Canon's PowerShot S90 has been replaced by the Canon PowerShot S95 (Discontinued). The S90 has the same 10-megapixel sensor as Canon's larger G11 camera (Discontinued), and shares some of its advanced features, such as optical image stabilization, RAW file support and a wealth of automatic and manual controls and settings. However, reviewers find that the S90 sacrifices shooting speed in favor of image quality and customization. Optical zoom is just 3.8x, less than much of the competition, and there is no optical viewfinder. Some reviewers find the S90's small size and cramped controls a little awkward, especially for those with big hands, though its matte black casing is well built and appropriately professional-looking. The biggest concern is the price, which critics maintain is higher than that of comparable, if less feature-laden, compact cameras.
We found a good sampling of reviews for the PowerShot S90. CNET and CNET (Asia) both provide evaluations from different reviewers, each of which brings his own perspective in succinct write-ups. Britain's TrustedReviews.com also has a balanced, easily digested review. For those looking for a more technical discussion, Steves-Digicams.com offers a lengthy and well-documented discussion of the S90's merits.
Joshua Goldman calls the Canon Powershot S90 "a first-rate compact camera for advanced amateurs." He has high praise for the camera's advanced control system, wide-angle lens and low-light image quality. Shooting speed is the biggest concern for Goldman, though he admits that "it's not that bad" as long as you don't expect the performance of a digital SLR camera.
Review: Canon PowerShot S90, Joshua Goldman, Nov. 12, 2009
2. CNET (Asia)
Leonard Goh evaluates the Canon Powershot S90 against the (now discontinued) Panasonic DMC-LX3, a leader in advanced point-and-shoot cameras. Performance and portability are cited as advantages, though Goh says that he feels "the S90 could be a better camera." He's let down by the picture quality at high ISO levels, and finds that the control wheel can be "cumbersome."
Review: Canon PowerShot S90 Review, Leonard Goh, Nov. 9, 2009
Canon's Powershot S90 gets a Recommended designation from Britain's TrustedReviews.com. Cliff Smith says the camera delivers when it comes to feature set, build quality and image quality, but controls can be a bit "fiddly" and performance "slightly sluggish." Smith also notes that the S90 is priced rather higher than competing models.
Review: Canon PowerShot S90 Review, Cliff Smith, Nov. 19, 2009
The editors at Steves-Digicams.com say the Canon PowerShot S90 is an effective cross between the portability of Canon's Digital ELPH compacts and its G-series. The lengthy review concludes that the S90, while a touch pricey, is an excellent value for those who want its manual features; otherwise, a cheaper camera, like the PowerShot SD980 IS and SD940 IS, might be a better choice.
Review: Canon PowerShot S90 Review, Editors of Steves-Digicams.com, Dec. 10, 2009