CANON POWERSHOT S90 - Large aperture (f2), very good low-light quality, RAW mode

It’s been fi ve years since the launch of the PowerShot S80. The PowerShot S90, though, is more than just a redesigned version of its predecessor. The camera off ers functionality and usability that hasn’t been implemented in any S-series camera before it.

The S90 looks like any other compact digital camera around, but comes with a few minor, but helpful, changes. For starters, it comes with a control ring that sits around the lens. The control ring can be used to zoom in and out, or you can assign functions such as ISO, exposure value, focus, and white balance to it. The button placements are typical of any Canon camera, though the jog dial felt too smooth, and with the thumb getting in the way, inadvertent changes in settings are likely when shooting.

The PowerShot S90 comes with a total of 25 shooting modes, with a special scene mode comprising a decent 17 preset scenes. The camera also features a special ‘low light’ mode that lets you take pictures without the need of the fl ash and comes with an ISO sensitivity of an insane 12500.

On the performance front, the PowerShot S90 was just about average and nothing over the top. The camera did tend to liven up the colors a little bit, but didn’t go overboard with it. There is also a visible amount of color bleeding when scaled to a full 100 percent. Overall, image sharpness was pretty ordinary, since objects at a distance appeared faded and washed out. The S90’s USP lies in not only its ability to shoot in RAW, but also in its low light mode that produces very good results even at ISO 5000.

The Canon PowerShot S90 is no SLR alternative, but is just another compact camera with a few extra features. While it does come with a rather hefty high price tag of Rs. 26,995, its overall feature set and good low light image quality help it stand apart.

Specifications of Canon PowerShot S90:
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 100 x 58.4 x 30.9 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • Resolution: 10 MP
  • Focal length (35mm equiv): 28 - 105 mm; Aperture range: f2 – f4.9
  • Shutter range: 15 - 1/1600

1 comment:

  1. donde puedo adquirir en estas fechas(abril 2012) una de estas canon S90. parece descatalogada. Gracias