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Canon PowerShot S95

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1397 reviews of Canon PowerShot S95. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The performance and usability also get good reviews, whereas many are critical about the control panel and viewfinder. Reviews are divided on the zoom.

portability, usability, performance, size, image quality

flash, battery, shutter, viewfinder, control panel

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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot S95

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 230 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S95 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The performance and usability are also appreciated. There are some critical views about the viewfinder and shutter, and there are some mixed views about the battery.

portability, usability, performance, size, image quality

shutter, viewfinder

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10 Megapixel, 3.8x Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD Screen)Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10 Megapixel, 3.8x Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD Screen)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot S95

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 229 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S95 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and performance. The usability and image quality also get good reviews. There are some mixed views about the shutter. Some have doubts about the control panel and viewfinder.

portability, image quality, usability, performance, size

reliability, viewfinder, control panel

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCDCanon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot S95

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S95 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the color and size. The portability and performance are also appreciated, but the price and reliability get less positive opinions.

performance, portability, size, color

reliability, price

80% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCDCanon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot S95

 

If you must have a camera that fits in your pocket, the Canon PowerShot S95 is the best compact model you can buy.

Beautiful image quality, even in low light. Large image sensor. Bright lens. Manual dials for a D-SLR-like shooting experience.

Expensive for a pocket camera. Price puts it close to D-SLRs and compact interchangeable lens cameras, which offer far superior images.

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Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

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.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot S95 review

 

Editors' note September 29, 2010 : We updated the review to reflect that the HDR feature is not part of Canon's "HS System," which is really just Canon's way of marketing improved low-light performance.

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.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Canon PowerShot S95 Test

 

Canon PowerShot S95 Test : Letztes Jahr hat Canon die S90 lanciert; eine Kamera, die einen neuen Weg in der Strategie von Canon markiert. Es ist eine Kamera, bei der die Megapixel nicht das wichtigste Merkmal waren und die sogar im Hinblick auf die...

Feb, 2011

Recommended!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Canon PowerShot S95 review

 

Last year, Canon launched the S90, a camera that represented a new road in Canon's strategy. A camera which did not have Megapixels as its most important feature, and was even downgraded on paper in terms of hard specifications, but at the same time...

The S90’s quality, predecessor to the Canon S95 camera that we discussed here, was already at a high level. There were a few features, such as the position of the zoom button, which prevented smooth control of the camera. The Canon PowerShot S95 has...

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot S95 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot S95 is the successor to the popular S90, a pocket-sized camera that offers a lot of professional features. Aimed at the serious photographer looking for a capable compact, the new Canon S95 features improved handling and greater...

The Canon PowerShot S95 addresses virtually all of the issues that detracted from its predecessor - most notably the lack of HD video and sky-high price - whilst further improving the handling and customisation. Current S90 owners won't find too many...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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...

Expert review by (consumersearch.com)

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

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Luis Cruz (technoodling.net)

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.

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):200
Battery life (max):12 / 5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB - 5L / NB-6L
Number of batteries supported:1
Power Requirements:AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40
Power source type:AC, Battery / Battery

Camera

Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor:DIGIC 4
Camera file system:EXIF 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating, Trimming
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HIN, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, CZE, ENG, FIN, FRE, GRE, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, RUS, SWE
Orientation sensor: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid / Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Vivid
Playback zoom:10 / 2
Playback zoom (max):10 / 2
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Panorama, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Underwater / Beach, Children, Fireworks, Portrait, Snow / Beach, Fireworks, Snow, Underwater
Self-timer:2 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2 / 2,10
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Scene
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Manual

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):1280 / 461000
Field of view:100
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off / Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Flash off, Manual / Auto, Manual
Flash range (tele):0.394 - 118.1 / 19.7 - 118.1
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 255.9

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking / Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Monitoring Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:1.97
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Combined zoom:15
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.236 - 0.886
Lens structure:7/6
Lens structure (elements/groups):7/6
Maximum aperture number:4.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.13
Minimum aperture number:2
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1
Number of aspheric elements:2
Optical Zoom:3.8

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, AUTO / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 80, 100, 400, 800, 1000, 2500, 3200 / 80, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Aperture priority AE, Auto, Shutter priority AE / Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:HC MMC+, MMC, MMC+, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC

Operational Conditions

Maximum operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):10 - 90
Storage temperature range (T-T):10 - 90

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 4.13
Audio recorder:Linear PCM
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:10000000
Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/1600
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 / Vista SP1-2 / XP SP3\nMac OS X v10.4 - 10.6 / Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3\nMac OS X v10.4 - 10.6 / Windows 7/Vista/XP\nMac OS X v10.4 - 10.6
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):3.93 x 2.3 x 1.16
Drive modes:Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Effective sensor resolution:10000000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 4.13
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB
Power supply type:AC
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser / ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:EXIF
Image sensor size:1/1.7
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2048 / 3648 x 2736
Megapixel:10
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):1280 x 720 / 480 x 480,640 x 360,640 x 424,640 x 480,960 x 1200,1200 x 1200,1600 x 1064,1600 x 1200,1696 x 2112,1920 x 1080,2112 x 2112,2192 x 2736,2736 x 2736,2816 x 1584,2816 x 1880,2816 x 2112,3648 x 2048,3648 x 2432,3648 x 2736
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:10.4

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Mini-USB B
USB connector type:Mini-USB B

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic, Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/1600
Slowest camera shutter speed:15

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:24 / 30
Video compression format:AVI / MOV
Video formats supported:AVI / MOV
Video Frame Rate:24 / 30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.16 / 2.3
Height:1.16 / 2.26 / 2.3
Weight:6 / 6.81
Weight (including battery):6.81
Width:3.93