Canon S90

I started looking at potential ‘my next’ camera candidates pretty much as soon as I bough my current camera back in August 2008. Over the last couple of months I’ve been looking more earnestly – I hope to have a new unit for the new year. I love my Panasonic TZ5, and won’t be selling it. But it has been very well used, and a little abused. And I want a camera that has full manual control and top image quality.

I’ve looked at a few formats. I’d love a DSLR, but I just can’t bring myself to spend that much money. Truth be told, for the photography I do, it’s slight overkill anyway. I’ve looked at Bridge cameras (compacts with super zoom lenses) and have pondered the Canon SX1 and Panasonic FZ35. The Panny in particular is great value for money, and a pretty loaded feature set.

But I think I’ve found the camera I will actually buy. It’s a just released Canon model, the S90. The S range was a semi-pro range discontinued some years back. But having seen the success of the Panasonic LX3, Canon have brought the moniker back, and with a bang. What makes it a special camera, and why go for this over the new Canon G series, which has been the pros pocket camera of choice over the last few years?

The S90 was released a couple of weeks back alongside the G11. They share the same large sensor and the same processor. But whilst the G11 has a variangle lens and a few trump cards up its own sleeve, the S90 has received rave attention for three G11 killing features of its own. It has a bright f2.0 lens which offers great low light photographic possibilities. It has a very useful lens ring, which can be programmed to change different settings. And it fits in a pocket. Oh, and just to top it off, it costs about $70 less than the G11. It’s received rave reviews already and sounds very much like it’ll be knocking the G11 of its pro choice perch for many photographers. Now I just need to come up with the $430 it costs.



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