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Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS

An impressive update to the PowerShot "Pro" line, with a 10x optically stabilized zoom lens and 2.6 megapixel CCD!

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Review First Posted: 2/6/2001

2.6-megapixel CCD for 1,856 x 1,392-pixel images
10x optically stabilized (IS) zoom lens
SLR-like design with Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
Type II MicroDrive-compatible CompactFlash storage
Extensive exposure controls, powerful internal flash

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Manufacturer Overview
Canon U.S.A. has become a strong contender in the digital market over the last two years, developing a broad line of digital cameras, all designed and engineered to live up to the high standards Canon's known for in the film world. Last year saw its introduction of several innovative consumer-level cameras, as well as the extraordinary EOS D30 digital SLR. In the "prosumer" realm, the 3.3 megapixel G1 gladdened the hearts of many of the Canon faithful, providing a "no excuses" high-end design with all the features serious enthusiasts look for in digicam hardware.

With all the work elsewhere in their product line, many wondered about the fate of their earlier high-end consumer/prosumer model, the excellent PowerShot Pro70. Well, wonder no more: The Pro70's design aesthetic has been revisited and updated in the form of the PowerShot Pro90IS. And what an upgrade it is! From the 10x optically-stabilized zoom lens (the "IS" in the name stands for "Image Stabilizer") to the 2.6 megapixel CCD sensor, to its great image quality, the Pro90IS is a very worthy successor to its much-acclaimed predecessor! Read on for all the details!

Its two May announcements, the PowerShot S100 Digital Elph and the EOS D30, are perfect examples of how versatile Canon's digital line has become. In a body originally debuted as the "world's smallest" APS film camera in 1994, the 2.1-megapixel Digital Elph was redesigned on the inside for digital capture, but still maintained its super-sleek, ultra-compact physique. The EOS D30, built to look and feel like a conventional 35mm SLR, was introduced as a "prosumer" version of Canon's professional digital line, which included the EOS D2000 and EOS DCS-1. Now the 3.3-megapixel PowerShot G1 takes its place in Canon's digital lineup, with the look and feel of a compact SLR and the user-adjustable features of a pro model.

High Points

  • 2.6-megapixel CCD delivering up to 1,856 x 1,392-pixel resolution images.
  • Electronic viewfinder and 1.8-inch color LCD monitor with swivel design.
  • 10x, 7-70mm lens (equivalent to a 37-370mm lens on a 35mm camera) with Image Stabilizer.
  • 2x to 4x digital telephoto.
  • Auto and Manual focus.
  • Automatic, Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and Manual exposure modes, plus seven special "Scene" shooting modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to eight seconds.
  • Apertures from f/2.8 to f/8.0.
  • Variable ISO with five settings.
  • Center-Weighted Average or Spot metering, with AE (Auto Exposure) and FE (Flash Exposure) Lock.
  • Adjustable White Balance with seven modes.
  • Built-in, pop-up flash with five operating modes.
  • External flash hot shoe.
  • Movie mode with sound recording.
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing, Self-Timer, and Continuous shooting modes.
  • Infrared remote control included.
  • Images saved in JPEG or RAW file format; movies saved as AVI files.
  • Image storage on CompactFlash Type I or II memory cards.
  • USB cable for quick connection to a computer.
  • Included software CDs with Canon Utilities, ZoomBrowser EX, PhotoRecord, PhotoStitch, RemoteCapture, Apple QuickTime, Adobe Photoshop LE 5.0, and USB drivers.
  • NTSC A/V cable for connecting to a television set (PAL for European models).
  • Power from BP-511 rechargeable lithium battery pack (AC adapter / recharger included).
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.

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