• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 27.00mm - 108.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon S90 advantages over Nikon S4000

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.08 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/3.2
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 0 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 0 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S4000 advantages over Canon S90

  • Less expensive
    $200 vs $430 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    20 mm vs 30 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    131g vs 175g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    12.0 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon S3000

Canon S90
Nikon S3000
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Nikon S4000
Nikon S3000
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon S95

Canon S90
Canon S95
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 24p video
Nikon S4000
Canon S95
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax RS1000

Canon S90
Pentax RS1000
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Nikon S4000
Pentax RS1000
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon S100

Canon S90
Canon S100
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
Nikon S4000
Canon S100
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon S110

Canon S90
Canon S110
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $249
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S4000
Canon S110
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $249
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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