode is fantastic, video mode is superb, and the manual controls are great. Just had a new baby and get more shots out… Read more ›
Noise isnt much of a problem until iso 800. after 800, it starts…The priority modes are a nice addition to this camera as well as the custom, program, and manual modes. T… Read more ›
Once you get the hang of it you will probably be setting your own custom modes and functions. The Program mode is really incredible. Did I mention the programmable control… Read more ›
3. The flash is in…The control ring around the lens is a great feature; your left hand should be holding the camera there, not on the body like it's a gigantic credit card. Read more ›
Save yourself $100…The picture quality is amazing and it's GREAT in low light - the lens is a full stop faster than anything else out there (including the G11 and G12!) a… Read more ›
I ruminated about all of this…Its lens is excellent, the image sensor is the .43cm2 size (1/1.7") of the best-in-class subcompact P&S cameras, and it has RAW image mode. Read more ›
This is a solid, well…The lens is awesome, one of the brightest in the field at F2.0 at 28mm, although some competitors (Panasonic) have cameras with 24mm F2.0 lenses. T… Read more ›
I also have a Canon 30D DSLR with a 50mm f/1.8 lens which is slightly faster than the S90, however in the low light situation DSLR cameras have something working against… Read more ›
I would have rated this camera as a 5 except for the somewhat uneven optical quality and…The 3.8X lens is excellent at the center but a bit soft at the frame edges. Erg… Read more ›
I also appreciate the multiple functions and settings it has. They are easy to find, use, and work with. Most are self-explanatory with the short titles and simple logos… Read more ›
I've been using it for a few months now…The controls on the camera are very easy to use, the range of functions is astounding and most importantly it takes GREAT pictures. Read more ›
I'm sure this camera has been reviewed to death so I'll keep it short: it rocks. Easy to use, great picture quality. Lens has some serious distortion but the on board… Read more ›
I don't miss pictures any more. The Power Shot S90 is easy to use, gives me great picture quality that I thought impossible from something so small. I highly recommend this… Read more ›
I've used it for one trip so…I'm still learning about some of its features but it was easy to use right off the bat and get good photos - and I'm not a big photographer. Read more ›
Its external controls make it extremely easy to use manual settings-something I never even really bother with on other point and shoots I have owned because it always… Read more ›
And she took most of the pics at the wedding reception. 5. Display screen is nice. No issues as such. Read more ›
The 3" LCD screen is nice and big. Read more ›
Like most fast lenses you…* The 3" screen is beautiful but I think it might be too big if anything - it does battery life no favors and makes it more vulnerable to damage. Read more ›
The pictures we get from this are just spectacular. The screen is huge. I recommend a screen protector for it. Read more ›
Still, I…This is mostly because of the full-time LCD (which is a gorgeous 3.0" screen) So if you plan on shooting more than 300+ photos, buy and bring an extra battery. Read more ›
3. I don't find the lack of an optical viewfinder a problem - I just adapt by using only the screen, which is very bright and easily visible even in sunshine. Read more ›
It also takes fantastic portrait and action shots! The colors are amazing and the clarity is top notch for a point n shoot. Read more ›
When I'm shooting "professionally" I…Anyway, you can change that configuration in about 2 to 3 seconds if you need to (the RAW/JPEG, because the colors are even faster). Read more ›
Shooting with such high ISOs is like having night vision built…Noise levels were low enough and color was so good that I can easily print very nice 5x7s from this night. Read more ›
The shutter is reasonably fast for a cps and I dont have to retake too much for blurring. full sun color is much better than the iso 1300 series i was using. Read more ›
It takes pictures so well at times…One of the biggest compliments you'll get owning this is the quality of the LCD screen and how vivid and sharp the colors and picture is. Read more ›
The built quality is pretty good and camera feels like a solid piece of soap bar in your hand (a bit of slippery but the thumb…LCD is pretty detailed with good coloration. Read more ›
No adjustments would be necessary, even on the RAW images. The sensor is fantastic for its size. Read more ›
... I *LOVE* this camera! It's the perfect size to toss in your bag and carry with you all day, every day. The automatic modes are great, and they result in excellent… Read more ›
1. The picture quality is fantastic for this size camera. I've made 13x19 prints and they are great! Read more ›
They both have the f/2.0 lens which is virtually unheard of on a pocket camera and the ISO performance is very good considering the size of these things, and the amount of… Read more ›
1) exposure bracketing (i like making HDR pics) 2) very compact size, but still has all the manual settings i need 3) ability to save RAW + jpg Read more ›
- Compact Size Well, isn't that the whole point of a point-and-shoot/compact camera? Read more ›
The top selling points for me were the RAW capabilities and the f 2.0 (at the wide end) wide angle lens. Construction quality is excellent. Read more ›
I get usable pictures even when I turn off the flash in situations that wouldn't have given me anything at all with my last point…Build quality is superb, and I'm picky. Read more ›
The Canon PowerShot S90 is a well designed, solid camera. The build quality is excellent. It's small, but easy to handle. Read more ›
(4) Decent overall build quality and performance of both the camera body and the lens, in both picture and video modes. Just as expected for a Canon PowerShot. Read more ›
The front and rear control wheels give me very fast and intuitive control over every setting I change often (exposure compensation and ISO in P…+ Very good construction. Read more ›
Low light results are acceptable to good but do not expect this camera to replace your digital slr for overall picture quality! Solid build. Overall the best compact I ever… Read more ›
The G series is a little less noisy in low light and of course the flash is stronger, but for 95% of my shooting the S90 produces just as well as my G9, and a I carry it a… Read more ›
In a dark setting, I still found it hard to use the camera. Either the flash is too bright and very hard to focus. But I'm not really a camera enthusiast so I might have… Read more ›
Fantastic photos. Low light abilities are incredible and the flash was terrific. Even with the red-eye correction off, no red-eye. Read more ›
I set it to turn off the screen so I could save battery life between shots. The flash itself is great, it lights up a dark room nicely. Color swap/accent are nifty little… Read more ›
If you do that, you will end up with plenty of dark pictures because the flash does not shoot all the time. Sometimes the camera thinks it is bright enough without flash. A… Read more ›
It takes very nice pictures specially at night. It has a relatively powerful flash as well and it's wide angle lens is very appealing. Read more ›
But the S90 always gets the exposure right, probably because it detects faces and exposes for them. It's easy to carry around. It's easy to learn and use. Read more ›
Its light weight and compact size makes it easy to carry around in a shirt pocket. This is why it makes the most sense for a SLR owner - use it for situations where… Read more ›
It has all the manual functions of a DSLR, along with…I know a few pros who have this camera as their compact cam to carry around when they can't use their bigger cameras. Read more ›
Easy to use, though not having an eyepiece takes some getting used to, and the LCD screen doesn't work that well with…Convenient - easy to carry around, and easy to use. Read more ›
It is not the most attractive looking point and shoot in the market but if your intention is to just capture great pictures and yet have a camera that is compact enough to… Read more ›
I was debating between this camera & just a sd 1200 since I was thinking all I need is a camera but the quality of the pictures are soo good and the camera is still so… Read more ›
CONs: - 720P video would have been nice - no viewfinder Read more ›
Videos are great... lovely crisp focus, good sound, zoom is not like a dedicated video camera, but if you only want to carry one camera, its fine. Read more ›
The camera looks nice and appears to work fine for most functions except that the focus does not work properly once the…Also, the color is not good in the video mode. I… Read more ›
Or just stick the camera in your pocket! "Color Accent" mode is fun. I've gotten some good video clips, too. I'm happy with the s90; but the s100 is out now ....so check… Read more ›
If i want a super high quality image i'll use my 7D. great low light, video mode works fine for a point and shoot. Read more ›
The photo quality is soooo much better with this than from my friend's cameras. Plus, the video quality is sick! The sound on the video isn't great though. Read more ›
This camera encourages the use the P/A/S/M modes, rewarding you with great shots, which is good for…The controls are well thought out and the interface is really nice. T… Read more ›
The interface is improved with the addition of the two rings for controlling various settings like aperture, zoom, shutter speed, iso, etc... I disagree with the reviews… Read more ›
1) features (4/5): how about panoramic and hdr assist features 2) ease of use (5/5): The interface is very intuitive. The front and back rings allow quick change of… Read more ›
The screen on the back is very bright and easy to see at all times. The body is solid and all buttons work very nicely. The camera is great to hold. Read more ›
The interface is generally well thought out. It feels like an "enthusiast's" interface. Read more ›
Cropping, highlight, shadow,…Also, there is a quick fix button that improves the exposure balance on most photos and doesn't blow out the skin tones in the process. It… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

447 of 465 people found the following review helpful By Ray TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 29, 2009
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Early Impressions

I was delighted to have finally received my Powershot S90, and without further adieu, let me say that this is one heck of a camera. It's not perfect -- you can take truly terrible pictures with it just like you can take terrible pictures with a D700 -- but when used properly, the camera turns out remarkable shots that make us find it hard to accept the images are coming from a camera that fits in your pants pocket.

What struck me first upon using it? First, it's size. This thing is small, and it's light, too. It's a bit smaller than my Panasonic TZ3 and TZ5, and it's lighter, too. (The camera uses a front and back metal construction with plastic on the top and bottom, but the Panasonic's, while also using metal, use a thicker gauge steel which adds a feel of sturdiness but also adds some weight, as well). The camera also has a high-quality feel to it. The buttons click and depress well (although the rear wheel is a bit too easy to turn, in my opinion). It has a rounded shape, so it feels comfortable in the hands, and when you stick it in your pocket, it will slide right in and out without snagging. The screen on this thing is simply gorgeous: why can't every camera have a screen like this? It's large, bright, and pretty high in resolution (461,000 pixels). You can't help but admire the camera's design once you get looking at it and using it.

Next, the camera seems to perform well in terms of speed and overall operational use. The screen has the typical lag when taking shots, but you can adjust this somewhat in the menu system to speed things up, and quite frankly, every small camera I've ever owned exhibits this behavior.
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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful By surfbum on December 1, 2009
Be warned, I am a self professed camera geek. I believe cameras are like surfboards; you need a quiver of surfboards/cameras for the right wave/job.

The Canon S90 is - by far - my new "go to" pocket camera and the one I will always carry with me in my flight bag. I have been using it for just about a month now and after a couple thousand shots, only now am I getting comfortable with its functionality. This is NOT the camera to buy your mother-in-law for Christmas. She will never speak to you again.

My other cameras are:

Canon 7D - with 'L' series lenses.
Pentax W60 (waterproof) - for surfing, sailing, biking, hiking, skiing and handing to the kids to beat each other with over the head.
Canon SD980 - which was my *quality* pocket camera but will now be relegated purely to U/W scuba photography (since I own the U/W case anyway and would live in fear that my S90 meets the same fate as my S80 and gets flooded shark diving in Tahiti).

Here's the deal with the new Canon S90: If you are willing to delve into the sub menus and experiment it will become a very, very powerful camera in your arsenal. It can do anything the G11 can do but because of the size you might have to work a little harder initially to figure out the functionality curve. It's like flying. Once your familiar with the controls (which takes awhile) the interface becomes transparent and you can make it do just about anything you want. But it will take a lot of tinkering. No lie.

I'll leave the critique on picture quality for the professional sites but will just offer this: the results are very good for the size of the camera.
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168 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Enche Tjin on October 22, 2009
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Canon S90 IS is one of Canon high-end / advanced Canon Powershot compact camera. Its unique characteristics are slim, low profile body with great noise control in high ISO plus 28-105mm f/2-f/4.9 bright zoom lens. The other advantage is the camera is very pocket able. It fits in your jeans' pocket.

IMAGE QUALITY AND ISO

Canon S90 IS has 1/1.7' sensor size which is slighty smaller compare to its main competitor, Panasonic LX3 (1/1.63"). From my test, S90 IS image quality is very good across focal length but dynamic range (the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of an image) is limited . This is also a problem most of digital camera out there, but S90 is slightly worse compared to competitors.

However, regarding noise control and handling, S90 IS is excellent. The new algorithm works very well to reduce or erase most (if not all) chroma-noises which degrade image quality significantly. Image shot at ISO 1600 is very usable for regular print and web.

BODY & HANDLING

Canon S90 IS has a slim, low profile look, so it is very good for street photography. It does not attract attention like digital SLR camera.

For control, it has two main dials, both of them are round. One is located in the lens, and the back of the camera. The back dials also function as four way buttons. This design is similar to Samsung WB1000 design.

Front ring dial can be customized for several options: adjust aperture/shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, manual focus, white balance or zoom. The front dial is not like zoom barrel in the lens, it is not smooth, instead, it has several stops point. There will be a "click" sound to let you know if you hit the stop.

I usually use the lens dial to zoom.
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