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Good: picture quality superb, handling the best of all compacts, could rival many DSLRs
Bad: woried if the pop up flash would last if dust gets in. Holding the camera may surprise you when the pop up flash push your finger away.
Comment: I own Nikon D300 and I dare to say I am extremely fussy when it comes to picture quality. For example I would not rate the Panasonic TZ5, 6, or 7 at all. I use to own Canon Powershot S70 and picture was acceptable for a compact point and shoot camera. I decided to buy the S90 as a companion to my Nikon D300 and did I get surprised. This camera is maybe the pinacle of all compact digital cameras. I have had the chance to test drive the Fuji, Sony, Panasonic leaders in compact digital cameras, but the S90 is clearly leading the competition by miles. The S90 has Raw capabilities too. The JPEG processing engine is superb to any other of similar class. Anyone buying this camera would be left with the long term satisfaction from making the right choice. This is the one !!!
Good: Image quality. Functions. low light performance. virtually everything
Bad: 3.4x zoom. No HD video
Comment: The S90 lives up to the Hype surrounding its release. It really does all that has been writtern about it and does it in style. image quality is just excellent for such a small camera. At this size it will take some beating for All Round photograpic Abilities. Daytime shots are Superb and thats in overcast conditions. Cant wait for sunshine.! Indoor Shots are Clear and Percise. Twilight Shots are Excellent. And the Night time Abilities are best only by the Sony WX1 Twilight and Motion Blur abilities in my humble opinion.
So much to play around with and to learn on this compact . its makes taking pictures Adventurous and Fun. Keep discovering niches as i go along. That Function Ring is something to use and assinging your own settings to it and the Rear Dial Mode makes it all so Personal...oh and you can assign to the 'S' Button as well. Seems like Canon thought of everything that makes most Shooters happy and placed them on this camera.
Full Manual modes along with so many Auto settings and Colour Tweaks makes taking a Good picture almost Simple. Almost.
I still have too much to learn with this so i will leave it to the Pros to Review it Proberly and make more sense than me. Suffice to say i Rate it Highly. If you can get it at a Reasonable Price.Do. You wont Regret it. Big Respect to Canon Designers for the S90 !!
Good: low light and image quality
Bad: rear wheel but easily overcome
Comment: For me there was only one problem, and notice the WAS. The rear wheel is too easily moved and since it can control a numb er of functions it becomes an important point. I implemented the lens ring to adjust exposure compensation which makes the rear wheel an adjuster of the ISO. Since changing the ISO from Auto to something like 80, 100, or even 800 has little effect on the image. However, rotating it towards to ISO 3200 or anything above 1600 does have an impact on the image. I also set the quick set b utton to Auto Exposure Lock which make the S90 feel more like a SLR than anything I have handled other than a SLR.
Everything, image quality, white balance, quick response, ease of use, just about everything you want on a camera.
I think of myself as an above average user since I teach digital photography to senior citizens at Emeritus College in Santa Monica, CA (USA). There are a number of 3rd party accessories for this camera that I have ordered but not as yet tried. A stick on hand grip that does not increase the bulk of the camera and a optical magnifier that screws onto the tripod and allows you to use the LCD as if it was an electronic viewfinder. It does add bulk but may be worth the tradeoff.
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