May 18, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 Review

The Sony Cybershot DSC-S90, one of a couple of new 4 megapixel lower-cost cameras announced in February, offers a fairly comprehensive list of features - including a large 2.5-inch screen, lots of scene modes and a fully manual exposure option.
Sony Cybershot DSC-S90

DPReview have today posted their review of this value packed digicam and have this to say-
"There are many 4MP cameras on the market today offering serious competition for the S90 - many of them costing slightly less, many of them boasting a much slicker design. But the Sony has a few things going for it - very fast focus, big screen, manual exposure mode, excellent handling and a very high 'hit-rate', with very few shots ruined by camera errors. The nearest competitor is the Canon PowerShot A520, a camera with better photographic control, metal body and a marginally sharper lens, but without the S90's very fast focus or big bright screen.

Ultimately though, although I found the S90 a much more rewarding camera to use than I ever expected, and I was impressed with the results (given the target market), it simply doesn't tick enough boxes, even though it's a very good all-round performer.

It's neither the cheapest, nor is it the most capable camera in its class (and it's certainly not the cutest), and though it does everything it should without any problems it simply doesn't offer anything to make it stand out from the crowd (with the possible exception of that big screen)."
  • 4.1 effective megapixels
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens (3x optical zoom)
  • F2.8 - F5.6, 39-117mm (35mm equiv.)
  • Long life STAMINA battery: up to 420 shots per charge
  • 2.5” LCD (115,000 pixels)
  • Manual exposure function
  • Real Imaging Processor
  • Optional Cyber-shot Station dock
  • Scene selection (7 modes)
  • Histogram indication
  • Optional tele and wide lens adaptors
  • 32MB internal memory, plus Memory Stick PRO slot

Click to read the rest of Sony Cybershot DSC-S90 review.