Canon Powershot S90 hands on mini review


UPDATED (see photos below) Today my local camera store received a shipment of the new Canon Powershot S90 advanced point-and-shoots. Naturally I had to check it out for myself. Canon has once again released a drool worthy pocket camera with a ton of pro features packed in. I am mainly going to talk about the feel and the practical functionality of the camera. If you want image samples search the web. I will inevitably post a few but for right now this will be pretty short. But in case you are living under a bridge in Evergreen here are the main features:

  • 28-105mm F2.0-4.9 stabilized lens
  • control ring around the lens (more on this later)
  • 3 inch LCD with 461k resolution
  • metal body outer construction
  • Digic 4 processor for noise reduction
  • extensive manual controls and RAW
  • SD card slot, etc., etc.
  • DUDE, f2.0 at 28mm!!!!

The camera has an old skool, boxy feel to it. The outside case is almost entirely black and metal with a few well placed logos/symbols. The flash resides under a small door on the top, left side. The flash is raised and lowered by navigating through menus or automatically in program mode. The flash seems to be pushed into place by a small motor so it will have to be seen whether or not it will survive a ton of actuations. I probably won’t even use it.


On the back of the camera, you have a large 3 inch LCD but no optical viewfinder. I have a feeling that the optical viewfinder on point and shoot cameras is probably dead. I own a Canon Powershot G10 which does have one but I rarely use it. You also will find the standard multi-control dial, 4 buttons and access to the top control mode selection dial. Near the top right, there is a small thumb grip to get a better handle on the camera. I believe this could have been better designed. It looks and feels a little too shallow for me but is probably deep enough for most people. I would have liked to have seen a small rubber piece or more of a hook shaped grip instead. That is really my only gripe with the design of the camera so far.


The control ring around the lens is fantastic. With each turn it easily clicks into place and has a sturdy feel. It rotates left or right and can be set to operateĀ  functions such as zoom, shutter speed, f stop, focus, ISO and exposure compensation. There is a slight delay between each click but it doesn’t seem to get in the way of shooting. Overall its a fun, sturdy little camera that you can pocket easily (more easily than a G10) and make great photos with.

UPDATED: a few more photos of the camera in hand so you can get a better idea of the size and shape.




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