Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS

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Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS

A new benchmark in crafted camera design, the digital IXUS 90 IS has a smooth, solid feel. Its chiseled look is complemented by a bright 3.0" PureColo...

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Review of "Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS"

published 22/04/2011 | rockinrebel
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Pro Stylish looks with incredible picture capabilities.
Cons Slight problem with H-shaped button on back but this is minor.
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Capture those briliant moments with this stylish piece of kit."

After my previous camera was stolen this camera was the replacement I had to get after claiming on my insurance. At first I was quite reluctant about getting a new camera as I had grown so fond of the previous Canon model I owned. When I saw this camera for the first time I was amazed at how good it looked with its brushed aluminium look and 3.0" Display.

- Main features -

Chiselled design with Multi control Dial
10.0 Megapixels
3x zoom with optical IS
3.0" PureColor II LCD
Motion Detection Technology
Face Detection Technology
Red-Eye Correction
DIGIC III processor and iSAPS
19 Shooting Modes
Movie options

- Usage -

I personally feel that because of the high resolution large screen the pictures you see on the screen are very nearly as good as the pictures you will when you transfer them onto your computer. I have found that in the past I have seen digital cameras that have let me down due to the poor quality LCD.

This camera is packed full of brilliant features. The Face Detection seems to be very accurate and helps focus in on those smiley faces in your pictures. Furthermore, the 3x zoom will not let you down either, keeping those long distance images nice and crisp.

For those of you that like to film instead of take pictures this camera has a video mode which is even equipped with time lapse. Using time lapse you are able to film scenes like this: I have found this great fun, you can really see a different perspective of the world around us.

The camera will work in manual mode for those of you who like to choose your own iso settings etc... For those who would rather just point and shoot this camera will also suit you just fine with it's simple menu containing specific scene settings.

- Faults -

The only fault I have with this camera is that it can be sometimes difficult to press the correct part of the H-shaped selection buttons on the back of the camera. I really must stress though that this really is a minor problem and does not bring the rating of this camera down at all.

- Verdict -

I really doubt that many point and shoot cameras come close to this model nowadays. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with what this camera has to offer. We were so impressed with the camera in my family, that my sister now owns the same model.

Summary: This camera could never dissapoint anyone - Superb!

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Product Information : Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS

Manufacturer's product description

A new benchmark in crafted camera design, the digital IXUS 90 IS has a smooth, solid feel. Its chiseled look is complemented by a bright 3.0" PureColor LCD II screen and unique flat control panel. As if carved from a single chunk of metal, the Digital IXUS 90 IS feels solid in the hand. The smooth flat key control panel enhances the camera's unified feel. A Multi Control Dial makes it quick and simple to change settings, review images and scroll through menus. A 10.0 megapixel sensor captures images in fine detail, enabling creative trimming and poster size printing. Advanced UA (Ultra-High Refractive Index Aspherical) lens technology from Canon fits a powerful 3x optical zoom lens into the compact form of the digital IXUS 90 IS. An optical Image Stabilizer (IS), helps you capture blur-free images in low-light and when shooting with the zoom. A huge high resolution 3.0" PureColor LCD II offers stunning reproduction of images and ease of shooting. An exceptionally wide viewing angle makes it easy to share your images with a group, while impressive color contrast keeps the screen visible even in intense light. There's no need to worry about blur with motion detection technology. This clever feature compensates for camera shake and subject movement while maximizing image quality. Face detection technology ensures superb people shots by automatically setting optimum focus, exposure, flash and white balance. Face select and track lets you choose and track your primary subject, so you never lose a special face in the crowd. Red-eye correction quickly and easily removes red-eye in camera. It can be set to remove red-eye automatically as you shoot, or during playback mode, making eyes look natural again. Canon's DIGIC III processor provides lightning quick responses, superb image quality and advanced noise reduction for sharper, clearer images. iSAPS technology uses shooting scene data to optimize camera settings even before a shot is taken. 19 shooting modes include sunset, indoor and underwater special scene modes which optimize camera settings for the easy capture of popular subjects. My colors in-camera photo effects can be applied during or after shooting. Movie modes include Long Play (LP) for VGA (30 fps) clips that use half the normal memory card space. Capture a gradual scene like a sunrise or blooming flowers for accelerated playback with time lapse movie.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 6.2 - 18.6 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1120 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.2 cm x 2.1 cm x 5.7 cm

Weight: 155 g

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card; MultiMedia Card; MultiMedia Card Plus; HC MultiMedia Card Plus

Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3 x

LCD Display Size: 3

Auto Focus: TTL

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: Internal and external

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.0062

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Manufacturer: Canon


MPN: 2555B006AA, 2555B008, 2555B009AA, IXUS90IS-AU

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 10,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Face Detection: Automatic Face Tracking technology

Digital Video Format: AVI, MJPEG

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO 3200 (2Mpix)

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, Underwater, sunset, indoor, foliage, beach, kids & pets, digital macro, night snapshot, snow, high sensitivity, aquarium

Special Effects: Colour Accent, Colour Swap

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 6.2 - 18.6 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 105mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Macro Focus Range: 3-50cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Features: Built-in lens shield, UA lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.4 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, motion sensor, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, resizing an image, in-camera red-eye fix, highlight point display, in-camera film editing, Exif Print support


Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.4, MS Windows XP SP2

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable


Battery Type: Canon NB-5L

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1120 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus

Included Memory Card: 32 MB SD

Image Storage: JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 2816 x 2112 ¦ JPEG 2272 x 1704 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2048

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.2 cm

Depth: 2.1 cm

Height: 5.7 cm

Weight: 155 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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