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Old December 21st, 2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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I am looking at buying this for my wife for christmas. What are your thoughts and has anyone used or own one of these?

Also are there any ways to get this cheaper than 399. Canon sells it for that price so does best buy. Are there any camera stores that you can wheel and deal at? Are there any stores offering gift cards or anything for large purchases?
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Old December 21st, 2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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Seriously no constructive opinions?
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Old December 21st, 2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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Why the S90 over the S20xIs? Size?
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Old December 21st, 2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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Why the S90 over the S20xIs? Size?
x2 this! If I was going to spend 400 dollars on a camera, size would be no concern. There are camera's out there that are just as good for less if you just want a small Point & Shoot.

SX20 IS = awesome. 720p HD video? Yes please.

But I will say Canon's camera's are good quality. I've had their Powershot A560 for years now, and never had a problem with it.
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s90- Better in low light and smaller

S20xIS- faster, better zoom.

Do they have the same lens.

I know the s90 has the aperature lens.

When I used both in the store the quality looked so much better out of the s90. When I zoomed in with s20xis it got blury. With the s 90 I zoomed in and purposly moved the camera around and they still came out clear.

I am looking for help making a decision. All we have ever owened is the 100-120 point and shoots.
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s90- Better in low light and smaller

Sx20IS- faster, better zoom.

Do they have the same lens.

I know the s90 has the aperature lens.

When I used both in the store the quality looked so much better out of the s90. When I zoomed in with s20xis it got blury. With the s 90 I zoomed in and purposly moved the camera around and they still came out clear.

I am looking for help making a decision. All we have ever owened is the 100-120 point and shoots.

Same lens? You aren't comparing apples to apples. You suggested the S90 which is a point-and-shoot digital. The Sx20Is is an advanced digital.

S90 Features:
  1. New 10.0 Megapixel sensor coupled with Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor designed as the High Sensitivity System for improved low light image performance, plus a Low Light scene mode for ISO settings up to 12,800.
  2. This compact and pocket-sized camera is a must-have for everyday use for the advanced amateur.
  3. A bright f/2.0 lens, great for shooting in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field for great images with beautiful soft backgrounds.
  4. A customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other creative shooting settings.
  5. A Wide-angle 3.8x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 28 - 105mm) with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer.
  6. Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control.
  7. Large 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD for even greater true-to-life color reproduction.
  8. View Sample Images

SX20 IS Features:
  • This high-powered 20x Wide-angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve magnificent images whether you are up close or far away.
  • Provides flexibility to use the optical zoom while shooting superb 720p HD movies with stereo sound so you can fully capture those fun, memorable moments, with an HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV.
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 22 predefined shooting situations.
  • This classically styled DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 12.1 Megapixel camera is a perfect device for any shooter!
  • Large 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD enables easy viewing.
  • This AA battery powered camera enables you to easily power up.
  • View Sample Images

Compare specs here:
S90
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...elTechSpecsAct
SX20 IS
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...elTechSpecsAct

I don't have first hand experiance with the SX20 yet. I have an S5IS that I love with a few design exceptions.

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Old December 21st, 2009, 05:43 PM   #7
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I need some more input to help make the decision. I am really stuck because I dont have the experience with higher end cameras. I dont really know what pros and cons are more important.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:46 PM   #8
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Old December 21st, 2009, 10:31 PM   #9
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You cant go wrong with that camera, it will work great. But if you would like to save a little money, you could spend 200-300 and they will work just as well.

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 07:37 AM   #10
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I have an older version of the S20, the S5is. It is an awesome camera. I wanted something easy for the wife, fairly compact, flexible, and high quality. I shot as a pro for 10 yrs and studied fine art photog. in college, so I know my way around a camera.

That S20is is the best bang for the buck on the market as far as Im concerned. Almost as much flexibility as a DSLR, quality of an entry level DSLR, can replace your video camera, still simple and compact enough for anyone to pickup and use quickly.

I think it's the best of P&S and DSLR combined into one.

You can't go wrong w/ any Canon P&S.
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I have an older version of the S20, the S5is. It is an awesome camera. I wanted something easy for the wife, fairly compact, flexible, and high quality. I shot as a pro for 10 yrs and studied fine art photog. in college, so I know my way around a camera.

That S20is is the best bang for the buck on the market as far as Im concerned. Almost as much flexibility as a DSLR, quality of an entry level DSLR, can replace your video camera, still simple and compact enough for anyone to pickup and use quickly.

I think it's the best of P&S and DSLR combined into one.

You can't go wrong w/ any Canon P&S.
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The only downside to the S20 is it isn't as thin or light as the a P&S. I love having the camera use AA batteries though. I have two sets and a quick charger and can shoot forever before even using the second set.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 07:28 PM   #12
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So the S90 is 10 mega pixle and the SX20 is 12.1. I dont think this is going to make much of a difference. Am I correct?

The S90 has a 3.8x zoom and the sx20 has 20x. This obviously is a huge difference.

The S90 has a shutter speed of 15-1/1600 sec. and the sx20 is 15 - 1/3200 sec. So the sx20 is faster. This feature is good for what and is it that big of a difference?

The S90 has a f/2 - f/8 (wide); f/4.9 - f/8 (telephoto) and the sx20 has f/2.8 - f/8.0. Wouldn't the telephoto lens be better?

They both have movie capability but the sx20 has hd. Is this a huge difference?

The s90 has way more ISO settings. 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200 VS Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 This is used for light control and from my understanding is a big difference. Correct?

So which one is truly better? I am so confused.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 09:28 PM   #13
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actually you could refer to the s90 as faster... a lower aperture lens is technically a 'faster' lens, meaning you can shoot higher shutter speed with lower light

depending on what you photograph, a 2.0 lens can be a lot of fun for taking pics in manual mode

an example of a pic taken with a 2.0 lens... DOF is probaly a centimeter front to back, shot from about 10 inches

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One of my pics from the weekend with the Sony.
I've got a Canon Powershot.
I say spend another $100 over that and get her this:
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665879068

I have an alpha and love it.
But then, I'm a camera freak and own 17 of them.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 10:52 PM   #15
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I say try again in the photography section. Noob.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 11:07 PM   #16
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If your wife is REALLY into photography, get her the SX20 or better yet, an alpha, but if shes not into photography from a technical aspect, there's no way I'd be spending $400 on a p&s. My wife loves her Sony P200 and it was $270 years ago, still takes beautiful pics for what it is.
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In the end, either one will be a good camera. Either one will do what you want it to. Dont worry about 2 extra shutter speed settings, or a couple more ISO settings. Both have enough settings to keep a studied amateur happy.
You will never know the diff. between 10/12 mpixels.

The main diff. that will affect 90% of the population, when comparing these two cameras, is one will fit in your pocket, and one wont.
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Sounds like the sx20 is a better camera judging by the specs you listed. The lens specs you listed for the sx90 say that it has a varying aperture depending on which zoom level you are at. I'd rather have f/2.0 through the entire range. (sx20) As far as shutter speed, as said above the difference is not even worth considering. I don't think u will ever shoot at 1600, let alone 3200.

As far as ISO goes, anything above say 400-800 is going to produce shitty pics anyways. They will be full of what they call noise, and will look grainy.

The HD will definitely be noticeable when shooting video. It will be the difference between normal TV and HD TV.

Pretty much sounds like you spelled out which camera you want.
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