Summary Canon S90

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Specifications Key specs
Help 3.8x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/2
Screen resolution
Help 461k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 480p @ 30fps
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Canon PowerShot S90Canon PowerShot S90


Canon has replaced the PowerShot S90 with the S95.

Canon PowerShot S95
Canon PowerShot S95 announced August 2010
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range

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  • Low light
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  • Short film
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The Canon S90 vs other recent pro digicams

Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Weight Very light Help
198 g
Size Really small Help
Compact (100×58×31 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Canon S90 vs other recent pro digicams

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
185 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11 EV
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Announced Old Help
August 2009
External flash No external flash Help
Less expandable
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds
Sensor size Small sensor Help
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
Movie format Low resolution movies Help
480p @ 30fps
Color depth Less color depth Help
20.2 bits
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
461k dots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
0.9 fps
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
220 shots
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/1600 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Canon PowerShot S90
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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:19 PM, November 29, 2010)
Some comments from Nhan Ngo:

I have the S95 and I'm a picky person. Here are some of my cons right down to the last detail:

-Battery lasts only 150-200 shots. I got a $20 aftermarket battery which has saved me on some occasions
-Nice f/2 aperture at wide, but only f/4.9 telephoto... which is not good compared to other pro compacts
-Pop-up flash not in an ideal location because that's where your finger is gripping
-Rear control ring still a little loose despite being improved from the S90. I still inadvertently nudge it, which changes the exposure bias.
-No hand grip which makes holding it feel less secure. I got a $35 custom handgrip, vastly improving handling and still looks great.
-Included wrist strap is loose and doesn't firmly secure to your wrist. I replaced it with a $1 black Nintendo Wii wrist strap.

Hope this helps!
Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (1:20 AM, June 30, 2010)
I suspect you're right sugaroni, a comparison of the S90 vs G10 shows they have the same sized sensor, both have a 1/1.7" sized sensors which is a step up from almost all the other small cameras.


Also, see all the large sensor small cameras:
Avatar for WellAppointedDesk WellAppointedDesk (1:06 AM, June 30, 2010)
If I'm not mistaken, the S90 uses the exact same sensor as the Canon G10 -- in a smaller package -- so it also has excellent image quality for something so small.