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Published On: Thu, Jul 12th, 2012

Canon PowerShot S95 Camera Review

A year ago, Canon was launched its PowerShot S90 and here we are now reviewing its all new Canon PowerShot S95 that comes with compact design. The S90 had wide-aperture lens and manual shooting features, but due to some flaws the camera did not go well. The S95 is the successor to S90 and includes strong 720p video capture upgrade, enhanced image stabilization, feature set, and minor tweaks to the design. However, performance is still on par and is slow, but can be acceptable.

Canon PowerShot S95 Design :

All we must say is that the S95 gets good body feel and not much appealing when it comes to performance or other features. The camera is well built and also gets slight texture finish as compared to the previous S90. It comes smaller in size and is also the lightest in its class. The camera lacks quite a lot of thing due to which professional or beginners in photography might dislike. The option for viewfinder is also missing. However, one thing that we have to consider is its portability and easy to fit in pocket character. Some photographers might even feel it very small in hand which is good for travelers.

Canon PowerShot S95 Features

Before you make purchase, ensure that you explore the camera properly to fulfill all your requirements. The settings should be easy to access. Otherwise, there s no point of buying a camera that runs on complete auto mode. Coming back to the design, you will find front ring that is used to make setting on ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, manual focus, exposure compensation, stepped zoom, white balance, aspect ratio (i-Contrast), and manual focus. You can set the function independently for shooting mode. The design improves due to the ring where the design looks more like DSLR camera than a compact.

Right at the top of the camera, you will find a mode dial that lets you access the manual controls and scene modes. Various custom settings are also available for quick mode-dial access. Shutter button can be found almost at the middle. Power button is also placed at the top. At the back, you will find the lens coming out when the camera is started. Rest the LCD works fine and gives good views to the users before clicking the picture or shooting. The display of this camera measures 7.5 cm or 3.0 inch with PureColor TFT II G and around 461,000 dots.

There is a flip-out flash that comes with auto and manual on/off function. It enables red eye reduction, face detection, manual power adjustment with 3 levels (internal flash), second curtain synchronization, and acts as Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1. The display gives you access to a lot of different settings before clicking or shooting including a range of photo effects, drive modes and continuous shooting. The camera measures 99.8 by 58.4 by 29.5 mm in dimensions (WxHxD) and weighs around 193 gram along with battery and memory card.

Canon PowerShot S95 Camera Review

PowerShot S95 Performance :

With approximately 10.0M effective pixels, the camera delivers good image quality. Yet the distraction of this top-notch quality device is the less compressed JPEG option. The company says JPEG’s come excellent, clean and can be used up to ISO 400. The camera sports DIGIC 4 type image processor with iSAPS technology. The images come a lot better as compared to the ultra-compact devices. The lens of Canon PowerShot S95 is very bright and sharp, but is found a little distorted when put at widest. Default setting can put the color saturation at excessive level. You will not find neutral color setting in raw+ JPEG shooting mode. The video quality is good and the stereo mics deliver loud sound which was unexpected from a compact like this.

The Canon PowerShot S95 camera can take around 0.2 seconds longer (over 2 seconds) to power on the device and shoot. The camera is 0.1 second faster in performance at focus and shoot in bright light. However, if it has to shoot in dim then it can perform slowly. Not all bad features, but the device provides HDR mode as well which you might enjoy. Though this seems a small package, but you will be surprised seeing that the camera can actually click movable objects. So, you can fill the memory space with photographs like pets, kids, widelife, and other motion captures.

Canon PowerShot S95 Camera

At the end, the ISO levels range from Auto 80 to 3200.You just have to roll the wheel or tab between them to get the desired setting. The camera becomes your complete guide in assisting the functionality, so you don’t really have to carry the manual along with you wherever you go. The focal length ranges from 6.0 to 22.5 mm and is equivalent to 35 mm – 28 to 105 mm. Despite this, the camera holds optical zoom of up to 3.8x and combined to approximately 15x. White balance comes equipped with cloudy, daylight, auto with face detection WB, fluorescent, underwater, custom, and fluorescent H.

There is a direct print option incorporated to this camera. It is the Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers that supports PictBridge. The camera is equipped with intelligent orientation sensor, histogram and numerous menu languages. The camera is supported by Windows 7 or Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3. Also Mac OS X v10.4 – 10.6 can be accessed.

Canon PowerShot S95 Price

Canon S95 Connectivity :

The Canon PowerShot S95 features a hard plastic cover that gives access to port for both AV out/USB out port and HDMI cable. The device comes along with two separate USB cables, but the box does not include HDMI cable. So, you have to buy one to connect this camera to your HDTV. Apart from hi-speed USB (PTP, MTP), you get dedicated Mini-B compatible connector.

Canon PowerShot S95 Memory :

The camera comes with optional SD/SDHC card. So, you can put storage medium and start clicking as much photos and videos as you want. HCMMCplus, MMC, MMCplus, and SDXC are other memory card options that the camera can read.

Canon PowerShot S95 Review

Canon PowerShot S95  Camera Battery :

The battery life of this compact is not something to chase for, but it gives straight 2-00 shots on full charge without the use of its flip-out flash. Other than this, you can shoot video for around 300 minutes. A battery charger is provided along with the camera so you can carry it along with you on a trip or visit. Under the hood sits a lithium ion NB-6L rechargeable battery.

Canon PowerShot S95 Price :

The Canon PowerShot S95 price is set at $379 which stands on expensive segment, but some features make it unattractive even though the design is good.

Canon PowerShot S95 Specs

Pros :

The camera has got attractive design and can capably deliver good quality photos. It comes with complete set of manual controls and produces good 720p video.

Cons :

The camera boasts a sub par battery and provides low compression JPEG option.

Canon PowerShot S95

Verdict :

The Cannon S95 PowerShot camera delivers better performance, but DSLR enthusiasts might hope more than what has been loaded to this camera. Some manual settings are good which are unexpected in such compact sized camera. However, some may find this lightweight, compact camera pretty expensive because of certain flaws it possesses.

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