Canon Powershot S90

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Another new compact camera announced by Canon this week is the Canon PowerShot S90 .

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The Canon PowerShot S90 features a 10 megapixel image sensor (CCD), 3.8x optical zoom (28-105mm equivalent )lens with image stabilization and a 3 inch LCD. The lens comes with a control ring around it allowing control over some exposure settings.

The PowerShot S90 also features Digic 4 image processing, a dual anti-noise reduction system, full manual control and the ability to shoot in RAW. In many ways this is a Canon PowerShot G11 in a smaller body and without the longer focal range of the G11.

The Canon PowerShot S90 is available at Amazon for pre-ordering at a price of $429.95.

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Canon PowerShot S90 News Release

Today Canon announces the PowerShot S90 – marking the return of the Canon PowerShot S-series.   The PowerShot S90 continues the PowerShot S-series tradition with impressive, fully manual features that deliver excellent image quality and user experience, including:

Canon’s Dual Anti-Noise System with an f/2.0 wide-angle lens, a 3.0 inch, PureColor II LCD display and an intuitive new lens Control Ring.

Exceptional image quality in all conditions
The PowerShot S90 features Canon’s Dual Anti-Noise System, combining a high sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel image sensor with Canon’s enhanced DIGIC 4 image processor. Photographers can capture full resolution images – even in tricky lighting conditions – with the Dual Anti-Noise System taking maximum advantage of the available light, while substantially reducing image noise.

This is particularly useful in low-light portrait and landscape photography, where users are able to shoot high quality full resolution images even at ISO 3200. DIGIC 4 also includes an enhanced version of i-Contrast: Canon’s Intelligent Contrast Correction technology, which delivers a wider dynamic range to reduce high-light blowout while retaining low-light detail.

The f/2.0 Advantage

Canon has fitted the PowerShot S90 with a wide aperture f/2.0 wide-angle lens to help photographers take full advantage of the Dual Anti-Noise System. The f/2.0 wide-angle lens allows twice as much light into the camera as an f/2.8 lens, enabling photographers to use faster shutter speeds to reduce blur or achieve a shallower depth of field.

The camera also includes Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which uses a lens-shift system to minimise camera shake and image blur – effectively giving photographers a 4-stop advantage over less capable cameras.

To help users capture the perfect shot, the PowerShot S90 includes a 3.0 inch LCD display, which features Canon’s PureColor II LCD technology. It enables users to frame and review images easily thanks to an exceptionally wide viewing angle, 461k dot resolution and great colour rendition.

Sophisticated performance, sensational ease of use
As befits a camera of this calibre, the PowerShot S90 features a wide range of powerful manual and automatic controls that give photographers creative freedom.

The PowerShot S90 features an intuitive lens Control Ring, which enables users to adjust the settings of various functions by twisting the selector at the base of the lens barrel to the left or right. The Control Ring can be used as a quasi-manual zoom offering a closer view of subjects in 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 105mm steps.

Additional settings can be assigned, such as ISO (in 1/3 stop increments), shutter, aperture, focus and exposure compensation – giving photographers a satisfyingly tactile experience. The Control Ring also helps enhance user interaction with the camera by offering fast, accurate scrolling through menus, functions and images. In new Nostalgic Mode the Control Ring can also be used to add an aged effect to the shot, from a subtle faded look to full grainy black and white.

Smarter Scene Detection

For more creative control, users can also choose from a variety of Scene Modes (SCN on the Control dial) that enable them to choose the best settings for particular shooting situations – ideal for creative effects or when shooting in difficult lighting. A new Low Light mode can help users capture reduced resolution 2.5 Megapixel images in very dim light at ISO speeds of up to ISO 12800 and at a fast 2.4 frames per second.

Photographers can also choose from a range of creative modes including Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE, Program AE, Manual and Custom modes. Choosing and using different camera settings is now even easier thanks to an improved menu navigation system, which includes ‘Hints & Tips’ on most settings and features.

The PowerShot S90 allows fine custom adjustment of the camera’s white balance settings – enabling compensation of different kinds of tungsten, fluorescent and other light conditions for perfect results every time.

For quick and easy snaps, the PowerShot S90 includes Smart Auto with Scene Detection Technology. This selects the scene type from 22 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output – a great asset to those who love to point-and-shoot without worrying about the technical details. Smart Auto now measures movement of objects or people in a scene, activating Servo AF/AE to ensure that the focus and exposure are locked onto a subject.

In addition, the PowerShot S90 offers RAW format shooting and support for Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, making it easy to integrate the camera into a user’s digital workflow. Users will also find it easy to share images captured on the camera with family and friends, thanks to an HDMI mini port, which enables the camera to be connected to a compatible TV using an optional cable.

With a strong heritage and impressive range of features the PowerShot S90 is the ideal compact camera for technology and photographic enthusiasts alike.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • I’d still rather have the Lumix LX3 that this is trying to emulate, but given the impossibility of getting one of those the S90 might do nicely . . .

  • i want one, just coz it looks cool. Don’t need it at all.

  • Juan

    I pre-bought one already and I have great hopes for this camera. I have the G10 and had a Lumix X1 and find that they are still too big. This one has all the functions I need (love the idea of the control ring) even if I would have loved a 24 mm lens. I think the F/2.0 at wide angle will be a winner.

    Check this review from someone who has played with a prototype…
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/s90.htm

  • tom

    Great! I’m still using the S80 as I was waiting for a worthy replacement… here we have an f/2 lens, 10mp sensor (that’s good for noise… finally Canon understood that it’s crazy to put more than 10 mp on such tiny sensors), full manual control, the return of raw and… the ring! Was it so difficult to do? Every photo enthusiast will like the ring! Why did we have to wait so many years to have it in a compact?
    Sadly, the optical viewfinder has gone, but nobody is perfect…

  • Thank, Big Photo and information is nice.
    Wow! Wide aperture f/2.0 wide-angle lens.

  • Got an LX3 before but the menu interface isn’t for me.. i changed it to a Canon S90 and never looked back!

Some Older Comments

  • MisterSimbol May 12, 2010 05:39 pm

    Got an LX3 before but the menu interface isn't for me.. i changed it to a Canon S90 and never looked back!

  • Kokoro September 29, 2009 11:55 pm

    Thank, Big Photo and information is nice.
    Wow! Wide aperture f/2.0 wide-angle lens.

  • tom August 29, 2009 06:19 am

    Great! I'm still using the S80 as I was waiting for a worthy replacement... here we have an f/2 lens, 10mp sensor (that's good for noise... finally Canon understood that it's crazy to put more than 10 mp on such tiny sensors), full manual control, the return of raw and... the ring! Was it so difficult to do? Every photo enthusiast will like the ring! Why did we have to wait so many years to have it in a compact?
    Sadly, the optical viewfinder has gone, but nobody is perfect...

  • Juan August 26, 2009 12:47 pm

    I pre-bought one already and I have great hopes for this camera. I have the G10 and had a Lumix X1 and find that they are still too big. This one has all the functions I need (love the idea of the control ring) even if I would have loved a 24 mm lens. I think the F/2.0 at wide angle will be a winner.

    Check this review from someone who has played with a prototype...
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/s90.htm

  • Jonathan August 24, 2009 10:05 am

    i want one, just coz it looks cool. Don't need it at all.

  • RussHeath August 24, 2009 02:07 am

    I'd still rather have the Lumix LX3 that this is trying to emulate, but given the impossibility of getting one of those the S90 might do nicely . . .

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