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Canon PowerShot S90


Canon PowerShot S90
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot S90 reintroduces the popular S-series and follows up from the S80 of four years ago with a beautifully designed compact and light digital camera. The Canon S90 features a new 10.0 Megapixel (1/1.7-in. CCD) "High Sensitivity System and higher ISO speeds, plus an exceptionally bright f/2.0 lens that makes portraits and low-light shots come to life." Maximum setting is now ISO 3200. A new Low Light mode automatically adjusts the ISO speed from ISO 320 to ISO 12800 in relation to ambient brightness, subject movement and camera shake.

The Canon S90 is equipped with a 3.8x wide-angle optical zoom (28-105mm equiv.) lens with optical Image Stabilization and a high resolution 3.0-in. LCD with 461,000 dots. Shooting modes include Smart AUTO, PASM modes, plus 21 Scene Modes, including the popular Color Accent, Color Swap and Stitch Assist. Optional accessories include Waterproof Case WP-DC35 and High-Power Flash HF-DC1.

Canon PowerShot S90 Control Ring

Canon PowerShot S90 Control Ring

A new control ring at the base of the lens barrel is designed for intuitive and fast manual control of either Focus, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Exposure Compensation, ISO, Step Zoom (allows distinct focal length change of 28, 35, 50, 85 and 105mm), or White Balance.

Movie can be shot at 640 x 480 pixels @ 30fps.

The Canon PowerShot S90 is targeted to serious amateur photographers who desires a compact digital camera with wide-angle coverage and high-end performance in a pocketable package.


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Canon S90
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Canon PowerShot S90US | CAN | UK
Image Sensor 10 million pixels, 1/1.7-in. CCD
Lens 6.0 (W)-22.5mm (T) f/2.0-4.9 (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm)
Optical Zoom 3.8x
Image Stabilizer Optical
Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card
Viewfinder N/A
Aperture f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 sec.
Continuous Shooting Normal: approx. 0.9 fps; AF: approx. 0.6 fps; LV: approx. 0.6 (Low Light: 2.1 fps)
Shooting Modes Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C
Exposure Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO 80 / 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200
Autofocus TTL Autofocus
White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch with wide viewing angle, 461,000 dots
Movie 640 x 480 @ 30fps
Dimensions (W x H x D) 100.0 x 58.4 x 30.9 mm / 3.94 x 2.30 x 1.22 in.
Weight Approx. 175 g / 6.17 oz
(camera body only)
MSRP US $429.99 / CAD $529.99 / UK £449.00 / €519.00 RRP inc. VAT.

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Canon PowerShot S90
Technical Specifications
  Canon PowerShot S90US | CAN | UK  
  Type of Camera    
  Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.8x Optical/4x Digital (not w/RAW or Widescreen)/15x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System  
  Image Sensor    
  Type 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Total Pixels Approx. 10.4 Megapixels  
  Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels  
  Focal Length 6.0 (W)-22.5mm (T) f/2.0-4.9 (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm)  
  Digital Zoom 4x  
  Focusing Range / Macro

Auto: 2.0 in./5cm-infinity (W), 12 in./30 cm-infinity (T)
Normal: 1.6 ft.-infinity/50cm-infinity
Macro: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (W)

  Auto Focus

TTL Autofocus

  Viewfinder & Monitor




  LCD Monitor

3.0-inch TFT color with wide viewing angle

  LCD Pixels

Approx. 461,000 pixels

  LCD Coverage


  Aperture and Shutter


  Max. Aperture f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T)  
  Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 sec. (settable in Tv and M)  
  Exposure Control


  ISO Sensitivity

Auto, ISO 80 / 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 equivalent
(Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)

  Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
*Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AiAF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center/linked to AF frame

  Exposure Control Method

Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift

  Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  White Balance    
  White Balance Control

Auto*, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom
*The colors of faces are evaluated in AiAF



  Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro

  Flash Range

1.6-21 ft./50cm-6.5m (W), 1.6-8.2 ft./50cm-2.5m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

  Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

  Flash Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  Shooting Specifications


  Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Indoor, Color Accent, Color Swap, Kids & Pets, Underwater, Nostalgic), Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Low Light, Movie

  Photo Effects

My Colors
My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom


Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Detection Self-timer, Custom

  Wireless Control


  Continuous Shooting

Normal: approx. 0.9 fps; AF: approx. 0.6 fps; LV: approx. 0.6 (Low Light: 2.1 fps)

  Image Storage Media    
  Storage Media

SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card

  File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

  Image Compression

Normal, Fine

  JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))

  Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048 (Widescreen), 3,648 x 2,736 (RAW), 1,824 x 1,368 (Low Light)

  Playback Specifications    
  Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast; Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume

  Erasing Specifications    
  Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie

  Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

  Video Out


  Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

  Power Supply


  Power Source

1. Rechargeable Battery Pack NB-6L
2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (optional)

  Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 220 shots*

  Playback Time

Approx. 300 min. *LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

  Included Accessories - NB-6L Battery Pack
- AV Cable AVC-DC400
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
- Neck Strap WS-DC9
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 100.0 x 58.4 x 30.9 mm /
3.94 x 2.30 x 1.22 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 175g / 6.17 oz.  
  MSRP US $429.99 / CAD $529.99 / UK £449.00 / €519.00 RRP inc. VAT.  

Note: 26 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi)

All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

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