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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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published 10/11/2011 | zedos180
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Pro some good features, a nice scroll wheel, nice design,good picture quality
Cons lacks some of the features you might want form a camera of this price
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"Canon Ixus 90IS review"

This is a great little digital camera, bursting with features and capable of producing some really nice images. It has a 10 mega pixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, and possibly its most stylish feature, a huge 3 inch screen covering most of the back of the unit!

One of the downsides of having this huge screen means that Canon have had to miss out on other features, in this case the eyepiece. So you cant actually look down the lens with your own two eyes, but you do get a nice, bright and large live view on the screen, which is quite easy to view in daylight. It is quite a study camera- i have dropped it quite a few times and it seems to be fine.

The "IS" in Ixus 90 IS means that it has image stabilization, so that your photos are less blurry due to the movement of your hand. The Ixus 90 IS is also capable of recording film with audio, and has a small editor on board so that you can play you movies in reverse, in slow motion, and set the start and stop points with the individual frames.

Right, so now onto the actual performance etc.
Personally, I would say that this camera is a family camera. It is perfect for those family snapshots and holiday pics on the beach, as it's robust design, combined with it's myriad of scene modes such as foliage, beach, snow and party means that it is really easy to use, but it isn't so simple that it doesn't have some of the more advanced features you might want in order to step up to the next level of photography in terms of adaptability. It does allow you some limited control over exposure, ISO settings and suchlike, and the option to shoot in smaller file formats.

The scroll wheel that is situated on the back of the camera is not the easiest of controls to use, as you will often find that you have to very carefully maneuver the wheel just to select the right scene mode or function setting.

So, in terms of controls, the canon ixus is not the strongest contender in the compact digital world, even though it is very user friendly. The retro design and somewhat questionable controls are very stylish though, and the huge screen on the back means that you wont be afraid to get it out and show it off.

The ten mega pixel sensor does a good job of picking out the detail in subjects, but it's main downfall is it's fairly poor low-light performance. The camera usually decides to have an exasperatingly slow shutter speed in order to pick up the ambient light, or it will blind your subject with the built in flash. This generally means that either way you end up with very poor quality low-light images.

The buttons on the back are also somewhat questionable, being not buttons as such but small parts of the case that are outlined in rubber that you press down. This is quite a funky look but some people find it quite distracting or annoying to use.

The movie mode is fairly decent, but it’s not going to win any prizes. However, it does have some reasonable movie modes like colour swap, time lapse and a compression mode, which reduces the quality of the footage so that it is a smaller file size. (However, this mode is pretty much made redundant because the quality is really not fantastic as it is, so reducing the quality would produce fairly drastic results.) The time lapse mode is particularly good, and is very fun to play around and experiment with. This is probably the strong point of the movie mode.

The audio recording also is not about to win any awards, but does an average job of picking up sounds, especially vocals. However the quality is fairly poor, and every little knock and bump can be heard, even the depression of the buttons can be heard very clearly by loud thumps and cracks.

So should you buy it? Well, there is no short answer. If you are looking to but a family camera that is also capable of taking good quality pictures then this is certainly worth considering. But if you want something with good features and very good picture quality, something that is a few steps down from a DSLR, then this isn’t really for you.

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  • fahim1rocks published 29/11/2011
    Now the the review is quite helpful!
  • zedos180 published 11/11/2011
    i have updated it now. could you tellmewhat you think of it now? thanks.. =)
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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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