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Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black

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Long product name Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black :
The short editorial description of Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black

PowerShot S90 - 10 MP CCD, f/2.0, 28mm wide, 3.8x zoom, 3.0” LCD, i-Contrast, VGA (30fps) & HDMI, DIGIC 4

Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black:
The official marketing text of Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black as supplied by the manufacturer
The pocketable PowerShot S90 gives powerful everyday shooting. Shoot quickly with a lens Control Ring and get superior low-light performance with a high-sensitivity 10.0 MP CCD and f/2.0 lens.

High-sensitivity 10.0 MP sensor
A high-sensitivity CCD sensor gives outstanding image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Even images taken at high ISOs show exceptionally low noise levels and a wide dynamic range.

Wide & bright
A bright f/2.0 aperture allows exceptional versatility, capturing low-light images and fast-moving subjects at higher shutter speeds. A wide angle of 28mm lets you put more in the frame, while Canon’s optical IS reduces blur caused by camera shake.

Compact control
The PowerShot S90 combines pocket-sized proportions with a sophisticated lens Control Ring, to which functions such as step zoom, exposure, focus, and ISO can be assigned for fast, easy adjustment.

3.0” PureColor LCD II
A 3.0” PureColor LCD II screen (461K dots), with wide viewing angle, makes framing and reviewing shots a pleasure.

Dual Anti-Noise System with DIGIC 4
Working with the high-sensitivity image sensor, Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor delivers vastly improved noise performance across the ISO range. Shoot full-resolution images up to ISO 3200, or expand to ISO 12800 in (2.5MP) Low Light mode.

Full Manual control & RAW
For creative control while shooting, the PowerShot S90 features Full Manual mode. The option of RAW shooting with support for Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software provides complete control over image parameters during post-shoot editing.

Smart Auto and Shooting Modes
Smart Auto mode analyses subject brightness, contrast, distance, hue and movement. Intelligent Scene Detection Technology then selects the scene type from 22 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. 25 dedicated shooting modes are also available including Nostalgic and VGA movies.

Intelligent technologies
For perfect portraits, Canon Face Detection technologies include FaceSelf-Timer and Face Select & Track, which tracks focus for a chosen person in the frame. Also included are Canon’s blur-beating Motion Detection Technology and Servo AF/AE, for accurate focus and exposure on moving subjects.

In shooting or playback, enhanced i-Contrast optimises dynamic range according to the scene - retaining detail in shadows and preventing overexposure of highlights. The result is natural images with the best possible contrast.
Short summary description Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black:
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Canon PowerShot S90, 10 MP, 3648 x 2736 pixels, 1/1.7", CCD, 3.8x, Black
Long summary description Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black :

Canon PowerShot S90. Camera type: Compact camera, Megapixel: 10 MP, Image sensor size: 1/1.7", Sensor type: CCD, Maximum image resolution: 3648 x 2736 pixels. Optical zoom: 3.8x, Digital zoom: 4x, Focal length range (f-f): 6 - 22.5 mm. Maximum video resolution: 640 x 480 pixels. Display diagonal: 7.62 cm (3"). PictBridge. Weight: 175 g. Colour of product: Black

This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon PowerShot S90 Compact camera 10MP 1/1.7" CCD 3648 x 2736pixels Black based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Picture quality
Camera type *
There are a number of common types of digital cameras: compact cameras, bridge cameras, mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILC) and single lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Bridge cameras 'bridge the gap' between the low-end compact and high-end professional (SLR) cameras. Also MILCs populate this mid-segment by combining the larger sensors and interchangeable lenses of DSLRs with the live-preview viewing system of compact cameras.
Compact camera
Megapixel *
The number (in millions) of light-sensitive picture elements known as pixels actually used by the camera's image sensor (CCD) to record light, and which are reflected to the final number of recorded pixels stored on the memory card.
10 MP
Image sensor size *
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Maximum image resolution *
Resolution is the amount of detail held by an image. The higher the resolution, the better (sharper) the image. The maximum image resolution produces the best image.
3648 x 2736 pixels
Image stabilizer *
This camera function compensates for slight shaking movements caused by an unstable position and ensures smooth footage even in suboptimal conditions.
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
6 - 22.5 mm
Combined zoom
Auto focusing (AF) modes *
Modes on the camera for auto-focusing, including continuous focusing and one shop focusing.
Single Auto Focus
Closest focusing distance
0.05 m
Auto Focus (AF) lock
Light exposure
ISO sensitivity *
A measure of a photographic film's sensitivity to light.
80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, Auto
Light exposure modes *
The different lengths of time for the exposure for a camera e.g. longer exposure for low light.
Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE
Light metering *
Light metering mode refers to the way in which a device determines the exposure. Multi-pattern and evaluative metering: the camera measures the light intensity in several points in the scene. Centre-weighted metering: the meter concentrates between 60 to 80 percent of the sensitivity towards the central part of the viewfinder. Spot metering: the camera will only measure a very small area of the scene (between 1-5% of the viewfinder area).
Centre-weighted, Spot
Flash modes *
Different modes for a camera flash which are manually/automatically activated e.g. auto-flash mode, flash on with red eye reduction.
Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (wide) *
0.50 - 6.5 m
Video recording *
Recording moving visual images.
Maximum video resolution *
This is the maximum resolution of video images. Resolution is a measure of the degree of detail visible.
640 x 480 pixels
Motion JPEG frame rate
30 fps
Video formats supported
The type of video formats that can be used by this device.
Compatible memory cards *
Types of memory cards which can be used with this product.
Display *
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
7.62 cm (3")
Display resolution (numeric)
Total number of pixels that display has.
461000 pixels
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
White balance *
Technique in photography and image processing, which involves a global adjustment of the intensities of the colors (typically red, green, and blue primary colors). An important goal of this adjustment is to render specific colors – particularly neutral colors including white – correctly.
Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Scene modes *
Scenery mode', 'Portrait mode' and other modes which are manually/automatically activated on a camera and change the settings (e.g. exposure time) accordingly.
Beach, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sunset, Underwater
Photo effects *
Different effects that you can use to modify photos after they have been taken, such as colour filters.
Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Camera playback
Movie, Single image
Playback zoom (max)
Built-in processor
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Colour of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
System requirements
Mac compatibility
Product can be used with Apple Mac software and/or hardware.
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
100 mm
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
30.9 mm
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
58.4 mm
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
175 g
Packaging content
Bundled software
Software distributed with another product such as a piece of computer hardware or other electronic device, or a group of software packages which are sold together. A software suite is an example of bundled software, as is software which is pre-installed on a new computer.
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other features
Video capability
Capability of video recording/playback.
Interface ports to connect pieces of equipment. USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the most popular wired interface to connect peripherals. USB 2.0 supports speeds up to 480 Mbit/s (USB 1: 12 Mbit/s). The interface FireWire is also known as the IEEE 1394 standard. Enhanced IDE (EIDE)is sometimes referred to as Fast ATA, Fast IDE or ATA-2.
USB 2.0
Built-in flash
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
1 - 1/1600
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
28 - 105 mm
Compatible operating systems
List of desktop operating systems tested as compatible with this product.
Win XP SP2-3 / Vista (incl. SP1-2) Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5
Digital SLR
The single-lens reflex (SLR) is a type of camera that uses a movable mirror placed between the lens and the film to project the image seen through the lens to a matte focusing screen.
HDMI ports quantity
The number of sockets (ports) for HDMI connections. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed/uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant device ("the source device") to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for existing analog video standards.
USB 2.0 ports quantity
Number of USB 2.0 ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. USB 2.0 was released in April 2000 (now called "Hi-Speed"), adding higher maximum signaling rate of 480 Mbit/s (effective throughput up to 35 MB/s or 280 Mbit/s), USB 2.0 ports are usually black.
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The S90 certainly is pocket-sized, at around half the size of the G11. But surely it’s not as good? In fact, there’s not much in it. The S90 only has a 3.8x zoom rather than the G11’s 5x, but that’s not a huge difference really, and the S90’s lens has...
Bottom line The S90 certainly is pocket-sized, at around half the size of the G11. But surely it’s not as good? In fact, there’s not much in it. The S90 only has a 3.8x zoom rather than the G11’s 5x, but that’s not a huge difference really, and the S90’s lens has...
Sitting at the top of the PowerShot range, Canon’s digital powerhouse pairs a decent 3.8x optical, 28-105mm wide-angle lens with advanced features that are more comparable to a DSLR than your usual compact effort. The S90 looks slightly dull and u...
Good Wide range of manual features, Bright screen, Excellent pictures...
Bad Price, No HD movie shooting...
Bottom line A feature-packed, high-quality camera that takes great pictures. The price is arguably a bit much, but in this case you do get what you pay for...
It may be a curvy compact camera dinky enough to stow in a jacket or jeans pocket, but make no mistake: the Canon S90 is serious stuff. Lurking within its metal innards is the same high-sensitivity sensor that helped make the such a tasty snapper – an...
Good Handy adjustment ring. Pocket-sized. Supports RAW shooting...
Bad No HD video. Less zoom range than most rivals...
Bottom line Hits the mark with its design, features and performance. A top-class compact...
Usually I'd spend a lot of time running through features and talking about performance before giving you the bottom line on Canon's new pocketable camera. But I just can't be coy about this one.The S90 is the best compact camera I've ever used.Oh, you'...
One of the surprise success stories of last year was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 , a premium compact camera featuring a 1/1.63-inch 10.1-megapixel sensor, a 3.0-inch 460k monitor, and an extremely high quality f/2.0 - f/2.8 wide-zoom lens. Costing a subst...
The Canon PowerShot S90 was singing to us as soon as it was announced and from our first hands-on with the high-end compact, it was clear that there was something special going on. Having lived with the S90 for a couple of weeks, that special impressi...
Good Creative control options, Control Ring, size, image quality, useful ISO range...
Bad Video offering a little disappointing, price...
Bottom line In the hand the S90 is an absolute delight, the Control Ring flirting with the playful side of photography, putting controls literally at your fingertipsKey specs10 megapixels, 3-inch screen, HDMI, Li-ion battery, SD, SDHC...
Product Code: 3635B017AA Canon's PowerShot S90 compact digital camera is one of the most powerful point-and-shoot models that you can slip into your shirt pocket. Canon's PowerShot S90 compact digital camera is one of the most powerful point-and-sho...
Bottom line The Canon PowerShot S90 compact digital camera is the best pocket-size model we've seen. Even though it’s a fraction of the size of a digital SLR, it provides many of the features we value in larger cameras: a fast lens, a RAW option and high IS...
The Canon Powershot S90 is a small digital camera packed with features. These include manual exposure modes, the ability to shoot in RAW mode and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2. More standard features include 10 megapixels and a 3.8x wide angle...
The PowerShot S90 appears to have been designed as a direct response to the Panasonic's LX3. The S90 is even smaller and lighter, however, and aims to match it for all-round quality.There's no room on the S90 to match the LX3's accessory shoe, though...
Bottom line With sumptuous image quality and great controls in a compact package, it’s worth the high price...
If it's looks you're after in a compact camera, the Canon Powershot S90 isn't likely to catch your eye. Similarly, if your budget is limited, it's not going to appeal. But that would be a shame.While it's not stylish, it's solidly built, and its 10mp s...
Bottom line It’s like having the excellent G11 flagship in a pocket version...
Take full control of your photography or sit back and let the camera take control – it’s up to you with the Canon PowerShot S90...
Bottom line At £380 this camera isn’t cheap, but it is packed with features you’d normally only find on a DSLR. The S90 is the perfect example of what compacts can be, with great features that hand creative control back to the photographer. An attractive pocket-si...
Could this be Canon’s coolest PowerShot ever? We don’t want to lug a DSLR around with us on every outing, nor a bridge camera that won’t fit conveniently into a pocket. Enter Canon’s S90, heralded by its manufacturer as ‘the return of the pocket power...
Bottom line When viewed as the only pocket compact you may ever need purchase, the admittedly pricey S90 makes more sense...
The Canon S90 is the latest compact DSLR replacement from Canon - the little brother to the successful Canon G11.Profits are squeezed to the point of asphyxiation in the compact camera market at the moment; tough economic times mean your typical 'point...
Good Fast, bright zoom lens, Quality high ISO sensor, Powerful noise-reduction technology, Innovative, helpful design, Generous three-inch rear LCD...
Bad No HD video recording, Flash is harsh on auto setting, Rear rotary well is fiddly, Burst mode could be faster, Rear screen tends to scratch...
Bottom line The Canon S90 is the latest compact DSLR replacement from Canon - the little brother to the successful Canon G11.Profits are squeezed to the point of asphyxiation in the compact camera market at the moment; tough economic times mean your typical 'poin...
For years we've longed for a compact digital camera with image quality to rival that of SLRs. Suddenly it seems we're spoiled for choice. Some models cram an SLR sensor into a small body, but Canon's S90 takes a less radical approach, with a wide-apert...
Bottom line An exceptional compact camera for demanding enthusiasts and affluent point-and-clickers, but it doesn't surpass Panasonic's LX3...
The S90 marks the re-introduction of Canon’s acclaimed PowerShot S series. Aimed at the serious amateur or professional photographer, it combines full manual capability with the simple design of a point-and-shoot, all in a pocket size camera with near-...
Bottom line Using the S90, the combination of user-friendly technology, small size and sheer DSLR power is quite addictive. With this new S-series model Canon has raised the bar on compact camera technology, but there's more to a camera than circuitry and some ha...
Getting a compact camera noticed above the swell of £150 mid-range snappers is difficult, but as soon as you lift it out of the box, the S90's aspirations towards miniature-DSLR quality are obvious. The body is a comparatively chunky 175g and, with the...
Bottom line Nicely made and capable of great images, the Canon PowerShot S90 is a worthy alternative to low-end DSLRs...
This10 megapixel camera is a svelte variation on Canon’s top compact, the G11. The fast 28–105mm lens is image stabilised. File formats include RAW for serious shooters. There is the usual PTAM user controls over exposure and in addition some of these...
Good Picture quality – exposure, sharpness, contrast, colour – from the S90 is outstanding for a compact. Like the G11 it now stands at the top of the heap for image quality from a small camera. Canon’s well-evolved ergonomics, which differ o...
Bad We regret the passing of the optical viewfinder. Our S50 of seven years ago had one. For such a well conceived and made camera that appeals to serious photographers as an alternative to their DSLR the viewfinder is a loss.
Bottom line The big story here is that, as with the G11, Canon has created a greatly improved camera by reducing the pixel count. 10 megapixels gives excellent resolution while avoiding the worst noise problems that plague over-pixelled compacts. We were delighted...
Canon PowerShot S90 at a glance: 10-million-pixel sensor 28-105mm equivalent zoom lens ISO 80-3200 3in, 461,000-dot screen Street price around £380 Within the current Canon PowerShot range there are two compact cameras that are designed to appeal to t...
Bottom line Small, stylish and with full manual exposure control, the Canon PowerShot S90 is a great compact camera for those looking for a few more advanced features than the standard compact. Unlike its bigger brother, the PowerShot G11, the S90 is small enough...
Canon’s little black number, the S90, hides some powerful innovation in a very compact body. The most import being the control ring round its lens and also some excellent low-light shooting abilities.The control ring The control ring situated round the...
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