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canon s90, best p&s?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by mfais, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Ive had a few smaller cameras over the last few years in addition to my dSLR's (I'm a full time photographer) just to take around to snap casual pictures when out with friends etc. Ive owned the G9, G11 and now the s90. As far as portability goes, the s90 wins hands down. Its light, small and fits in a back pocket. Picture quality I would have to give to the g-series cams, its negligible though. I think the s90 is best for candid shots out with friends. Howwever, If I was going on vacation I would probably take both the G9 and my 5dmk2 and leave the s90 at home, its a little fragile compare to the others.

    This is good info. I bought my S90 before I went on vacation in NYC last week. It was great for shots of me and friends but I would've preferred my DSLR for some of the landscape/architecture shots that I ended up taking.
     
  2. corey.m

    corey.m Well-Known Member

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    Are there any good P&S cameras that have viewfinders? I'd like to get something that's more portable than my slr, but I hate holding the camera way out in front of me to use the lcd. It's much less stable.

    The LX5 and GX200 have removable EVFs.

    There are OVFs available for the GRD3, LX5, LX3 and D'Lux 4.

    Some people have glued a flash shoe to the top of their S90s so that they can use OVFs.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I really wish they'd release the update to this with 1080p video already. I want this camera bad but also don't want to have to lug around a video camera on the occasion that I want to record video.
     
  4. I<3Bacon

    I<3Bacon Senior member

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    I really wish they'd release the update to this with 1080p video already. I want this camera bad but also don't want to have to lug around a video camera on the occasion that I want to record video.

    I rarely use the video feature, but when I do, I find the resolution sufficient.

    GF1 and S-90 user here. Cant beat that little workhorse. Best camera money can buy for the size.

    The exact pair of cameras I own. I can't think of a single situation where one of these two cameras won't cover it.
     
  5. KenN

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    The LX5 and GX200 have removable EVFs.

    There are OVFs available for the GRD3, LX5, LX3 and D'Lux 4.

    Some people have glued a flash shoe to the top of their S90s so that they can use OVFs.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/...1c3b7e089c.jpg


    What's a flash shoe and why do they glue it on their camera? And what is a OVFs?

    And is this a new s90? I've never seen one with a grip before.
     
  6. dcg

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    ^Grip looks like it might be aftermarket.

    Flash shoe is the bracket that a flash unit clips in to; external viewfinders often use the same bracket as a mounting point.
     
  7. UpperWestie

    UpperWestie Senior member

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    The exact pair of cameras I own. I can't think of a single situation where one of these two cameras won't cover it.

    Exactly. I also just started playing with different prime lenses on the GF1.My 50MM 1.7f is now a 100MM lens. I've said buhbye to my DSLR.
     
  8. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I like the flash shoe viewfinder idea

    I always lolled at the aftermarket grips...aftermarket grips makes it sound like they put an exhaust on their civic. That being said, if I had the camera, I would consider the grip.
     
  9. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    I don't care for the viewfinder idea - the great advantage of the S90 is that it will fit in the average pants pocket. Start adding too much shit and you might as well have a micro-4/3 or NEX-5 (none of which, ironically, make manual control as simple as the S90) with you.
     
  10. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I don't care for the viewfinder idea - the great advantage of the S90 is that it will fit in the average pants pocket. Start adding too much shit and you might as well have a micro-4/3 or NEX-5 (none of which, ironically, make manual control as simple as the S90) with you.

    I think that is why they are putting it on a flash shoe rather than just gluing it on.
     
  11. KenN

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    Thanks for the clarification, I assume that the main purpose for the viewfinder is to: (1) increase battery life by turning off the LCD screen, (2) eliminate glare that happens when using the traditional LCD screen in bright environments. Or is there another (more professional) purpose?
     
  12. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Or is there another (more professional) purpose?

    I've been told that holding a camera up to your eye to shoot via a viewfinder is more stable than using an LCD.

    Makes sense to me.
     
  13. LawrenceMD

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    I've been told that holding a camera up to your eye to shoot via a viewfinder is more stable than using an LCD.

    Makes sense to me.


    its also that very action that makes potential subjects camera shy.
     
  14. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    The best street camera I ever owned was a Rolleicord - looking down into a viewfinder was less intimidating to passers by.

    I tend to favor shooting from a low position like that anyway. When you're six-foot and up, the camera is above most people's heads.
     
  15. corey.m

    corey.m Well-Known Member

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    Oh, apparently the S90 was discontinued last week.

    I think the Voitlander mini finder would be a nice match.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Oh, apparently the S90 was discontinued last week. I think the Voitlander mini finder would be a nice match. [​IMG]
    ooh that would look good if you could get the flash shoe to look somewhat professionally installed. Too bad about the discountinuation (though there should still be a fair amount of old stock and this could mean DISCOUNTS!). I can't believe they won't try to follow this up with a similar camera considering how well this camera did. edit: just found out that that viewfinder costs more than the camera [​IMG]
     
  17. corey.m

    corey.m Well-Known Member

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    Rumour has it that a S95 will be released with the following specs:

    Backlit 1.17" CMOS sensor
    10 MP
    HD Video
    Minor ergonomic changes
     
  18. KenN

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    Rumour has it that a S95 will be released with the following specs:

    Backlit 1.17" CMOS sensor
    10 MP
    HD Video
    Minor ergonomic changes


    What does this mean? Is that a huge improvement over the S90?
     
  19. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    I got work to buy me one today - so far all we're really seeing about a replacement are rumors, there's been no official discontinue notice from what I find.

    of those specs - HD video might be important to some (I don't care), the megapixels don't change, ergonomics are fine on the S90 (probably better with a grip). Big change is the backlit sensor - should improve low-light performance (S90 is already pretty good, no quite on par with my old D70 @ 1600 but I wouldn't be averse to 8x10s), but I've heard that these sensors have a tendency to bloom light sources, which could suck.
     
  20. aleksandr

    aleksandr Senior member

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    Actually, I am quite, quite amazed at the performance of the S90 in low light conditions. True, dSLRs do it better but they're in a whole different league.
     

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