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Canon PowerShot S90 10MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (OLD MODEL)
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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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|Item Dimensions||2.3 x 3.94 x 1.22 in||1.1 x 3.9 x 2.36 in||5.5 x 6.3 x 2.2 in||5.7 x 6.3 x 2.3 in||3.9 x 1.2 x 2.3 in||1.41 x 2.51 x 4.32 in|
|Item Weight||6.88 ounces||7.04 ounces||1.1 lbs||—||7.2 ounces||0.54 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.3 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (240, 30 fps)||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1080p||1920 x 1280 (59.94 fps / 29.97 fps)|
|Viewfinder||None||None||fixed LCD||LCD||fixed LCD||fixed LCD|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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ADVANTAGES OF S90 Over SD4000
1. Better picture quality.
2. Lots of manual controls.
3. Can capture images in RAW mode, allowing you lot more editing and image manipulation options.
ADVANTAGES OF SD4000 Over S90
1. HD video recording.
2. Slow motion video recording.
3. Some extra image effects like miniaturization and fish eye.
4. Slightly smaller size.
5. Native Eye-Fi support. But Eye-Fi card also works in S90.
6. I found a little better low light performance.
If you are looking for an excellent still image point & shoot camera and do not care that much about HD video then go for S90, which is really a prosumer camera designed for advanced amateur. But if you want an all in one, simple to use camera with ability to shoot good still pictures and HD video, then SD4000 is your camera.
The Canon S90 "just works." It's so small, light, and easy to use, that I always have it with me and always get great image quality. (You don't get great pictures if the camera's too bothersome to bring along.)
Panasonic's LX3 is the one other compact that matches S90 image quality--But the LX3's a little too big for my pockets and its low light images are noisier. What the LX3 DOES offer are much wider angle images (24mm--18mm with adapter lens, vs. the S90's 28mm). For wide and ultra-wide angle shooting, I use the LX3--For everything else (convenience, and low light) I use the S90. Both cameras are excellent.
The S90 (and LX3) are the ONLY compacts with image quality good enough to blend into my Nikon D700 "slide shows."
Finally, a HUGE plus, the S90 (and LX3) shoot in RAW, not just JPEG. Their RAW format lets me do AMAZING things with their images in digital editors like Adobe Camera Raw/Photoshop, Nikon Capture NX2, and DxO Optics Pro.
Here are some of the selling points of the camera and their shortcomings:
- Manual controls: while great, there are limitations like no Bulb mode, and no way to set the exposure for longer than 15 seconds.
- F/2.0 (and other aperture findings): f/2.0 only available at wide angle 6 mm (28 mm equivalent). All the way zoomed in at 105 mm equivalent that aperture is 4.9. While the large aperture is nice for low light, it has shortcomings when it comes down to the length of the depth of field (DOF) because of the small sensor size. It's usually a very long depth of field. At F/2.0 the DOF on this camera is the equivalent of the DOF at ~f/9.2 in a full frame camera. This might not be a limitation if you only plan to take story-telling photos in which everything can be seen clearly but if you want to create the perception of depth with a nice bokeh (the blurry parts) without macro-mode, forget it, it's no good.
- F/37 equivalent DOF for smallest aperture (f/8). Basically you get more details in less light so that's an advantage but be careful about the diffraction. At that tiny aperture diffraction eats up the sharpness like a big evil monster that it is.
- Sensor size: while bigger than most point-and-shoots and equivalent Nikons, it is still small.
- RAW mode - great to have RAW files from a camera this size.
- Fastest shutter speed is 1/1600 which is not enough in bright light or if you want to do HDR in very bright light.
- Speed - less than 1 frame per second is really slow. Kind of annoying capturing static images in action shots.
- AEB - Auto Exposure Bracketing - Nice that it has it but has issues. You can choose it in aperture priority mode but then the photo is metered and if you want to adjust the center exposure up or down, it doesn't move the whole bracket so you end up with something like +2 0 and -1 or +1 0 and -2. That can be adjusted by metering somewhere else in the photo (half press of the shutter button) and then re-composing while holding the shutter pressed half way down and taking the shot but it's still annoying.
- Focus points - you can only focus in the center or use face detection (lame). The above mentioned trick of focusing with the subject centered while holding the shutter button down half-way and then recomposing and completely pressing the button works.
- The dial on the front for manual controls - I really like this. I wish other cameras would have that too.
- Macro mode - you can't get close enough to the subject. The minimum focus distance is very far for good macro shots.
VERY high quality images
Custom button settings
What's not to love!?
One thing that the buyer needs to be aware of: debris (adhesive flakes, dirt, etc) tend to find their way into the sensor housing. This is problematic for 2 reasons:
1. Creates fog clouds/specs/imperfections on all of the images you take. That means a lot of Photoshop and Lightroom correction work. No bueno.
2. To "clean" the debris out requires that a camera expert dismantle the entire portion of the camera. This is a costly and tricky thing because the sensor/section/housing is glued together...so it has to be pried off.
I've had 2 of these and purchased them used. Each of them exhibited the same issue.