As well as being compared against other pro digicams and compacts, the Canon PowerShot S90 is also often compared to travel zooms, mirrorless and digicams. The Canon PowerShot S90's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot S120 and the PowerShot G7) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LX3 and the Lumix DMC-LX5)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, compared to other pro digicam competitors the Canon S90 has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.9 fps vs 6 fps).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
4 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the S90)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the S90)

  • None found

common strengths of the S120 and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
1 year older
$778

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 220 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the S90)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year newer
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 220 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the S90)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X
6 years newer
$391

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the S90)

  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the S90)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot G9 X and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
2 years newer
$382

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the S90)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the S90)

  • None found

common strengths of the S100 and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year newer
$315

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the S90)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the S90)

  • None found

common strengths of the S95 and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S90 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2 vs f/3.5), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a marginally larger sensor (1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (100×58×31 mm) vs super compact (102×55×20 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is thicker (1.2" vs 0.9"), is slightly heavier (198 g vs 155 g) and is slightly more expensive ($479.00 vs $158.00).

Leica C-LUX 2

Leica C-LUX 2
2 years older

Significant advantages of the C-LUX 2 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.2"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the C-LUX 2 (vs the S90)

  • Narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the C-LUX 2 and S90

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cybershot WX7

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the WX7 (vs the S90)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the WX7 (vs the S90)

  • None found

common strengths of the WX7 and S90

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Casio Exilim EX-FS10

Casio Exilim EX-FS10
7 months older

Significant advantages of the EX-FS10 (vs the S90)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (102×55×20 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.2"

Significant disadvantages of the EX-FS10 (vs the S90)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the EX-FS10 and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.2"

Canon PowerShot SD750

Canon PowerShot SD750
2 years older
$158

Significant advantages of the SD750 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (92×57×20 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.2"

Significant disadvantages of the SD750 (vs the S90)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2

common strengths of the SD750 and S90

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
2 years older

Significant advantages of the SD850 IS (vs the S90)

  • Thinner: 1" vs 1.2"
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD850 IS (vs the S90)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the SD850 IS and S90

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Pentax Optio W60

Pentax Optio W60
1 year older
$398

Significant advantages of the W60 (vs the S90)

  • Waterproof
  • Significantly thinner: 1" vs 1.2"

Significant disadvantages of the W60 (vs the S90)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the W60 and S90

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.2"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S90 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2 vs f/3.5).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3.8x vs 18x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
6 years newer
$179 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the S90)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly more zoom: 25x vs 3.8x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the S90)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.2 vs f/2

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and S90

  • Very small: Compact (97×57×28 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.2"
  • Very light: 182 g vs 198 g

Leica V-LUX 20

Leica V-LUX 20
8 months newer

Significant advantages of the V-LUX 20 (vs the S90)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the V-LUX 20 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2

common strengths of the V-LUX 20 and S90

  • Fairly small: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.2"
  • Very light: 218 g vs 198 g

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
1 year newer
$360

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the S9100 and S90

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×62×35 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.2"
  • Very light: 214 g vs 198 g

Ricoh CX3

Ricoh CX3
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the CX3 (vs the S90)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the CX3 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the CX3 and S90

  • Very small: Compact (102×58×29 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.2"
  • Very light: 206 g vs 198 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ5 (vs the S90)

  • Much longer battery life: 300 shots vs 220 shots
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ5 (vs the S90)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2
  • Thicker: 1.4" vs 1.2"

common strengths of the DMC-TZ5 and S90

  • Fairly small: Compact (103×59×36 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.2"
  • Light weight: 245 g vs 198 g

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
4 years newer
$359

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the S90)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly longer battery life: 290 shots vs 220 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the S90)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2

common strengths of the SX600 HS and S90

  • Very small: Compact (104×61×26 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1.2"
  • Very light: 188 g vs 198 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S90 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is slightly smaller (compact (100×58×31 mm) vs standard size (120×83×47 mm)), is thinner (1.2" vs 1.9") and is slightly lighter (198 g vs 390 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 15.9 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the S90)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the S90)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Heavier: 390 g vs 198 g

common strengths of the E-M10 II and S90

  • Fairly small: Standard size (120×83×47 mm) vs Compact (100×58×31 mm)
  • Light weight: 390 g vs 198 g
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.2"

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S90 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2 vs f/2.8), has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 207k dots) and is newer (august 2009 vs september 2006).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel), doesn't support an external flash and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2500 of a second).

Canon PowerShot G7

Canon PowerShot G7
2 years older
$553

Significant advantages of the G7 (vs the S90)

  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2500 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the G7 (vs the S90)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the G7 and S90

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens