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Great image quality, poor ergonomics
on April 12, 2010
The image quality of the s90 is excellent for a compact digital camera. The feature set, high ISO performance (not as good as a dslr) and small size are big pluses.
For many, including myself, the ergonomics of the s90 are very poor. Most notable is the pesky, free-wheeling rear control dial that moves easily and inadvertently at the slightest touch. Unless you're in auto mode(s), settings change and can mess up photos unless you monitor them. The rear control dial has been criticized in numerous camera reviews and by many s90 owners.
Though the camera has many good points, imho the rear dial is a major flaw. While there is not any other camera I'm interested in at this time, I will get rid of my s90 as soon as Canon addresses this problem in the next sXX. Or I will consider another compact camera with a large sensor such as those made by Panasonic.
If you're considering buying the s90 be sure to try one before you do. See if you can live with its rear control dial, the placement of the pop-up flash and slick surface.