12 Jul 2010

Canon Powershot S90 vs IXUS 300HS (Video)

Took slightly longer for me to post this, but hope it helps. If you remember, I was trying to decide which camera to buy when I stumble upon this 2 great cameras.

The Canon Powershot S90 or IXUS 300HS? Let's start today with the brief comparison on the video I took with each of these wonderful camera.

1) Canon Powershot S90

2) Canon IXUS 300HS/ Powershot SD4000 IS

Although the S90 has a bigger sensor, from what I understood is that the sensor in the S90 does not support HD video technically. Why? Maybe someone can tell me ;)

Visibly we can see the IXUS 300HS with it's HD video capability outshine the video quality of the S90. No doubt about it.

HOWEVER, if your ear is sharp enough you can listen to the "mechanical" sound produced when I was zooming with the IXUS 300HS. This is however not existence on the S90. Why? Again, maybe someone can also tell me why! ;)

So? My verdict is, 1-0 to the IXUS 300HS. If video quality is something important I will go for the IXUS 300HS.

Part #2: Buttons


  1. AnonymousJuly 14, 2010

    Hi, I own a S90, and if I'm not wrong, the S90 only does digital zoom (i.e. not optical) during video recording. So there's no mechanical sound.

    The IXUS on the other hand, seems to do optical zoom.
    "The lens’ quiet drive system allows users to zoom during recording with minimum audio interference"
    (from http://www.dpreview.com/news/1005/10051101canonixus300hs.asp)

    Regarding the HD video, yes, it's because the sensor in the S90 does not support HD video. I guess not every sensor can be perfect.

  2. Oh... No wonder the S90 is so quiet ;) Thanks for the info! How do you find your new S90? ;)

  3. Apart from the sound during zooming with IXUS, sth can be heard around 4-7 and 30-36 sec. What's that? It's different from the zooming-sound. Could you tell if it comes from the camera? I'd really appreciate that.

  4. MK: Sorry for the late reply ;)

    The sound that you were mentioning is the same zooming mechanism sound from the IXUS. The reason it's different because of my speed of zooming. On the 4-7 sec sounds, it's a very slow zoom and the other sound is when I was zooming at the fastest pace.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Yes, it does:) Thanks a lot, and Happy New Year!