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Is a used Canon S90 still worth buying?

elnino2783 1,843 570 February 17, 2016 at 09:45 AM
There's one locally available for $50 and I was considering checking it out.

Assuming it's in fine working condition, would you buy it?

Most likely I'll be giving the camera to my technically Illiterate parents who have dropped and broken their last two cameras.

They're always taking photos of the grandkids in lowlight, so the s90 sounds like a major step up from anything I could buy new for less than $150.

Thanks in advance for any advice or other cameras to consider!

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Quote from elnino2783 View Post :
There's one locally available for $50 and I was considering checking it out.

Assuming it's in fine working condition, would you buy it?

Most likely I'll be giving the camera to my technically Illiterate parents who have dropped and broken their last two cameras.

They're always taking photos of the grandkids in lowlight, so the s90 sounds like a major step up from anything I could buy new for less than $150.

Thanks in advance for any advice or other cameras to consider!
It's certainly not top of the line, but $50 doesn't seem outrageous. A flash the you have to manually enable isn't going to help with low light photos. A camera with a BSI CMOS sensor would, at a much higher price point.

As to parent proofing the camera you could always go a little crazy with some sugru:
https://sugru.com/guides/how-to-m...ids-camera
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It's pretty old at this point but $50 is not much if its in good shape. It won't be the best in low light but in all other situations should get the job done.
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I'd compare with refurbished Canon's sold directly by canon:
http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en...nformation

A refurb SX600HS @109 would have better low light performance.
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It's certainly not top of the line, but $50 doesn't seem outrageous. A flash the you have to manually enable isn't going to help with low light photos. A camera with a BSI CMOS sensor would, at a much higher price point.

As to parent proofing the camera you could always go a little crazy with some sugru:
https://sugru.com/guides/how-to-m...ids-camera
Haha, I had actually considered a sugru situation. Wasn't aware the flash is manual, but I'm not sure that's an issue.

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It's pretty old at this point but $50 is not much if its in good shape. It won't be the best in low light but in all other situations should get the job done.
Won't be the best compared to modern large sensor cameras, or modern point & shoots?
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I'd compare with refurbished Canon's sold directly by canon:
http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en...nformation

A refurb SX600HS @109 would have better low light performance.
Is that due to sensor size, or automatic flash?


Thanks all!
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Haha, I had actually considered a sugru situation. Wasn't aware the flash is manual, but I'm not sure that's an issue.

Is that due to sensor size, or automatic flash?
The flash is relatively automatic on all of these, but some require physically moving / releasing something before the flash will fire. Something will be displayed indicating you NEED the flash, but your parents might ignore it. However on some models where the flash is always exposed, the camera is designed in a way that it's very easy to partially or completely block the flash with your hand as you hold the camera (samsung).

There are also some waterproof/shockproof cameras that are more durable. I would try to convince them that if they're holding the camera, the wrist strap needs to be around their wrist.

CMOS sensors are generally better than CCDs at low light. I don't think any of the refurbs on canon's site have one, but a back side illuminated (BSI) sensor really helps in low light. The main point of showing you these refurbs was to point out that there might be some other options in a similar price range worth considering. All of these cameras have fairly small sensors, just remember size is given as a fraction, eg. 1/1.8> 1/2.1 > 1/2.9.
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the s90 is good for chdk. probably not what you're interested in, but it's a nice cheap camera for doing odd projects and stuff.

I use these point and shoots for time lapses. save my dslr shutters.
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I did something similar for my parents - but make sure they select the AUTO mode as the different photo capturing menus confused them - but they like how compact the powershot is.

For $10 more, there is this PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Blue Refurbished [canon.com] - good reviews on Amazon
  • 20 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor with DIGIC 4+ image processor
  • 10x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 40x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 2.7-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • Shoot 720p HD video with a dedicated movie button
  • Features include Help button, Smart AUTO, Scene modes, built-in flash and ECO mode
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