Canon s90

Canon s90: notable features

Written by Gail Bjork

The Canon s90 has several features of particular interest to advanced photographers and for those looking for a small digital camera that does well in low light.

Canon s90The Canon s90 has several notable features of particular interest to advanced photographers looking for a small, lightweight camera that can be easily and conveniently carried just about anywhere they go.

The Canon s90 has a large sensor and fast lens. It’s excellent exposure system is capable of producing sharp images with true-to-life color and accurate skin tones.

Noteworthy s90 features:

  • Lightweight and pocketable – – easy to carry around; fits in a shirt pocket but may be a bit awkward. Pants, coat pocket or purse are more suitable. The s90 weighs in at only 6.2 ounces but is a slight larger (3.9 x 2.3 x 1.9″) and less rounded than many Canon SD subcompact cameras.
  • Larger sensor than most compact digital cameras- 10 megapixel, 1/1.7″ CCD.
  • High ISO performance – though not DSLR quality, the camera does exceptionally well up to ISO 800; even ISO 1600 shots are usable. It does better than any of the many compact digital cameras I’ve owned.
  • 3″ very bright wide-angle LCD (but no viewfinder)
  • Ring Function button – the button is located on top of the camera near the shutter release button. It lets you assign a setting to the lens control ring such as ISO, Exposure Compensation, White Balance, Manual focus, or five step zoom settings.
  • Lens control ring– used to assign functions to the control ring.
  • Full manual, semi-automatic and scene modes.
  • AE/AF Lock – lock exposure and focus independently by pressing the Control Wheel to one side. You can also dedicate the Shortcut button to either of these functions. AE/AF Lock works with the built-in flash.
  • Effective optical image stabilization – shoot only, continuous, panning.
  • Focus point has two settings: standard to small. The small AF point allows for more precise focusing.
  • RAW file format – the camera can be set to shoot RAW. In addition, there is a secondary menu setting so the camera will shoot RAW plus JPEG simultaneously.
  • Motorized, pop-up flash – the flash is quite effective for a small flash and gives good coverage at wide angle. Depending on the shooting angle, red-eye can be a problem. The flash will push your finger up if you hold the camera at the top.
  • Auto detection – Automatic face, motion and Smart Auto scene detection
  • HC MMCplus memory card compatibility. Users can use memory cards from cameras, phones and similar devices.

Visit Gail’s pbase gallery for sample photos taken with the Canon s90.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.