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5.0 out of 5 stars
a fine little pin hole camera, 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.