Canon's S Series returns to the PowerShot lineup with the S90, a slimmer, lighter everyday pocket camera for advanced photographers. The camera uses a 10.0-megapixel high-sensitivity system and features the functionality of Canon's large and powerful PowerShot G-series cameras in a body that fits in a pocket.
It'll be available at retail in October for the hefty price tag of $429.99.
The lens on the S90 is probably the best part of the package. It's a 28mm wide-angle f/2.0 lens with a 3.8x optical zoom and optical image stabilization making it better suited than most pocket cameras for low-light shooting without having to use a flash or higher ISO settings as well as a shallow depth of field.
The S90 features a customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other shooting settings. The ring has a satisfying movement to it and reminds me of a larger version of the dials found around the control pads on the backs of many of Canon's Digital Elphs.
Other features include a 3-inch, 460K dots-resolution LCD, RAW+JPEG capture, and an abundant set of both manual, semimanual, and fully automatic shooting options. One thing noticeably absent, though, is HD movie capture. The S90 only does VGA. I guess Canon figures serious photographers don't want HD movies from a compact camera?