Canon PowerShot S90

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Creative control. Pocketable performance.

The pocketable PowerShot S90 gives powerful everyday shooting. Shoot quickly with a lens Control Ring and get superior low-light performance with a high-sensitivity 10.0 MP CCD and f/2.0 lens.

Benefits

  • High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD
  • f/2.0, 28mm wide, 3.8x zoom lens, with IS
  • Compact design & lens Control Ring
  • 3.0” LCD
  • Dual Anti-Noise System with DIGIC 4
  • Full Manual control & RAW
  • Smart Auto mode & Servo AF/AE
  • Face Detection
  • i-Contrast
  • VGA movies (30fps) & HDMI

Detailed Features

High-sensitivity 10.0 MP sensor

A high-sensitivity CCD sensor gives outstanding image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Even images taken at high ISOs show exceptionally low noise levels and a wide dynamic range.

Wide & bright

A bright f/2.0 aperture allows exceptional versatility, capturing low-light images and fast-moving subjects at higher shutter speeds. A wide angle of 28mm lets you put more in the frame, while Canon’s optical IS reduces blur caused by camera shake.

Compact control

The PowerShot S90 combines pocket-sized proportions with a sophisticated lens Control Ring, to which functions such as step zoom, exposure, focus, and ISO can be assigned for fast, easy adjustment.

3.0” PureColor LCD II

A 3.0” PureColor LCD II screen (461K dots), with wide viewing angle, makes framing and reviewing shots a pleasure.

Dual Anti-Noise System with DIGIC 4

Working with the high-sensitivity image sensor, Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor delivers vastly improved noise performance across the ISO range. Shoot full-resolution images up to ISO 3200, or expand to ISO 12800 in (2.5MP) Low Light mode.

Full Manual control & RAW

For creative control while shooting, the PowerShot S90 features Full Manual mode. The option of RAW shooting with support for Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software provides complete control over image parameters during post-shoot editing.

Smart Auto and Shooting Modes

Smart Auto mode analyses subject brightness, contrast, distance, hue and movement. Intelligent Scene Detection Technology then selects the scene type from 22 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. 25 dedicated shooting modes are also available including Nostalgic and VGA movies.

Intelligent technologies

For perfect portraits, Canon Face Detection technologies include FaceSelf-Timer and Face Select & Track, which tracks focus for a chosen person in the frame. Also included are Canon’s blur-beating Motion Detection Technology and Servo AF/AE, for accurate focus and exposure on moving subjects.

i-Contrast

In shooting or playback, enhanced i-Contrast optimises dynamic range according to the scene - retaining detail in shadows and preventing overexposure of highlights. The result is natural images with the best possible contrast.

HDMI terminal

An HDMI mini output terminal lets you display still shots on any HDMI compatible TV without loss of quality.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/1.7 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 6.0 – 22.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 105 mm)
Zoom Optical 3.8x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined Approx. 15x
Maximum f/number f/2.0-f/4.9
Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (2 double-sided aspherical elements including 1 UA element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)

FOCUSING

Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous (only available in Auto mode), Servo AF/AE¹
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 5 cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
AEB 1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
Speed 1– 1/1600 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/1600 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom.
White Balance Correction

LCD MONITOR

Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor LCD II (TFT), Approx. 461,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 6.5 m (W) / 2.5 m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Low Light¹, SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap, Nostalgic, Stitch Assist), Movie
* with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.9 shots/sec.Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode)¹, AF: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size (L & RAW) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 1704, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies 640 x 480, 30 fps
320 x 240, 30 fps
Movie Length Up to 4 GB or 1 hour¹

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 – 10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

POWER SOURCE

Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L (NB-6L battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 220 shots¹
Approx. 300 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-1400
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC35, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 100.0 x 58.4 x 30.9 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 198 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Colour Filter Type ¹ Some settings limit availability
Modes ¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.