July 5, 2010

A Point&Shoot for SLR photographers

If you are a photographer that shoots with an SLR, you know why you prefer that to your typical point and shoot style camera. Control, picture quality, low light capabilities, etc. Unfortunately, carrying your bulky SLR around with you everywhere does not always cut it. You may be at a party, concert, or just out and about; there are times when an SLR just doesn’t work. You want something more compact that will fit in a pocket and is hassle free. Generally, point and shoot style cameras have too many trade offs to make them desirable to the SLR shooter. I thought the same, until I came across the Canon PowerShot S90. This small point and shoot changed the way I thought about point and shoots. With its wide variety of manual controls, wide aperture, and control ring, I was sold.

The Canon S90 weighs in at just a touch above 6 ounces, and you can pretty much fit it in any pocket. It has a beautiful 3 inch LCD viewfinder on the back complete with intuitive controls for camera settings. You have a large selection of shooting modes as well, complete with aperture priority (Av), shutter priority (Tv), and even full manual mode (M). The S90 has an f/2.0 - 4.9 lens with 3.8x optical zoom, and Image Stabilization. This puts the lens at about a 28 - 105mm focal length. At 10 megapixels, Canon decided to opt for low light capabilities rather than high megapixel count. This is fantastic for photographers, and casual shooters alike. One of the really innovative parts of this camera is the Control Ring. This ring is around the lens and allows you to customize what it controls (aperture, focus, shutter speed, etc.) for all types of creative shooting.

A few other features of note include: built in flash, HDMI out, video mode, and low light scene mode. If you are looking to shoot HD video in addition to making great images, then this is not the camera for you, as it only shoots SD video. However, if you are mainly interested in still shots, then absolutely take a look at this camera.


  • f/2.0 lens
  • Control Ring
  • 10.0 Megapixel
  • Large beautiful LCD
  • Ability to shoot manual
  • Turns on very quickly
  • Shoots RAW format
  • Macro shooting mode
  • Low light performance
  • Battery Life


  • No HD video
  • On the high end of the price scale

Retail Price: $399

Canon S90 Point & Shoot Photography Review

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