s90 control dial: what other reviewers say

s90 Control DialMany Canon s90 digital cameras have an Achilles’ heel: the free-wheeling control dial. If you inadvertently touch the dial, it moves. Camera settings change and when that happens, shots are missed or ruined.

I have lots to say about the dial my s90 Blog.

I’m evidently not alone in my concerns. Read on to learn what those who review digital cameras for a living have to say about the control dial. It ain’t encouraging!

What reviewers say about the s90 control dial

“…Canon’s trademark spinning rear controller can be as frustrating as ever.” cnet.uk

“The ring surrounding the controls is far too loose, and I find myself constantly adjusting exposure compensation when I don’t actually mean to.” Luminous Landscape

“[The rear Control Dial…is so loose that] it’s a major liability when shooting with the Canon S90, because you have to check your settings all the time.” Imaging Resource

“The wayward rear Control dial and the slow zoom control…make setting exposure and zoom level almost unbearable most of the time, such that I missed 60 percent of the shots I’d have been able to get with other cameras.” Imaging Resource

“(The Control Dial) moves much too freely and can result in accidental changes.” cnet reviews

The Control Wheel: ”likely to change in just a light touch;” “a sloppy feel.” Impress Watch (translation)

[The Control Dial] … moves far too fast for precision, often resulting in unwanted changes.” Reg Hardware

“Since [the Control dial] spins freely…adjusting something accidentally is very easy.” Digital Camera Resource

“The rear ring…can be a bit fiddly. It’s not as well engineered as the ring around the lens, and it’s frustratingly easy to activate the nearby four-directional controller by mistake.
Tech Radar

“…the rear wheel is much too easy to move. If I’m simply trying to engage the flash, or bring up a menu (these buttons are located in the middle of the wheel), I’ve found myself accidentally changing some aspect of my shot on numerous occasions. It’s kind of annoying! gdgt

“[the thumb wheel is]…another source of ergonomic frustration on the S90: it’s too loose. It’s very easy to move the wheel accidentally.”  bythom

“Rear dial rotates too freely and cannot be disabled, so accidental settings changes too common.dpreview (Conclusions – Con)

If you’re thinking of buying the s90, be sure to test the control dial before plunking down your hard earned money. What was Canon thinking?!

Visit Gail’s pbase gallery for sample photos taken with the Canon s90.

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