camera powershot s90Camera review Canon PowerShot S90
Canon is back in the market with the brand new S90, the most recent model of the S line, a dynamic, elegant and fun to use. It is targeted both for amateur and photography enthusiasts, and also for those who are looking for a more advanced featured camera, resembling the functionality of a SLR yet, in a compact format, providing the user with excellent controls for semi manual modes.

With an excellent optic and the already known outstanding picture quality from Canon, this camera is a hefty competitor for all the other similar models in the same class.

Design and specifications
Measuring a little less than 4” in width and a very slim design (only 1.2 inches) and with a weight of about 7 ounces, this camera fits perfectly in every pocket and with it’s CCD sensor, it is ready for any situation in moments after turning it on.

Although the design may seem simple and minimalist, the designers have focused more in the functions, and excellent wide-angle objective with a f2-4.9 objective, equivalent to a 28-105 mm lens.

In the back of the body there is a 3 inch LCD with an impressive resolution of 461 thousand dots. Although it lacks a viewfinder, the screen is more than enough to have a live view of the picture before is taken, delivering a sharp and clear image.

An innovation in the design is the multifunctional rotating ring. Working together with the Control Dial located on the back of the camera body, it is possible to change settings rapidly, allowing the switch between exposure compensation or semi manual modes easy and fast, ready for any situation.

Functionality and capabilities
The Canon PowerShot S90 has a  0.59 inch (diagonally) Sensor, is capable of producing sharp pictures, double letter or A3 sized.
It has a wide variety of ISO sensitivities, ranging from 80 to full 3200, and also an auto mode to let the camera choose the best sensitivity according to the light situation present. However, the camera is an special mode, Low Light, that reduces the image size to 2.5 Mb (1824×1368 pixel) but allows for an extreme 12,800 ISO sensitivity.

Found in almost every compact digital camera nowadays, the White balance adds an “underwater” option and a custom mode.

The different shooting modes are the ever found Automatic, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Fully Manual, Scene, Low light and Movie.

Unfortunately, this camera, being able to save VGA-quality movies only, lacks a High Definition video recording capability, which slowly is becoming an industry standard and may hinder some users or make them unhappy. It also doesn’t allow the user to zoom while recording. Despite this, the camera has a mini-HMDI and a USB/AV covered outputs on the right side of the body.

Image Processing
The S90 comes with a DIGIC 4 image processor, the best of it’s class. With a noise-reduction improvement, it allows the camera to take pictures in otherwise low-light situations. It is particularly useful when taking portraits or landscapes.

There are different color effects programed for the final pictures: Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone and a custom mode.

The Canon PowerShot S90 will leave many photographers happy. With the wide range of functions, the user has control or can let the camera choose the best mode each time. In every case, the S90 is the perfect camera for amateur or advanced photographers looking for a pocket size, high quality and reliable camera.

Video Review: Canon PowerShot S90

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