The Canon Powershot G11 was widely anticipated by underwater photographers – but the Canon Powershot S90 is smaller, lighter and seems to do the same job for a cheaper price. Which one to choose?
I recently wrote about the Canon Powershot G11 and its WP-DC34 underwater housing
, describing how it was one of the most anticipated cameras by underwater photographers for some time. Canon’s G series have brought a whole new level of image quality to compact cameras and get a lot of hype as a result. I’m personally in the market for a new compact camera myself too, so I was poised to buy one – until I heard about the Canon Powershot S90.
The current price for the Canon Powershot S90 is $399 on Amazon and $174 for the Canon WP-DC35 S90 Underwater Housing on Amazon – that’s at least $50 cheaper than the Canon G11. Yet the camera has a full-sized image sensor (sort of), a f2.0 zoom for low light, and shoots RAW format photos. So it basically seems to do everything the Canon G11 can do.
The clincher for me is that the S90 is smaller and lighter – possibly small enough to fit in a BCD pocket. Similarly, on land the S90 can fit in your pocket comfortably whereas the G11 is quite bulky. I am going to wait until I get to play with an S90 — I’m sure there will be someone on my next dive trip – but I am pretty sure this could be the compact camera I will buy next. If you’ve been using an S90 underwater, please let me know your thoughts, good or bad, about it.