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Canon PowerShot A95

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1446 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and usability are on the whole positive. The portability and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the image stabilizer and connectivity. Views about the viewfinder and low light performance are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A95 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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The Canon PowerShot A95 is a fun, powerful 5-megapixel camera. Style-conscious point-and-shooters might want to look for something smaller, such as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T1, but if you go that route, be prepared to pay more for less. In addition to a...

Excellent image sharpness, colors, and bright exposure. Strong flash. Good battery life. Ability to store custom settings saves time.

Bulky and heavy. Very slight purple fringing in high-contrast areas. Lens angle could be a bit wider. Disappointing movie capabilities.

Replacing the PowerShot A80 in Canon's vast arsenal, the PowerShot A95 is a powerful 5MP compact camera and a good buy; point-and-shooters won't soon outgrow it, and it will also satisfy more advanced users.

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Canon PowerShot A95


The camera's design essentially remains the same, with only a few changes. It's a slightly smaller and lighter--12.4 ounces with CompactFlash card and four AA batteries--package than its predecessor. Canon tweaked a few items, such as putting the Set...

Full feature set for its class; impressive photo quality; quick access to important settings via Function button; accepts accessory lenses; underwater housing available.

Stiff CompactFlash slot cover with flimsy hinge; grip may be uncomfortable for larger hands.

When it comes to features and image quality, this camera is at the top of its class.

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Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot A95 is an entry-level digital camera introduced in August 2004. This camera succeeds the A80, which stocks a 3.9 megapixel CCD. The updated PowerShot A95 comes with 5 effective megapixels, a 38-114mm optical zoom lens and a large 1.8-i

5 megapixel CCD,Fold,out rotating 1.8¡± LCD,Manual control offered

Shoots only in JPEG format ; there is no option for TIFF or RAW files,The image quality isnt great ; it has a substantial amount of noise,Too large to fit in a pocket,Laughable 10,15 frames per second movie mode

Overall, the Canon PowerShot A95 is a worthy successor of the A80 and worth the $400 price with its 5 megapixels and versatility.


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Canon PowerShot A95


T:0.45m - 2.5m (1.5 - 8.2 ft).

Excellent resolution ; Clean, sharp images ; Excellent color reproduction ; Reliable focus and exposure systems ; Comprehensive range of features ; Much improved screen ; Easy to use ; Good burst (continuous) shooting mode ; Easy handling ; Excellent...

Some purple fringing problems ; Inability to deal with wide dynamic range on very bright days ; Focus can hunt and is not particularly fast ; No TIFF or RAW mode ; Flimsy CompactFlash compartment door ; Quite noisy at ISO 200 and 400 ; Zoom is not very...

Canon has taken a popular camera and added just enough to make it even better. It's questionable whether you really need the extra million pixels for 'snapshots', but the results in this test show that the A95 has the optics and processor needed to...

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Canon Powershot A95


The 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor enables the A95 to provide superb image quality, suitable for high quality photo prints up to 13x19-inches. The 21 shooting modes, ranging from fully Auto to Manual, offer users total control for complete creativity, or can...

The A95 features Canon's Print/Share button, which illuminates when a successful connection is made between the camera's USB port and a PictBridge compatible printer or Windows PC. Pushing the button when lit will initiate a print of the currently...

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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The PowerShot A95 is one of the few digital cameras that just seem to get everything right, with very few weaknesses. In virtually all respects (color, resolution, image noise), its images are good to excellent, and its range of features and...

Offering a complete range of auto and manual exposure controls, the Canon PowerShot A95 is perfect for novice users and experienced amateurs alike. The full automatic controls keep things simple for novices, while offering the opportunity to gradually...

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Canon PowerShot A95


It's hard to improve on a camera that was already excellent, but Canon has managed to add a few nice features (most notably the LCD). Is the A95 even better than its predecessor? Find out in our review

Very good photo quality ; Flip-out, rotating LCD display (now larger and sharper!) ; Tons of manual controls ; AF-assist lamp ; LCD usable in dim lighting ; Support for conversion lenses, underwater case ; Tons of new scene modes ; Can save favorite...

Redeye ; No diopter correction knob ; No rechargeable batteries included ; Flimsy plastic door over CF slot ; Can only print the date on photos at 1600 x 1200 resolution ; Movie mode not so hot in 2004

I highly recommend the A95 and expect it to sell at least as well as the A80 did in the last year. For those stuck between the A75, A85, and A95, it really comes down to one thing: the rotating LCD. You most likely don't need the extra resolution of...

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Canon Powershot A95 Digital Camera Review


With an estimated 53 million digital cameras sold in 2004 and 15% growth rate for the foreseeable future, manufacturers will continue churning out models to meet every photographer's need.

Great image quality ; Lots of creative controls ; Simplicity of a point and shoot ; Good battery life

Mediocre movie mode ; Focus and shoot is relatively quick, but could be faster ; No RAW image mode to capture images w/o compression

The quality of the images is superb. The size and weight of the A95 finds a great blend between a solid feel and compactness. The range of control options (auto controls, scene modes, manual controls), allows the beginner to jump right in taking...

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Canon PowerShot A95


For a camera that cost $400 new, the quality sucks. I would not take a chance and buy another Canon camera if your looking for longevity.

The Powershot A95 camera takes very good pictures for people like myself that have no knowledge about photography

I very rarely use this camera and have never abused it in any way, yet after 5 years of ownership one day the camera would not turn on. Canon wants $95 to repair the camera that cost $400 new. I feel the quality of this camera is unacceptable

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Quality is terrible!


For a camera that cost $400 new, the quality sucks. I would not take a chance and buy another Canon camera if your looking for longevity.

The Powershot A95 camera takes very good pictures for people like myself that have no knowledge about photography

I very rarely use this camera and have never abused it in any way, yet after 5 years of ownership one day the camera would not turn on. Canon wants $95 to repair the camera that cost $400 new. I feel the quality of this camera is unacceptable

Product Specifications

Fully automatic for day-to-day shots, plus a host of manual functions and accessories for your creative side. The PowerShot A95 has power and resolution to deliver stunning shots in any situation. While first time users will appreciate the PowerShot A95's easy-to-follow controls, advanced users will delight in the extensive features waiting below the surface. A high-resolution 5.0 Megapixel sensor invites creative cropping and delivers outstanding quality prints to A3. Canon's DIGIC processor delivers superb image quality at high speed. iSAPS analyzes the scene and makes adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed, optimizing camera settings in all shooting situations. Quality images start with a quality lens. The precision 3x optical zoom lends flexibility with shot composition. Its large aperture is great for low light conditions or for pleasing background blur in portrait mode. Use Macro mode to focus just 5cm from your subject. When you want to point-and-shoot, the 9-point AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) ensures sharp focus, even with off-center subjects. When you want to take control, FlexiZone AF/AE lets you select the focus and exposure point. 14 different shooting modes range from fully Manual to fully Automatic. The 8 special scene modes - such as Foliage, Snow, Beach and Fireworks - help with excellent results in tricky conditions. The PowerShot A95 even has a Movie mode, letting you record VGA video clips with playback either in-camera or by connecting direct to your TV. The large 1.8" vari-angle LCD twists in different directions, freeing you to shoot from many positions. Optional accessories include Tele Converter, Wide Converter and Close-up Lenses, a Waterproof Case and rechargeable batteries, making this a true 'take-anywhere' camera. Printing photos is as easy as taking them. Simply connect your camera to any Canon Direct Print or PictBridge compatible photo printer, push the Print/Share button and within seconds, you'll have a full color print in your hand - it is that simple. When connected to a Canon Compact Photo Printer, the camera can even print ID photos.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Manufacturer Battery Name:AA
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Fireworks / Foliage / Hi-speed shutter / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:23.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4.1
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical