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Canon PowerShot S95 10.0 MP Digital Camera - Black

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August 2010 · Canon · PowerShot · Point & Shoot · Compact Sensor · 10 megapixel · CCD · 3.8 x optical zoom · Pop-up Flash · 6 ounce
With HS System and f/2 lens, the 10.0 MP PowerShot S95 excels in low light. HD Movies, RAW and unique lens control ring for manual control make it the pocket camera for the serious photographer. The ability to shoot at higher ISO speeds and maintain excellent image quality is a ...

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Product features

  • HS system with high-sensitivity 10.0 MP CCD sensor
    The ability to shoot at higher ISO speeds and maintain excellent image quality is a key feature of the PowerShot S95. The HS System is a powerful combination of high-sensitivity sensor coupled with the latest DIGIC 4 image processor for outstanding image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions, including low light.
  • F/2.0 28 mm wide, 3.8x zoom lens with Hybrid Image Stabilizer
    The fast f/2.0 lens allows the user to shoot without a tripod or flash in darker conditions. The optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake up to 4-stops, while Hybrid IS gives sharper results in macro scenes.
  • Lens control ring, full manual and RAW
    The lens control ring allows quick access to manual adjustments. Various functions can be controlled by the ring such as zoom, aperture, shutter speed, focusing, ISO or exposure compensation.
  • 7.5 cm PureColor II G LCD
    A bright and clear LCD with a tempered glass layer improves strength and ensures high visibility even when shooting in bright conditions.
  • HD movies, HDMI
    HD movies are now made possible in 720p at 24fps. The user can record HD movies with stereo sound and play back via the HDMI terminal.
  • High dynamic range mode
    In high contrast scenes, a conventional digital camera can struggle to capture detail in shadows and highlights. When mounted on a tripod the high dynamic range shooting mode takes multiple exposures of the same scene and combines them in-camera to capture a high contrast scene in detail.
  • Smart auto
    Smart auto uses Scene Detection technology to detect the appropriate scene from a possible 28, to obtain the best result. Smart flash exposure intelligently controls flash power and usage to ensure natural photographs.
  • Multi-aspect shooting
    The user can shoot in a range of formats including 3:2, 1:1, 16:9 and 4:5. This allows perfect composition at the time of shooting without the need to post-process.

Reviews

304 reviews
  • Canon PowerShot S95 review
    By Elias Plastiras, PCWorld.idg.com.au - September 21, 2010 - PC Advisor
    The Canon PowerShot S95 is a compact digital camera that's perfect for travellers or even photography enthusiasts who want a small camera with manual controls.

    It's very small, yet it's designed to allow you to change the exposure almost as quickly as you could with a digital SLR. If you don't want to change the exposure settings manually, the Canon PowerShot S95 has an auto mode and plenty of scene modes to help you get the most out of it straight away.

    The Canon PowerShot S95 is the type of compact camera you buy when you absolutely must have something that will be very easy to carry around, yet also be capable of capturing very good quality images at a moment's notice. We think it's perfect to take on holiday or on a work trip as it can be used effectively in all kinds of lighting situations.

    Canon PowerShot S95: Specifications

    It has a 10-megapixel CCD sensor, but at 1/1.7in, it's slightly bigger than the CCD sensor in a typical compact camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, which has a 1/2.3in sensor. The Canon PowerShot S95 has the same sensor size as other advanced compact cameras such as Samsung's EX1, but it's a smidgin smaller than the 1/1.63in sensor that can be found in Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-LX3 and LX5. The slightly larger sensor allows more light to be captured, which means that overall the camera can produce more vibrant images than a typical compact.

    Sitting in front of the sensor is a 28-105mm zoom lens with an aperture of f/2.0, which is nice and wide for capturing images in low-light situations. It closes to f/4.9 when you zoom in all the way, and the smallest size you can use is f/8.0. Its star-shaped diaphragm renders lights with a lovely star burst–like effect, which can look good when capturing reflections during the day and streetlights during the night, for example.

    The lens' diaphragm renders lights and reflections with a lovely star burst shape.

    The Canon PowerShot S95 camera's shutter speed isn't overly quick; it only goes as fast as 1/1600th of a second, but it can slow down to 15sec for night shoots. We would have liked it to shut at least as fast as 1/2000th of a second, which is a speed that most compacts can achieve. Still, this isn't too much of an inconvenience and we had no problems using the S95 on very bright days. At the other end of the scale, we would have liked the shutter to be able to stay open for a least one minute for tasks such as capturing lightning or fireworks at night. (There is a fireworks scene mode, but it only keeps the shutter open for two seconds.)

    Canon PowerShot S95: Picture quality

    A night scene as captured using aperture priority mode with a aperture of f/2.0 and an ISO of 100.

    Image quality is very good. Pictures are captured clearly and with accurate colour tones; when it's in auto and semi-auto modes, the camera does a good job of properly exposing each scene. Even difficult scenes featuring both highlights and dark shadows were captured accurately. The camera has a good handle on noise up to around ISO 400, but we'd recommend using as low an ISO as possible, as pictures will start to look too grainy above that figure. With the wide aperture, a high ISO isn't always needed anyway.

    Colours are rendered accurately and aren't overdone. This was taken in a shaded area.

    Even at their full size, images retain their clarity and you can make out fine details.

    The Canon PowerShot S95 is accurate and versatile when it comes to focusing, but it's only accurate if you want to focus on a subject in the central parts of the frame. You can use tracking mode to lock on to subjects and then bring them to the side of the frame if you want to give your photos are more interesting perspective. This worked very well in our tests and we're also pleased with the amount of background blur that occurs with a wide aperture of f/2.0.

    We used tracking mode focus to bring Tux to the right side of the frame. The camera kept focus even as we moved closer to him.

    Canon PowerShot S95: Physical features

    The PowerShot S95's physical features are what make... Read full review

  • Canon PowerShot S95 review
    By Elias Plastiras, <a title="PCWorld.idg.com.au" href="http://www.PCWorld.idg.com... - September 21, 2010 - PC Advisor
    The Canon PowerShot S95 is a compact digital camera that's perfect for travellers or even photography enthusiasts who want a small camera with manual controls.
    It's very small, yet it's designed to allow you to change the exposure almost as quickly as you could with a digital SLR. If you don't want to change the exposure settings manually, the Canon PowerShot S95 has an auto mode and plenty of scene modes to help you get the most out of it straight away.
    The Canon PowerShot S95 is the type of compact camera you buy when you absolutely must have something that will be very easy to carry around, yet also be capable of capturing very good quality images at a moment's notice. We think it's perfect to take on holiday or on a work trip as it can be used effectively in all kinds of lighting situations.
    Canon PowerShot S95: Specifications
    It has a 10-megapixel CCD sensor, but at 1/1.7in, it's slightly bigger than the CCD sensor in a typical compact camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, which has a 1/2.3in sensor. The Canon PowerShot S95 has the same sensor size as other advanced compact cameras such as Samsung's EX1, but it's a smidgin smaller than the 1/1.63in sensor that can be found in Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-LX3 and LX5. The slightly larger sensor allows more light to be captured, which means that overall the camera can produce more vibrant images than a typical compact.
    Sitting in front of the sensor is a 28-105mm zoom lens with an aperture of f/2.0, which is nice and wide for capturing images in low-light situations. It closes to f/4.9 when you zoom in all the way, and the smallest size you can use is f/8.0. Its star-shaped diaphragm renders lights with a lovely star burst–like effect, which can look good when capturing reflections during the day and streetlights during the night, for example.

    The lens' diaphragm renders lights and reflections with a lovely star burst shape.
    The Canon PowerShot S95 camera's shutter speed isn't overly quick; it only goes as fast as 1/1600th of a second, but it can slow down to 15sec for night shoots. We would have liked it to shut at least as fast as 1/2000th of a second, which is a speed that most compacts can achieve. Still, this isn't too much of an inconvenience and we had no problems using the S95 on very bright days. At the other end of the scale, we would have liked the shutter to be able to stay open for a least one minute for tasks such as capturing lightning or fireworks at night. (There is a fireworks scene mode, but it only keeps the shutter open for two seconds.)
    Canon PowerShot S95: Picture quality

    A night scene as captured using aperture priority mode with a aperture of f/2.0 and an ISO of 100.
    Image quality is very good. Pictures are captured clearly and with accurate colour tones; when it's in auto and semi-auto modes, the camera does a good job of properly exposing each scene. Even difficult scenes featuring both highlights and dark shadows were captured accurately. The camera has a good handle on noise up to around ISO 400, but we'd recommend using as low an ISO as possible, as pictures will start to look too grainy above that figure. With the wide aperture, a high ISO isn't always needed anyway.

    Colours are rendered accurately and aren't overdone. This was taken in a shaded area.

    Even at their full size, images retain their clarity and you can make out fine details.
    The Canon PowerShot S95 is accurate and versatile when it comes to focusing, but it's only accurate if you want to focus on a subject in the central parts of the frame. You can use tracking mode to lock on to subjects and then bring them to the side of the frame if you want to give your photos are more interesting perspective. This worked very well in our tests and we're also pleased with the amount of background blur that occurs with a wide aperture of f/2.0.

    We used tracking mode focus to bring Tux to the right side of the frame. The camera kept focus even as we moved closer to him.
    Canon PowerShot S95: Physical features
    The PowerShot S95's physical features are what make it stand out... Read full review

  • DCRP Review: Canon PowerShot S95
    By Jeff Keller - October 1, 2010 - DCResource.com
    Pros: Very good photo quality, with a full stop advantage over typical compact cameras at high sensitivities; Fast F2.0-4.9, 28 - 105 mm zoom lens; New and improved "hybrid" optical image stabilization; High resolution 3-inch LCD with outstanding outdoor and low light visibility; Fast start-up time; Full manual controls, including RAW support; Smart Auto mode picks one of 28 scene modes for you;
    Handy HDR, shadow, and dynamic range correction feature; Lots of customizable stuff: control ring and shortcut button, self-timer, My Menu, custom spot on mode dial; Cool face, smile, and wink self-timers; Records 720p24 video with stereo sound; Optional underwater case; HDMI output

    Cons: Redeye a problem -- some highlight clipping; Videos are a bit choppy due to 24 fps frame rate -- optical zoom cannot be used while recording a movie; Ergonomic annoyances: ring function / power buttons easy to confuse, small zoom controller / shutter release button, flash takes up finger space when raised; Below average battery life; No optical viewfinder; Full manual on CD-ROM;
    No memory card included -- can't access memory card slot while using a tripod

    The Canon PowerShot S90 was already an impressive camera, and the S95 is a nice upgrade that adds some useful new features. The basics haven't changed; the S95 has the same 10 Megapixel, high sensitivity CCD, fast 3.8X optical zoom lens, and customizable controls of its predecessor. New features include an improved image stabilization system, useful HDR and shadow/highlight correction options, and a 720p movie mode. The S95 also retains many of the annoyances of the PowerShot S90, which include so-so ergonomic and below average battery life. Even with a few flaws, the S95 is a great choice for those who want a capable low light camera that can go anywhere you do. Read full review

Details

Product TypeDigital camera - compact
Sensor Resolution10.0 Megapixel
Optical Sensor TypeCCD
Total Pixels10,400,000 pixels
First Seen On Google ShoppingAugust 2010

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