Updated (February 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot S90 vs Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot S90 vs Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot S90

52

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Really small
Size
Compact (100×58×31 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S90.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.

competitors

Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$650

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$379

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$293

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Much narrower aperture

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$200

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Size Much larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$700

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Much larger
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$379

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Zoom Less zoom

discussion

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Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (3:40 PM, May 02, 2010)
From what I've read the image quality in the SX210 is good. The zoom would definitely be nice.

I don't think the 10 and 14 megapixels make any difference at all. Two reasons: a) 6-8 megapixels is enough for most uses, even large prints b) cameras have reached a limit where adding more megapixels doesn't increase quality/resolution because the sensors are so small.

Yes I think to get good results with the S90 you'd have to read the manual and learn some :)
 
Guest (3:32 PM, May 02, 2010)
I haven't had time to read through properly, but from your description on s90, s90 sounds interesting. But without knowing how to play with the setting, I'll probably end up with normal results, rite?. I'm not sure how pictures from sx210 looks like but the zoom and fish eye effect thing caught my attention. my concern is just if the quality of picture from sx210 is good or just as same like my previous canon ixus (an old model, i drop it and thinking to repair). if it is about the same, i would prefer to buy s90. my main objective is just to buy a compact camera that is easy to carry around and take good pictures. does 10 and 14mega pixels makes big difference?
 
Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (1:35 PM, May 01, 2010)
These are two quite different cameras.

I'd call the Canon SX210 a travel zoom, it is small but boasts 14x zoom, great for taking pictures of further away subjects, say your kids playing a sport, or animals on safari. It also does HD 720p movies, which would be great if you have a HD television to view them on.

I'd call the Canon S90 an advanced user camera - it hardly has any zoom which I think most people would find quite limiting, but it has a wide aperture (f/2.0) great for blurring the background and shooting in low light, also it has a larger sensor than most cameras, probably giving it better image quality overall especially in low light (high ISO).

I'd recommend the SX210 for most users, and the S90 for professionals looking for a point and shoot, or people who are into photography for photography's sake (e.g. want to play with the settings, take difficult low light shots etc).