Canon have extended their range of digital cameras with the addition of the PowerShot Pro90 IS. This new, flagship model of the range is bursting with state-of-the art technology and, although the lens is not interchangeable, in other respects offers users a similar level of
control and specification to that found on Canon EOS 35mm SLR cameras.
The 'IS' stands for Image Stabilisation, a sophisticated system that helps reduce camera-shake, and extremely valuable give the camera's 10x optical zoom range, equivalent to 37-370mm on a 35mm camera. There is also a 4x digital zoom.
Images may be captured at any of four different resolutions and various levels of compression up to 1856x1392pixels - a total of 2.6 million pixels - plus a movie recording and playback facility. Images are recorded via CompactFlash Type II slot. There's a 1.8inch TFT colour monitor that can be swiveled according to lighting conditions.
As well as fully-programmed exposure, there's a host of picture-taking modes including shutter-priority, aperture-priority, five PIC (Programmed Image Control) modes and manual. For fine-tuning there are exposure compensation and auto exposure bracketing (AEB) options included. Users have a choice of centre-weighted and spot metering and shutter speeds run from eight seconds to 1/1000sec. There's also a built-in flashgun with five mode options.
Software bundled with the camera includes Adobe Photoshop LE, Canon's Photostitch, ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser, PhotoRecord and RemoteCapture.
The Canon PowerShot Pro90IS has a guide price of 1099.