Canon PowerShot S90 Review

Overall 45
Imaging 11
Features 22
Size 87
Price 0

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/1.7" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 100 x 58 x 31 mm
  • Weight: 195 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Canon S70.
  • Replaced by Canon S95.

Canon PowerShot S90 Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot S90 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Apr 08, 2010. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Canon developed this model to replace their older product S70 and, after some time, Canon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one S70.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #106 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #319 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot S90 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot S90 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-4.9
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 185
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot S90 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot S90. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90 has the following external dimensions 100 x 100 x 31 mm (39.37 x 22.83 x 12.2″) with the weight of 195 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot S90, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot S90 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 31mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot S90 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot S90 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot S90 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Canon PowerShot S90 — 31 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot S90 — 195 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot S90 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot S90 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot S90 Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot S90 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot S90 has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon PowerShot S90 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon PowerShot S90, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 46 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon PowerShot S90’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot S90 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot S90 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot S90

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot S90 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot S90 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/1600 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot S90 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot S90, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot S90 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon PowerShot S90 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot S90 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Canon PowerShot S90 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot S90’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot S90’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot S90 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot S90 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S90 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S90 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot S90 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S90 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S90 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (100 x 58 x 31 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot S90 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S90 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 1. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S90 can be called a 1 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1600s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (185)
  • Small size (100 x 58 x 31 mm)

Canon PowerShot S90 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S90 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S90 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (195 g)
  • Small size (100 x 58 x 31 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon PowerShot S90 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S90 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S90 can be called a 58 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (11.0)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (185)

Canon PowerShot S90 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot S90
Announced Apr 08, 2010
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 46
DxO Color Depth 20.2
DxO Dynamic Range 11.0
DxO Low Light ISO 185
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 195 g
Physical Dimensions 100 x 58 x 31 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model NB-6L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card
Storage Slots 1

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