"Best images and usability of any point and shoot"5.0 starson by GerryHerbison
Pros: The 2 simple function wheels that default intelligently, but which can still be changed, are the best thought out user interface of any camera I have ever used.
Going back down to 10 MP shows that Canon understands real photographer's needs
Cons: I would have liked a small grip on the front of the camera. It would have not disrupted the overall size, because the front function ring already goes out 1/4 inch. I like the more secure feel of a grip - but that is really a personal preferrence
Summary: I have been waiting for a camera like this for a long time. I am a semi-pro photographer. I am, and have always been a Nikon guy for my SLRs. However, Canon has always been my camera of choice for point-and-shoot cameras.
I like the image quality and functional design of the Canon point-and-shoot cameras better. The challenge that I had is that the ever increasing MP insanity started to reduce the quality of the images even on the Canons.
When I first read the promo information about this camera I couldn't believe that a camera company had finally stopped the insanity. The reduction of the MP and the slight image sensor size increase have really paid off.
I just bought the camera yesterday and I have taken 200+ pictures. As previously indicated, the user interface is amazing. There are 2 control rings available at all times. One is small - placed under the right thumb. The other is around the lense. Both have excellent ergonomic feel - just the right amount of resistance then a positive soft lock in the position where you want it to stay. The screen is excellent. I don't know how many pixels it is, but it is vibrant, large and clear.
Everything is easy to set on the camera. Doing non - studio portraits and events, I am used to checking ISO, WB, f-stop, and shutter before every set of shots. Each one of these is at my fingertips on the S90.
The image quality is amazing. Even at high ISOs the pictures are amazing. I have never had a point-and-shoot that had usable images above 400 ISO. This camera can produce usable 4x6 in prints at 1600 ISO. They are not perfect, but I was essentially shooting in the dark. This is also a function of the f2 lense.
I really can't say enough about the intelligent design of this camera.
My only reservations are regarding: the grip, as mentioned above; no optical viewfinder, which i like to use in very bright situations, and the choice of battery - this is the first point and shoot that I have had in a very long time that didn't take AA batteries. I like AA batteries because they serve the way I use a point and shoot camera. They are available in every city and country, they don't require any pre-planning for charging, and the lithium ones are light and let me shoot almost endlessly. I guess I will have to deal with toting around the charger - which is admittedly very small.
This is the camera that every photo-enthusiast should have in the pocket or briefcase (like mine) at all times. If you don't set all of your controls before you take a picture buy one of the basic A-series Canons-you will save money and be just as happy.