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PowerShot S90

PowerShot S Series

PowerShot S90

PowerShot S90 PowerShot S90 Body NB-6L Battery Pack Battery Charger CB-2LY Neck Strap WS-DC9 Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU AV Cable AVC-DC400



Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.8x Optical/4x Digital (not w/RAW or Widescreen)/15x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System


10.0 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 10.4 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 10.0 Megapixels

Focal Length

6.0 (W)-22.5mm (T) f/2.0-4.9 (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm)

Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

Auto: 2.0 in./5cm-infinity (W), 12 in./30 cm-infinity (T)
Normal: 1.6 ft.-infinity/50cm-infinity
Macro: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (W)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus

Optical Viewfinder


LCD Monitor

3.0-inch TFT color with wide viewing angle

LCD Pixels

Approx. 461,000 dots

LCD Coverage


Maximum Aperture

f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/1600 sec. (settable in Tv and M)


Auto, ISO 80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200 equivalent
(Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
*Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AiAF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center/linked to AF frame

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance Control

Auto*, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom
*The colors of faces are evaluated in AiAF

Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro

Flash Range

1.6-21 ft./50cm-6.5m (W), 1.6-8.2 ft./50cm-2.5m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Indoor, Color Accent, Color Swap, Kids & Pets, Underwater, Nostalgic), Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Low Light, Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors
My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom

Self Timer

Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Detection Self-timer, Custom

Wireless Control

Not available

Continuous Shooting

Normal: approx. 0.9 fps; AF: approx. 0.6 fps; LV: approx. 0.6 (Low Light: 2.1 fps)

Storage Media

SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Normal, Fine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Monaural))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048 (Widescreen), 3,648 x 2,736 (RAW), 1,824 x 1,368 (Low Light)

Movie data

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast;Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume

Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie

Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

Video Out


Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply

1. Rechargeable Battery Pack NB-6L2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (optional) Still Image: approx. 220 shots* Approx. 300 min. *LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Power Source

1. Rechargeable Battery Pack NB-6L2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (optional)

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 220 shots*

Playback Time

Approx. 300 min. *LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Operating Temperature


Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.94 x 2.30 x 1.22 in./100.0 x 58.4 x 30.9mm


Approx. 6.17 oz./175g (camera body only)26 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi)

All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

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