Looking for a pocket friendly camera with SLR type controls? Check out the Canon PowerShot S90 ($399). The Canon PowerShot S90 sports a 10-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, and a customizable control ring. The S90 bridges the gap between a beginner camera (with great auto mode functionality) to a fully manual camera with control over aperture, shutter priority, and more.
Comparing the PowerShot S90 to the PowerShot G11, the S90 looks tiny and easily fits in your back pocket. It measures 3.94 inches wide, 1.2 deep, and 2.3 tall and weighs in at only 8 ounces (the G11 weighs 14 ounces). The lens is a 3.8x 15 optically stabilized zoom lens, with 28-105mm focal range. The best part is the f/2.0 wide aperture lens which allows you to take high quality shots in low light, rare in this class of camera.
The S90's lens also has a (clicking) control ring which makes you feel a bit more in control when making adjustments. The control ring does different things depending on what mode you are in, while in "auto mode" you can switch between focal lengths (28, 35, 50, 85 or 105mm), and while in "Program AE" it adjusts the focus. There are a ton of adjustments that can be made when you add the click wheel with the four-way controller on the back of the camera.
The top of the camera has a pop up flash, keeping the cameras lines clean and uncluttered. On top of the S90 you will also find the power switch, a dial mode knob, the shutter control, zoom controls, and a ring function key.
On the back of the camera you have your large 3-inch LCD flaunting 461K pixels. Next to the LCD screen are the shortcut, playback, display, menu and the four-way controller button. Also, you will notice a small led and your speaker for audio playback.