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PowerShot Pro90 IS

PowerShot Pro90 IS

PowerShot Pro90 IS

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Marketed February 2001
Original Price 160,000 yen

PowerShot Pro90 IS digital still camera, Canon’s first digital camera to incorporate a built-in 10x zoom lens with optical Image Stabilization. The PowerShot Pro90 IS is the latest example of Canon’s ongoing commitment to provide consumers with high-quality, easy-to-use products by combining its expertise in camera and lens design with advanced digital imaging technology.

The new Pro90 IS tops Canon’s current lineup of PowerShot-series cameras. In addition to its 10x zoom lens with image stabilization, it incorporates a multitude of advanced features including 12 EOS system-based picture-taking modes; wide exposure sensitivity (equivalent to ISO 50-400); several manual settings; and movie recording and playback with audio. Other advanced features include a highly ergonomic handgrip plus a variable-angle LCD monitor for easier handling and greater shooting flexibility; full compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards, optional accessories including supplementary lenses and a hot shoe for EX-series Speedlites.

Additional camera features include shutter speeds from 8 seconds to 1/1000 second; an iris diaphragm; built-in flash with five control modes; an eye-level electronic viewfinder with dioptric correction; a wireless remote controller; and a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in the camera.

The Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS also offers numerous advanced digital features including a 1/1.8″, 3.34 million pixel CCD (2.6 megapixels recorded); high-speed plug-and-play USB data transfer plus optional RS-232C serial interface; switchable video output format (NTSC/PAL); and a wide selection of image quality settings including JPEG and RAW as well as adjustments for contrast, sharpness and color saturation.

Image sensor: 3.34 million-pixel (total)/ 1/1.8″ CCD
(Effective number of pixels: approx. 3.24 million, recording pixels: approx. 2.58 million)
Lens: 7 (W) – 70 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent : 37 – 370 mm)
F2.8 (W) – F3.5 (T)
Digital tele-converter: 2x, 4x (Maximum 40x digital zoom is available when combined with optical zoom)
Autofocus method: TTL autofocus (continuous)
Focus lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing range:
(from tip of the
lens barrel)
Normal AF: 10 cm (W)/ 1 m (T) – infinity
(3.9 in. (W)/ 3.3 ft. (T) – infinity)
Manual Focus: 10 cm (W)/ 1 m (T) – infinity
(3.9 in. (W)/ 3.3 ft. (T) – infinity)
Shutter: Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter speeds: 8 – 1/1000 sec.
8 sec. shutter is available in Shutter-Priority mode or Manual mode
1/1000 sec. available at aperture setting from F4 to F8
(equivalent film speed):
Auto, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200 and ISO 400 equivalent
(In Auto mode, camera automatically adjusts sensitivity in the range of ISO 50 to ISO 100 equivalent)
Light metering method: Center-weighted average metering or Spot metering
Exposure control method: Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control
AE lock is available
Exposure compensation: +- 2.0EV (in 1/3-stop increments)
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is available
White balance: TTL auto white balance, pre-set white balance (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Flash) or Custom white balance
Built-in flash: Operating modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction auto, Red-eye reduction On, On or Off
Flash range: 70 cm – 4.2 m (2.3 ft. – 13.8 ft.) (W)
1 m – 3.4 m (3.3 ft. – 11.2 ft.) (T)
(At ISO 100 equivalent)
Terminals for external flash: Sync-terminals at accessory shoe
Use of following external flashes is recommended: Canon Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX and 550EX
Flash exposure compensation: +- 2.0EV (in 1/3-stop increments)
Shooting modes: Auto
Creative zone: Program, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority and Manual
Image zone: Pan-focus, Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Black & white, Stitch Assist and Movie
Self-timer: Activates shutter after a 10-sec. delay
Wireless control: Shooting and playback are available (wireless controller is included in the camera kit)
When shooting, images is captured 2 seconds after shutter button pressed
PC-connected shooting: Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit)
Continuous shooting: Approx. 0.7 image/sec. (Large/ Fine mode)
Viewfinder: Color LCD viewfinder
LCD monitor: 1.8″, TFT color LCD
Storage media: CompactFlash™ (CF) card (Type I and Type II)
File format: Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant
Image recording format: Still images: JPEG or RAW
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAVE [monaural])
JPEG compression mode: Superfine, Fine or Normal
Number of recording pixels: Still Images: Large : 1856 x 1392pixels
Medium: 1024 x 768 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies : 320 X 240 pixels at 15 frames/sec., up to approx. 30 sec. per movie
Playback modes: Single/ Index (9 thumbnails), Magnified (approx. 2.5x or 5x on LCD monitor or viewfinder) or Slide show
Interface: Universal Serial Bus (USB)/ RS232, Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio) and CF card slot (complied with CF Type II standard)
Power Source:
  1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511)
    (included in the camera kit)
  2. AC adapter
    (included in the camera kit)
  3. Car battery adapter
    (Optional Charge Adapter/ Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560 is required)
Operating temperatures: 0 – 40 degrees C (32 – 104 degrees F)
Operating humidity: 10 – 90 %
(W x H x D):
126.5 x 83.9 x 139.1 mm (5.0 x 3.3 x 5.5 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Weight: 680 g (24.0 oz.) (camera body only)
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