May 10, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 Review

Sony's DSC-S90 model is an elegant new design, larger LCD, manual exposure control and the added utility of Cybershot Station™ compatibility. This model also offers the option to add tele- or wide- conversion lenses for greater magnification or a wider field of view.

Digital Camera Resource page have posted their review of the Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 and have this to say about it-
" The Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 is a very nice midrange camera that compares nicely with the Canon PowerShot A520, a camera which I consider the best-in-class. The S90 features a 4.1 Megapixel CCD which takes good quality pictures, with accurate color and reasonable noise and purple fringing levels. Images are slightly grainy, but this did not concern me. Camera performance is very good, though not quite as good as the DSC-W7 which I just reviewed. Most people will find the camera responsive and easy-to-use. Battery life is exceptional, especially given the fact that the S90 only uses two AA batteries.

The S90 is a midsize camera that's a little larger than the Canon A520 and similar models. While its made of plastic, I found the camera's build quality to be quite good. The S90 has a large (but not terribly high resolution) 2.5" LCD display which is viewable in dimly lit rooms and outdoors as well. Like all Sony cameras, the DSC-S90 features an AF-assist lamp which helps it focus in low light situations. If you like conversion lenses and filters then you'll enjoy the S90. You can choose from two telephoto and one wide-angle conversion lenses plus several filters. The S90 supports Sony's external slave flash as well, which attaches via the tripod mount.

The DSC-S90 has both automatic and manual controls. On the auto side you have a point-and-shoot mode as well as seven scene modes. The camera has a number of manual controls, though they're more limited than what the Canon A520 offers. I would've liked to have seen full aperture control, a real manual focus mode, and manual white balance, which would bring the S90 on par with the A520. One area in which the S90 beats most of the competition is in the movie mode department. You can record movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) until the memory card is full. Do note that this requires a Memory Stick Pro card. On a related note, Memory Sticks tend to be more expensive than most other memory card formats.

There aren't too many other downsides aside from those that I just mentioned. The camera's bundled software is pretty lousy, save for the Cyber-shot Life tutorial. The continuous shooting mode isn't great, but they rarely are on cameras in this class.

Overall the DSC-S90 gets my recommendation -- it's an impressive camera for the money. If you want to save $50 and don't mind a smaller LCD, the DSC-S60 is basically the same camera, except that it gets even better battery life."

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