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Canon PowerShot S90 Digital Camera (10 Megapixel, 3.8 Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

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  • The power of an SLR in compact form
  • Superb image quality thanks to the new Dual Anti-Noise System and higher ISO speeds
  • Can shoot in RAW mode for unlimited creative options
  • High sensitivity 10 megapixel image sensor and 3.8x wide angle zoom with optical Image Stabilizer
  • 3.0" PureColor System LCD and Smart Auto with Scene Detection

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  • Item Weight: 177 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 3635B017AA
  • ASIN: B002LSI1I2
  • Date first available at 19 Aug. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,041 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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The pocket-sized powerhouse
The PowerShot S90 boasts an incredibly slim profile and lightweight body for pocket-sized convenience, yet packs in advanced capabilities that ensure every image is memorable - making it the perfect everyday camera for people who are serious about great photography. Image quality is superb thanks to the new Dual Anti-Noise System and higher ISO speeds, plus an exceptionally bright f/2.0 lens makes portraits and low-light shots come to life. Photography enthusiasts will love the new control ring at the base of the lens barrel, designed for intuitive, pro-style manual control, plus you can shoot in RAW mode for unlimited creative options. Other features include a high sensitivity 10 Megapixel image sensor, 3.8 x wide angle (28mm) zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS), which greatly reduces blur caused by camera shake, a 3.0" PureColor System LCD and Smart Auto with Scene Detection Technology.

The Dual Anti-Noise System offers a new low light mode which greatly improves dynamic range and noise reduction for brilliant results.

The Dual Anti-Noise System offers a new low
light mode which greatly improves dynamic
range and noise reduction for brilliant results.
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Dual Anti-Noise system to deal with any light conditions
Canon's new Dual Anti-Noise System expands the range of shooting and allows you to successfully shoot scenes that were previously difficult, particularly in low light conditions. It combines a High Sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel image sensor, which uses the latest technology to increase the area of each pixel on the sensor by approximately 45% and greatly improves the signal to noise ratio, with Canon's enhanced DIGIC 4 image processing technology for improved noise reduction.

The results are spectacular. Camera shake and subject blurring is reduced in dark scenes and flash effective distance is extended so even background of your shot can be reproduced brightly. In scenes with large differences in contrast the dynamic range is greatly improved and highlight blowout and loss of detail in shadows is reduced - for great looking pictures every time.

Overall the Dual Anti-Noise System offers a maximum noise reduction effect (and increase in quality) equivalent to 2-stops over previous models. The system also makes possible a new low light mode that automatically adjusts the maximum ISO speed from ISO 3200 to ISO 12800 so you can capture spectacular 2.5MP images in an astonishing range of difficult low-light conditions that were impossible to shoot before. This makes it easier than ever to take stunning low-light portraits or retain the ambient light detail with late-night landscapes.

The wide aperture f/2.0 lens allows you to creatively select the area of focus

The wide aperture f/2.0 lens allows you to
creatively select the area of focus
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The f/2.0 Lens Advantage
Canon has fitted the PowerShot S90 with a wide aperture f/2.0 wide-angle lens to help photographers take full advantage of the Dual Anti-Noise System. The f/2.0 wide-angle lens allows twice as much light into the camera as an f/2.8 lens, enabling photographers to use faster shutter speeds to reduce blur or achieve a shallower depth of field. This is perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. It also lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. You'll be ready for anything with a lens aperture larger than even many professional sizes.

Sophisticated performance, sensational ease of use
As suits a camera of this calibre, the PowerShot S90 features a wide range of powerful manual and automatic controls that give photographers creative freedom.

The PowerShot S90 includes an intuitive lens Control Ring, which enables users to adjust the settings of various functions by twisting the selector at the base of the lens barrel to the left or right. The Control Ring can be used like a manual zoom offering a closer view of subjects in 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 105mm steps. Additional settings can be assigned, such as ISO (in 1/3 stop increments), shutter, aperture, focus and exposure compensation - giving photographers a satisfyingly tactile experience. The Control Ring also helps enhance user interaction with the camera by offering fast, accurate scrolling through menus, functions and images. In new Nostalgic Mode the Control Ring can also be used to add an aged effect to the shot, from a subtle faded look to full grainy black and white.

Smarter Scene Detection
For more creative control, users can also choose from a variety of Scene Modes (SCN on the Control dial) that enable them to choose the best settings for particular shooting situations - ideal for creative effects or when shooting in difficult lighting.

Photographers can also choose from a range of creative modes including Aperture priority Auto Exposure (AE), Shutter priority AE, Program AE, Manual Control and Custom modes. Choosing and using different camera settings is now even easier thanks to an improved menu navigation system, which includes ‘Hints & Tips' on most settings and features.

The PowerShot S90 allows fine custom adjustment of the camera's white balance settings - enabling compensation of different kinds of tungsten, fluorescent and other light conditions for perfect results every time.

Advance Scene Detection Technology gets the best from difficult shooting conditions.

Advance Scene Detection Technology gets
the best from difficult shooting conditions.
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For quick and easy snaps, the PowerShot S90 includes Smart Auto with Scene Detection Technology. This selects the scene type from 22 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output - a great asset to those who love to point-and-shoot without worrying about the technical details. Smart Auto now measures movement of objects or people in a scene, activating Servo AF/AE to ensure that the focus and exposure are locked onto a subject.

Full creative control with RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot S90 allows you to shoot images in RAW mode, without JPEG compression. This gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.

Large, bright 3.0-inch LCD
To help users capture the perfect shot, the PowerShot S90 includes a large 3.0" LCD display, which features Canon's PureColor II LCD technology. It enables users to frame and review images easily thanks to an exceptionally wide viewing angle, 461k dot resolution and great colour rendition.

HDMI output for viewing still images on an HDTV
With the advanced PowerShot S90, you can capture breathtaking, high-resolution still images and impressive standard definition movies with ease. The camera also makes it simple to enjoy and share your stills and video movies with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor or HDTV, so every color and nuance can be appreciated like you intended them to be.

A world of advantages with Canon technology

The Optical Image Stabiliser automatically detects and corrects camera shake.

The Optical Image Stabiliser automatically
detects and corrects camera shake.
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Rich razor-sharp images - every time
The lens is the most important part of any imaging device and all Canon cameras incorporate lenses designed and manufactured by Canon to the most exacting standards - lenses based on over 60 years of experience for outstanding results.

The outstanding quality of Canon lenses is underscored by their use in most broadcast applications. For example programmes like Coronation Street, Casualty and X Factor and nature documentaries like The Blue Planet and Life, as well as the majority of outside broadcasts in the UK, are all recorded using Canon's state-of-the-art broadcast lenses.

Canon's market-leading Optical Image Stabiliser is a lens-shift system that automatically detects and corrects camera shake, whilst ensuring outstanding image quality. It can monitor for movement over 4,000 times per second, allowing handheld shooting at longer focal lengths and in lower light conditions without blur and  giving you steady, crisp, brilliant images you'll be proud to shoot and share. Pioneered by Canon for their EOS Digital SLR cameras in 1987 it is the fastest in-lens image stabiliser available on the market (twice as fast as the nearest competitor) and ensures the PowerShot range has a top quality pedigree.

The 3.8x wide-angle optical zoom lens on the PowerShot S90 lets you capture more image in every shot and adds more depth to your photography. Meanwhile a resolution of 10.0 Megapixels allows you to capture every scene in rich detail, ensuring oversize prints - even of cropped pictures - retain high image quality.

Canon's Intelligent Contrast Correction automatically adjusts for the best image

Canon's Intelligent Contrast Correction
automatically adjusts for the best image.
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Fast, intelligent processing even in tricky lighting conditions
Canon's most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, lies at the heart of every Canon digital camera and delivers exceptional processing speeds, responsive operation and advanced noise reduction. It also makes possible intelligent evolved Face and Object Detection Technology, which finds and tracks moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, adjusting the camera settings for optimal results. Faces will have natural-looking skin tones and additional Blink Detection lets you avoid the disappointment of mis-timed people shots by displaying a 3 second warning if a person in the frame has their eyes closed. Red-Eye Correction is also an integral feature to ensure flawless photos.

A Face Detection Self-Timer also makes group photos and self-portraits easy. Once the shot has been set up, the camera records the number of faces detected in the frame when the shutter is depressed and the self timer started - it then waits for an extra face to get in the frame and adjusts focus and exposure before it takes the picture.

DIGIC 4 also makes possible Canon's enhanced i-Contrast feature, which offers improved contrast and greater detail in tricky lighting conditions. Available in either shooting or playback mode, i-Contrast analyses the exposure, dynamic range and other image characteristics of a shot then adaptively increases the gain in dark areas to produce heightened detail in those regions. It does this without blowing out correctly exposed parts of the image, while the noise reduction function of DIGIC 4 ensures minimal noise in the adjusted areas.

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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Geekers on 29 Mar. 2010
My first digital compact was an S50 followed by a couple of Ixus, one still serving my son well alongside his Nikon dslr (the other met an ignominious end on one of his business trips). I took a long time choosing between this Canon S90 and the Panasonic offerings. I made the right choice. I specifically wanted a camera that I could slip into my pocket (NB you can do this easily with a genuine Canon leather case which is far less bulky than most of the after market cases). On grounds of pocketability I had turned away from the G10/G11 option. The whole point of this S90 for me is to have a very high quality, versatile camera readily available and which doesn't make it's presence felt by being a weight around the neck, a protrusion sticking out from one's chest or the cause of an awkward bag over the shoulder. It's horses for courses. I'd love to have a dslr with me all the time but I can't. I can have the S90 with me at all times. What good is a camera if you've left it at home because it's too heavy or bulky to take with you?

Of course the picture quality is not in the same league as a decent dslr but it produces the very best pictures I've ever seen from a compact. As being someone who always had film slr cameras cameras in the past I love the fact that this camera lets you make a choice - it can be left on automatic if you want, shutter priority or aperture priority or fully manual. I have found the camera to be intuitive. I thought the multifunction ring around the lens would be a gimmick but in fact I have been pleasantly surprised - it's very practical and easy to use. The lens itself is as good as it gets on a compact. How such a small piece of glass is capable of producing such high quality images beats me.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By trinbin on 15 Feb. 2010
Having got fed up of lugging around a G9 I spent ages flitting between the S90 and a Lumix LX3. The S90 won because 1) I liked the slender design and 2) the quality of the optics. This is my 4th Canon including a 350D, a new 500D and a Ixus which was/is a wonderful little contraption.

As well as the size and quality of the images, the best aspects of this camera are its capacity to record in RAW and the wide angle fast lens. Admittedly the barrel distortion is as I suspected somewhat noticeable, but it can add a distinctive 'look' to your images if you don't mind it! But it can be cleaned up via the bundled software. The adjustment ring around the lens is a very neat idea, simple to use and intuitive if you are used to manual cameras of old. And the whole business of being able to turn off all the pre-set programmes and work manually is a valuable asset. Again, if you like lots of control over your image-making then this is essential and quite rare to find on compacts. Alternatively, I'm looking forward to lots of point and 'shoot' moments; sometimes you just can't be bothered with all that knob twiddling! What it doesn't need is a capacity to record video. I don't understand this fetish for STILL cameras to capture video and reading reviews of other makes that do not seem to do this are seen as being a 'lesser breed'. Why not just buy a video camera! Or am I missing something?

In summary this is a fine camera, and even the quirky motorized flash is very good and yes even with those plastic (but good quality plastic) top and bottoms the build is what you would expect of Canon.
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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov. 2009
I have a Canon PowerShot G10 and when the G11 was introduced I was tempted to upgrade to the newer model, but I didn't feel that I would gain much by doing so. The general consensus is that the G11 offers little over the G10 in terms of image quality - and I'm incredibly happy with the G10 (even if it does have a known bug where every-so-often I get a black line in an image).

However the S90 intrigued me - it offered the same sensor as the G11 but in a smaller package. Although I love the G10, it's certainly not small, and I find that it isn't with me as often as I'd like (I can't just slip it into my pocket). I've had the lucky chance to play with an S90 and compare directly with my G10 - and I was very impressed.

My initial impressions were that it didn't feel as rugged as the G10. The G10 is metal and feels like a 'proper' camera whereas the S90 feels much like any other point-and-shoot. It's when you start taking photo's though that you see why it costs a good £200+ compared to more basic cameras...

...The photos I took were easily comparable to the G10. When I first looked at the photos at 100% the G10 images looked terrible next to the S90, but the G10 images are much larger (nearly 15MP as opposed to 10MP) and when I zoomed out so that I could see the equivalent image coverage on the S90 images the two looked very similar. The G10 edged it slightly, but only just, and even then is was purely a matter of opinion. Given that the S90 is a small camera, it's incredible that it manages to achieve images which compare to the high end (not quite so) compacts which themselves are often said to perform favourably compared to some SLRs.
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