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Canon PowerShot S95

alaTest has collected and analyzed 846 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the performance and low light performance are on the whole positive. The usability and image quality also get good comments. There are some mixed comments about the flash. Some have doubts about the features and viewfinder.

portability, image quality, usability, low-light, performance

value for money, battery, shutter, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S95 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot S95


The PowerShot S95 a small, most pocket-friendly camera that doesn't sacrifice performance to achieve its dimensions. The S95 ($400 as of January 3, 2011) is a minor upgrade to last year's highly rated Canon PowerShot S90 (it adds 720p high-definition...

Compact, pocketable size ; Control ring provides fast access to settings ; Very good image and video quality ; Easiest advanced camera to grasp for beginners ; Fun scene modes for both stills and video

Disappointing battery life ; No raised hand grip ; Slow burst mode

The PowerShot S95 is a perfect camera to grow with, thanks to its pocketable size and ultimate blend of automated and manual controls.

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Canon PowerShot S95 Review


Canon has improved upon an already great product, with added exposure modes and features, better burst mode performance, and the addition of HD video. All combined make one heck of an awesome pocket camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Well built, mostly metal body ; Good control layout ; Awesome f/2.0 lens ; Produces high-quality 10-megapixel photos ; Loads of user-friendly exposure options ; Almost unmatched degree of exposure control for a camera of this size ; Capable Smart Auto...

It's very easy to accidentally rotate the rear control wheel, which would cause exposure problems depending on the mode being used ; 400 price tag may seem steep to some

Canon has improved upon an already great product, with added exposure modes and features, better burst mode performance, and the addition of HD video. All combined make one heck of an awesome pocket camera. Read more in our

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Canon PowerShot S95


Attractive and well-designed; capable of producing very nice photos; complete set of manual controls; solid 720p video.

On the slow side, with subpar battery life; no low-compression JPEG option.

Though we'd like it to perform better, dSLR shooters looking for a sidekick camera will find the Canon PowerShot S95's top-flight photos and a full manual feature set worth the tradeoff of its compact size.



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Canon PowerShot S95


Last year, Canon introduced the S90, one of the best point-and-shoots we've ever tested. Rather than go crazy with megapixels, the camera featured a 10-megapixel imaging sensor with larger (rather than more) pixels and a very fast f/2.0 lens. The...

Excellent low-light shooter ; Better than usual Canon point-and-shoot photos ; Extensive photo adjustments via control dials ; Excellent LCD screen

Button placement takes getting used to ; Slow fps; not a camera for action shooters ; Low battery life

Canon’s S95 packs extensive manual control and amazing low-light performance into a pocket-size point-and-shoot camera.

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Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera First Impressions Review


The S95 is an upgrade to the S90, Canon's high-end point and shoot that includes extensive manual control features. It is designed for the user who wants the simplicity of a point and shoot, but also the control that a higher end camera offers.

There aren't that many differences between the S90 and the S95: both have the same overall design and shoot the same resolution images. But that's a good thing: the S90 was a great little camera, and the signs are that the S95 should continue this...

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Canon S95


In August 2009, Canon announced its PowerShot S90 -- an important digital camera for the company, because it marked a significant change in strategy. After many years spent chasing megapixels at the expense of outright image quality, the...

No-nonsense design is easily pocketed ; Bright, optically stabilized wide-angle zoom with very good image quality ; New Hybrid IS system corrects for both lateral shifts and angular motion ; Programmable control ring ; Shortcut button works great to...

Generally sluggish performance overall ; No noise reduction options ; High geometric distortion at wide-angle in uncorrected RAWs ; Moderate chromatic aberration at wide-angle ; Optical zoom not supported during movies ; Lens doesn't go as wide as some...

Though we ultimately couldn't ignore the quality of the Canon S90 despite its flaws last year, I'm happy to report that the Canon S95 is improved in just the right ways to eliminate many of the nuisances that made many of us veer off the S90. Swapping...

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Best compact digital camera


Manual controls, very good images in all light levels, shoots 720p HD video, big, sharp LCD display

Slow camera speed, short battery life, optical zoom doesn't work with video

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Canon PowerShot S95


The Canon PowerShot S95 is a 10MP point and shoot camera that is essentially a slight refresh to its predecessor, the PowerShot S90. With the ability to capture RAW image files and a bright f/2.0 lens, the S95 is a great pocket camera for the DSLR...

The Canon PowerShot S95 continues with its predecessor’s role as a photographer’s compact camera. It improves on the S90 with the addition of features like HD video capture and a dedicated HDR mode.

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Technoodling Camera Showdown: Canon Powershot S95 vs. Panasonic Lumix LX-5


The adage goes that the best camera to have is the one you are carrying when you need it. It doesn't matter if your camera packs in 640 megapixels, goes up to 128,000 ISO, focuses in a nanosecond, and shoots 60 frames per second – if that camera is...

More importantly, the LX-5 gives you a hot shoe. With no hot shoe, the S95 can’t play with your other photography gear. The Lumix, on the other hand, can sync with an external flash or, with the right equipment, studio strobes.

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Hands-on Report: Canon PowerShot S95 compact camera review


The Canon PowerShot S95 is still the best advanced compact for your pocket

Very good image quality ; Slim and lightweight exterior ; Easy to use, excellent smart flash feature

Below average battery life ; Lacks ND filter ; Poor video functionality

We’ll say it again, the S95 probably will not and should not be the first choice for control-happy advanced photographers. For these photographers, the S95 is easily overshadowed by Panasonic’s excellent LX5, which does just about everything the S95...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/1.7''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-6L
Battery Type:Canon NB-6L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes