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Epimetheus
11-20-2009, 03:53
I got tired of waiting while my M8 is being repaired so I bought a pocket cam to kill the time.

It's easy to shoot good looking high ISO pictures in the studio with good lighting. Here is a small set of pictures I have taken on my trip to work:

http://markuspuustinen.com/galleriat/09/11/canon_s90_low_light_high_iso/index.html (http://markuspuustinen.com/galleriat/09/11/canon_s90_low_light_high_iso/index.html)

At the moment it is dark almost around the clock here in Finland so image stabilisation, high ISO and wide apertures are all needed.

Here is one sample from the set:

http://markuspuustinen.com/galleriat/09/11/canon_s90_low_light_high_iso/content/bin/images/large/usva_lapinlahti.jpg

Pickett Wilson
11-20-2009, 04:14
Wow. I'm sold. I've been looking for this real-world stuff for awhile. More than "good enough." :)

Thanks for posting these.

dexdog
11-20-2009, 04:27
Excellent demonstration of the camera's capabilities. I have been playing around with my S90, and have been impressed by the very low noise levels in low light and high ISO conditions. (However, I will spare RFF the ordeal of looking at my lousy pics.)

Albee
11-20-2009, 04:34
Really interesting
is the camera that I intend to buy in the near future.
It sounds simple, discreet and efficient!:)

Bobfrance
11-20-2009, 04:41
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
I've been wondering what the best low-light compact is these days.

DC1030
11-20-2009, 04:54
shows real bad distortion in wide angel...

dexdog
11-20-2009, 05:01
shows real bad distortion in wide angel...

that is easily fixed with software. Does it automatically if shot in JPG, and easily fixed in Photoshop or similar program if shot in RAW.

Not a bad compromise for such a tiny lens/body combination

Paddy C
11-20-2009, 05:15
Thanks for posting. The S90 is at the top of my list to replace my wife's little sony p&s. Your gallery seals it.

gnuyork
11-20-2009, 05:51
Thanks for posting. The S90 is at the top of my list to replace my wife's little sony p&s. Your gallery seals it.

Same here. Her B-day is coming up. My concern was shutter lag, but I have read that it's not too bad for a P&S. Love the idea of RAW, 2.0, and low noise high ISO in a tiny camera.

The original poster's picture is very nice, and demonstrates the S90's unique ability.

dazedgonebye
11-20-2009, 06:22
Seems the best compact digital P&S right now.
Very nice.

kuzano
11-20-2009, 06:31
I've pondered it, but usually camera size is not a concern for me. So, I was coming to the conclusion that for the extra $50 to $75, I'd get the features here, plus more with the G11.

However, yesterday, I went to Best Buy and played with the G11 and the S90. The G11 is somewhat bigger and much less discrete. I think the articulating screen and slightly longer zoom is going to swing me toward the G11.

The smaller camera size of the S90 is seductive however.

PatrickT
11-20-2009, 06:59
Great photos, your making me want to go out and buy one now!

Paddy C
11-20-2009, 08:03
Same here. Her B-day is coming up. My concern was shutter lag, but I have read that it's not too bad for a P&S. Love the idea of RAW, 2.0, and low noise high ISO in a tiny camera.

The original poster's picture is very nice, and demonstrates the S90's unique ability.

The other option (and I just read a more positive review of it) is the new Sony WX1. It seems to be drawing really mixed opinions however. Doesn't have the sophistication of the S90 but may take better low-light shots and both of those things would likely be good for my wife.

kuvvy
11-20-2009, 11:01
I've pondered it, but usually camera size is not a concern for me. So, I was coming to the conclusion that for the extra $50 to $75, I'd get the features here, plus more with the G11.

However, yesterday, I went to Best Buy and played with the G11 and the S90. The G11 is somewhat bigger and much less discrete. I think the articulating screen and slightly longer zoom is going to swing me toward the G11.

The smaller camera size of the S90 is seductive however.

I got the G11 this week for the articulated screen too. Loved it on my old G5 and then I bought the G7, itself a nice camera, which didn't have it and I missed it. I reckon the S90 is a decent camera too from the reiews I've seen but as I have an LX3 and a GRDIII already, 'small and compact' are covered. I wanted the G11 instead of a DSLR. Now I have it my Oly E420 and pancake lens and my tiny Fuji F30 are going up for sale shortly.

Thardy
11-20-2009, 11:24
The other option (and I just read a more positive review of it) is the new Sony WX1. It seems to be drawing really mixed opinions however. Doesn't have the sophistication of the S90 but may take better low-light shots and both of those things would likely be good for my wife.


Are you saying the Sony may take better low light photos than the S90?

Paddy C
11-20-2009, 12:05
Are you saying the Sony may take better low light photos than the S90?

Yes. But I have yet to see something that makes me sure of it. The WX1 uses Sony's Exmor R sensor which is supposed to produce less noise. It also has a "twilight mode" that (IIRC) takes several exposures quickly and combines them to help with noise in low-light situations.

The camera was trashed by DCResource and praised by Photography Blog.

Some users are reporting very pleasing results.

Some of what you give up with one of these cameras you get with the other. EG better movie mode with the Sony, RAW shooting with the Canon.

Still thinking Canon at this point as I would like the option to shoot RAW and make use of more advanced controls even if my wife doesn't need them.

Fenwick
11-21-2009, 16:26
I bought the S90 about a week ago and love it
Have taken some low light photos on my way to work last week and was very pleased with the images up to 800 iso

Im thinking about shooting more digital and less film now.
Too bad too because i just perchased a beautiful Konica Hexar AF a few weeks ago and thinking of selling the Hexar anyone interested?

gnuyork
11-22-2009, 10:36
The other option (and I just read a more positive review of it) is the new Sony WX1. It seems to be drawing really mixed opinions however. Doesn't have the sophistication of the S90 but may take better low-light shots and both of those things would likely be good for my wife.

I was wondering about the WX1 as well. It was either that or the S90, and I couldn't find much info in the WX1. Both seemingly have appealing features for a compact point and shoot.

TWoK
11-22-2009, 14:19
I've pondered it, but usually camera size is not a concern for me. So, I was coming to the conclusion that for the extra $50 to $75, I'd get the features here, plus more with the G11.

However, yesterday, I went to Best Buy and played with the G11 and the S90. The G11 is somewhat bigger and much less discrete. I think the articulating screen and slightly longer zoom is going to swing me toward the G11.

The smaller camera size of the S90 is seductive however.
Except for a whole stop faster lens.

lemalk
11-22-2009, 17:36
Jeez - that s90 is soooo tempting.

Now I continue to hold off the LX3 and the D-Lux 4 because who knows what else is around the corner and a p&s isn't so much a necessity as much of a convenience.

The s90's fast lens, small, slim body is fantastic. I haven't shot with a Canon since my days with the G2.

Can't wait to see more samples at low-light and high ISOs.

jbf
11-23-2009, 09:29
if it only had a damn hotshoe! i'd buy it in a second! i want an optical viewfinder damnit.

Kevin
11-23-2009, 09:59
Beautiful. Were all of those posted shots taken handheld or did you rest the camera on a stable surface for some of them?

bmattock
11-23-2009, 10:17
Heads up for those interested - Ben's Bargains says Newegg has the S90 for $402 USD. I have no association with Ben's Bargains, and I only know Newegg because I buy from them from time to time. Just FYI:

http://bensbargains.net/deal/121797/?referrer=rss

Bill58
11-24-2009, 04:03
I've been looking for another compact, wide angle digital that I could use in low light. I thought the Fuji F30 was it, but it was disappointing. Maybe I'll try the Sony WX-1.

Bill

jamesj
11-25-2009, 08:43
we have one of these at work and i love it. If i had the money i would buy my own, but for now ill use works.

here are my examples. Hope they are not to big.


i had to convert to b&w the fluorescent lights killed the shot...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2519/4059640238_c891d617ba_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2788/4058896131_620087200a_b.jpg


i think i did a minor levels tweak other than that right from camera.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/4052350886_56a7c312ec_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/4039353626_7b3553e7e4_o.jpg

gnuyork
11-28-2009, 05:48
we have one of these at work and i love it. If i had the money i would buy my own, but for now ill use works.

here are my examples. Hope they are not to big.


i had to convert to b&w the fluorescent lights killed the shot...



Are you referring to the S90 with these images? Those are very nice images.

Bobfrance
11-28-2009, 06:37
we have one of these at work and i love it. If i had the money i would buy my own, but for now ill use works.

here are my examples. Hope they are not to big.


i had to convert to b&w the fluorescent lights killed the shot..

Very nice images. I particularly like the first two B&W shots.

jamesj
11-29-2009, 18:31
Are you referring to the S90 with these images? Those are very nice images.

yes the s90 we use one for our marketing department when we go out and set up booths and raffle prize winners. Its small and better than hauling our SLR around.

most of the time i carry it around with me and use it, the top 2 photos were taken at the opening of our new hotel and casino.

The bottom ones at the state fair. I wanted to take it with me since it goes down to F2 and knew it was going to be dark so i wanted to try and see what kind of results i would get.

easyrider
11-29-2009, 18:38
Nice shots. But I am curious about the casino shots. I presume it is a casino. They are usually hyper about anyone using a camera. Did they not notice?

jamesj
11-29-2009, 20:15
They didn't notice me i had the camera stashed in my pocket when we walked in. I have been stopped before with my canonet and told i could not go in with it. But usually i only take one or two shots inside. I had taken another casino shot while i was in florida and did not get stopped, i guess it just depends i suppose.

This was the grand opening of the new casino as i said and there were reporters with cameras earlier in the day so i was not to worried about getting stopped.

i also had a discussion with a friend of mine who is a gaming inspector and he said they cannot stop you from taking pictures inside the casino though they do frown on taking pictures of the open machines while employees are working on them.

I think its more of a trial and error kind of thing.

TWoK
11-29-2009, 20:42
They certainly can stop you as it is a private establishment.

jamesj
11-29-2009, 21:04
They certainly can stop you as it is a private establishment.

im sure they could but at the same time i cant help but think about las vegas where they have all kinds of tourists taking photos inside the casinos, thats why i asked him the question.

but like i said i think its trial and error.


:)

jamesj
12-30-2009, 11:55
here is one i took on Christmas Eve night...

out on the road to my moms place...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2711/4219541264_ca5e942fd7_o.jpg

Fenwick
12-30-2009, 17:26
This camera really kicks a-- for a P&S

maelswarm
12-30-2009, 17:28
Isn't the sensor the same as that in the GRDIII?

Fenwick
12-30-2009, 17:30
Its the same as the G11
not sure about the GRD111

andydg
12-30-2009, 20:10
I bought one for my wife, to replace the G10 she had. Better images overall than her previous camera and a lot smaller. I also like the feature of being able to use the ring that surrounds the lens to adjust different settings on the fly instead of having to dig through the menus.

morgan
12-31-2009, 11:19
Some really great shots in here. I'm torn between this and the lx3 for a p&s. At any given moment I could go either way...

Fenwick
12-31-2009, 11:25
I had the lx-3 for a while but that joy stick thingy they use for the menu is a pain
I much perfer the S90

fotomeow
12-31-2009, 12:23
My vote goes for the S90: I had excitedly awaited its release, and had pre-ordered. I was told its was "the photographers point and shoot camera". I had already been impressed with the the Canon S70 I had bought 4 years ago, and at that time, it was also the most advanced P & S.
My expectations have not been let down by the S90, only overrun. Im truly amazed at what they packed into this camera, not only in terms of features, but image quality. I've read that it is not the lens which garners such good quality for its size, but the digital processing within the camera and post-processing (to decrease distortion created by the lens).
Perhaps this is an example of the direction the manufacturers are now heading: they are now focussing less on improving lens quality, and instead putting R and D $$ into the post-processing software. Although I dont really like that idea, it may become a business-evil-reality, since it may be more cost-effective for large scale manufacturers to do it this way: They may make more money in the long run, and they are all about $$$.

morgan
01-04-2010, 06:16
Are you guys mostly shooting raw or jpegs out of it? I usually shoot raw all the time, but if the magic is in the in-camera processing, maybe I'd have to rethink that.

GoodPhotos
01-10-2010, 09:17
For anything that I think will be a real challenge, I shoot RAW, but for most shooting I'm using the Large Superfine JPEG and am very happy with the in camera processing. This was at the theater last night with friends just before Avatar in 3D (hence the funny glasses)...1/8sec, f/2, 800ISO handheld...
http://files.posterous.com/goodphotos/xae9rk7mRG82nrPOSKQTkZQzfEWgHdDjTWJ2MpfjtTT29iceW7 TrFX7vYJUz/avatar3d.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=1C9REJR1EMRZ83Q7QRG2&Expires=1263158037&Signature=i2ZWswExYRCdgQvp2slbkPkaJ90%3Dhttp://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/goodphotos/jyz6AEcEfNANcQWVTy3F6nNy9SCAS2WojFtLt5rc7oNkjfQbJP E3vzyotPhO/avatar3d.jpg.scaled.500.jpg

http://files.posterous.com/goodphotos/xae9rk7mRG82nrPOSKQTkZQzfEWgHdDjTWJ2MpfjtTT29iceW7 TrFX7vYJUz/avatar3d.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=1C9REJR1EMRZ83Q7QRG2&Expires=1263147375&Signature=Zyg%2BghGPHF37v5cuDknZhzPK70U%3D

Epimetheus
01-10-2010, 09:33
Here is one quick shot taken with Canon S90 at ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/20s. I took the same shot with my M8 and it has a lot more noise. Unfortunately I didn't save that one.

http://markuspuustinen.com/images/eiblogi/canon_s90_iso800_example.jpg

Epimetheus
01-11-2010, 05:50
Here is one more with the Canon S90. ISO 1600, f2.0, 1/15s. I'm starting to feel that this camera is quite amazing for a small sensor pocket cam.

http://markuspuustinen.com/images/eiblogi/cat_with_canon_s90_iso1600.jpg

smoothstones
01-15-2010, 09:40
Thanks to all for posting the S90 photos, especially at high ISO's. I had the LX3 and found 2 annoying things: the screen was very difficult to view in bright outdoor light and the tele end was too short. It did deliver outstanding b&w jpegs. Now I use a G10 and it is quite good, though far from shirt pocketable. I've been looking at the S90 and perhaps the WX-1, but as noted earlier, haven't found enough info on the Sony.