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The Powershot S90 is a solid camera. Cosmetically, it is very eye appeasing... slick, clean, professional. It's also extremely small and light but high quality and sturdy at the same time. Not only does it feel perfect in the hands, but it can take a very nice shot as well. Battery life is decent. It uses a lightweight, rechargeable, lithium battery (NB-6L).
In fact, the pictures the S90 have produced are by far the best any pocket sized camera has made for me. I'm into macro photography and this camera suits my needs when I can't afford to lug around my main camera with big lenses and whatnot.
As far as cons...
The zoom is a bit low at 3.8X. This is pretty standard for a camera of this size, just make sure you can live with it.
The battery, while light and useful, is proprietary and you'll want to purchase at least one additional as a backup between charges. They cost 10-40£ depending on multiple factors.
Definitely one of the better compact cameras I've owned. It does feel a bit 'rushed-to-market' though, eg:
- if you have manual focus selected, as soon as the camera 'sleeps' it goes back to auto focus.
- some kind of manual focus 'yes, in focus' light would be good.
- the back dial is very easy to move accidentally (eg. it will change settings when you pick it up).
- not quite 100% quality construction (bits move a little around the flash area, as well as dial mentioned above).
- the front focus ring is useful, but again, not 100% thought through. eg. to change the setting you have to multi-click a button on the top which is exactly the same as the on/off button - easy to turn it off by accident. Also it becomes a lot of clicking to shift between things (eg. you want to edit the white balance and then iso = around 10 clicks, assuming you don't miss the right 'stop'. Surely it would have been better to be able to use the front dial itself to change the functions, either with a push or pull 'button' in the dial, or using the dial itself while pressing the 'function button'.
But, having said all that, it is still a great little camera, fits in pockets easily and tales great photos. Recommended!
Most compact camera only give you fairly limited control of the photos you are taking, relying on the camera to pick the best settings for the situation. Whilst in most cases this is fine, there are plenty of situations where being able to control things such as shutter speed and aperture, and being able to shoot in raw format, will enable a much better and more creative picture to be taken. The Powershot S90 is one of a very small range of compact cameras that give you this type of features, normally only found on larger DSLR cameras.
For the price of this camera, you probably could get a low end DSLR, but it is often not convenient to carry a camera of that size. Whilst slightly larger than some less well specified compact cameras, the S90 is easily pocketable so you can keep it with you for whenever you might want it. The camera feels well built and looks smart, with a large and good quality LCD screen, and plenty of buttons to give quick access to the settings you might want to adjust. The automatic popup flash is a nice touch, as is the SLR like control ring around the lens which can be set to adjust several different settings.
The picture quality is great, and the fact the Canon has gone for a sensible 10 megapixels certainly helps, allowing the camera better low-light performance than many compacts which try to fit too many pixels on a tiny sensor. The RAW format support means even if you don't get the perfect photo, you have a lot more scope for adjusting/correcting it than if it was only a JPEG.
If you don't have any real interest in photography and just want to let the camera take the pictures this probably isn't the camera for you, but if you like to have some control and experiment a bit then it's a great choice.
This camera is ideal for carrying around on holiday, as its pocket size and it takes clear photographs and is easy to use.
Point and shoot is great as the if your used to using manual camera's you can set it in the mode by turning off the pre set programmes and use it like the maual camera as the lens can be adjusted by a ring around the edge of the lens.
It can be used in different lighting and can be set to flash at low light or if your inside taking pictures and it reduces blur so if your like me and still practising at photography then this is a good asset to the camera.
It will however set you back at a heavy price of from £295 to £359 depending on where you buy it from, it always pays to shop around as the price range is quite a differnce from the lower price to the higher one, so look carefully before buying.
I like to carry a camera around with me on holiday as the views you come across can be captured easily and saved onto your computer when you get home as its easy to upload them with this camera.
It has 10.0 megapixels an optical sensor for better picture taking a light sensor for if your indoors or in the shade or taking pictures at dusk.
It also has face detection which I love as I'm the kind of person who aims a camera at people and chops their heads off, I don't know why but it sometimes happens, maybe is because I move the camera at the last minute of taking the photo.
It is automatic and manual, with built in flash, microphone if you using the video on anyone and has rechargable battery.
For the price of this compact lightweight little camera its a good deal, as most camera's of this kind are in the same price range, so it isn't such a shocking price to pay for what you get.
I like the camera, its easy to use takes good quality clear pictures and I'm happy to use it alongside of my computer which has windows xp and stores my pictures in a file for me once uploaded via the USB port.
If your looking for a camera then this is one to concider buying.
Have fun x