Canon PowerShot S90 Review

4.5
November 10, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

 

Type

1/1.7” CCD

Effective Pixels

Approx.10.0M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

 

Type

DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology

LENS

 

Focal Length

6.0 - 22.5 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm)

Zoom

Optical 3.8x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined approx. 15x

Maximum f/number

f/2.0-f/4.9

Construction

7 elements in 6 groups (2 double-sided aspherical elements including 1 UA element)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (shift-type)

FOCUSING

 

Type

TTL

AF System/ Points

AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)

AF Modes

Single, Continuous (only available in Auto mode), Servo AF/AE¹

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

On/Off Selectable

AF Assist Beam

Yes

Manual Focus

Yes

Focus Bracketing

Yes

Closest Focusing Distance

5cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

 

Metering modes

Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)

AE Lock

Yes

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction

AEB

1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments

ISO sensitivity*

AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200

SHUTTER

 

Speed

1 - 1/1600 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/1600 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

 

Type

TTL

Settings

Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom.
White Balance Correction

LCD MONITOR

 

Monitor

3.0” PureColor LCD II (TFT), approx. 461,000 dots

Coverage

100%

Brightness

Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

FLASH

 

Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On / Off

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

Built-in Flash Range

50cm-6.5m (W) / 2.5m (T)

External Flash

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

 

Modes

Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Low Light¹, SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap, Nostalgic, Stitch Assist), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology

Photo Effects

My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

Drive modes

Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 0.9 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

 

Image Size

(L & RAW) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 20%4, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)

Compression

Fine, Normal

Movies

640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps

Movie Length

Up to 4GB or 1 hour¹

FILE TYPES

 

Still Image Type

JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

Movies

MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]

DIRECT PRINT

 

Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)

PictBridge

Yes

OTHER FEATURES

 

Red-Eye Correction

Yes, during shooting and playback

My Camera / My Menu

Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation

My Category

Image tagging feature

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Histogram

Yes

Playback Zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

 

Computer

Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)

Other

HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

 

Type

SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

 

PC & Macintosh

Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5

SOFTWARE

 

Browsing & Printing

ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Other

PhotoStitch

Image Manipulation

Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

POWER SOURCE

 

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L (NB-6L battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 220 shots¹
Approx. 300 min. playback

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40

ACCESSORIES

 

Cases / Straps

Soft Case DCC-1400

Waterproof / Weatherproof Case

Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC35, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

Flash

High Power Flash HF-DC1

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE

Other

Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions)

100.0 x 58.4 x 30.9 mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 175g
 

Zoom

¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.

AF Modes

¹ Some settings limit availability

Modes

¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).

Continuous Shooting

¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Movie Length

¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Battery life

¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.

 

* Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

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