Canon PowerShot S95

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Last year, Canon introduced the PowerShot S90, which featured a fast (f/2) 28–105mm equivalent 3.8x  zoom, an innovative mode control dial, RAW+JPEG capability, and ISO ratings to 3200, all wrapped in a sleek, easily-pocketable black body not much larger than the camera's bright, 3" LCD. This year Canon has refined this little beauty in the form of the Canon PowerShot S95.

The Canon PowerShot S95 retains all of the key attributes of the PowerShot S90: the aforementioned fast 28–105mm equivalent zoom, the intuitively innovative control dial, RAW+JPEG capability, ISO ratings up to 3200, and a sleek, easily-pocketable black body that's not much larger than its bright, 3" LCD.


Canon's PowerShot S95

Included among the new enhancements designed into the PowerShot S95 is Canon's HS System, which enables noise-controlled ISO boosts up to the equivalent of ISO 12,800 and Hybrid IS image stabilization, which minimizes the blur-inducing effects inherent to low shutter speeds as well as "shift blur" resulting from subjects moving horizontally across the viewing area.

Additional features found on the Canon PowerShot S95 include a 10-megapixel imaging sensor, a DIGIC 4 image processor and 720p HD video, which can be played back on your HD TV via the camera's HDMI port.

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Included among the new enhancements designed into the PowerShot S95 is Canon's HS System, which enables noise-controlled ISO boosts up to the equivalent of ISO 12,800...

Actually, the original S90 incorporated the HS system - or so Canon says.

How does S-95 compare with the LUMIX equivalent which has higher MPix higher Zoom and much more rapid response + Leica Lens.   What are the comparatives?  

Powershots will never compare to Leica lenses, the S90 is a Powershot with fully manual controls that fits in your pocket. It is what it is, and I like it for that. My question is does the S95 have a better rear control dial? On manual mode, it far too easily slips and changes your exposure without you knowing....

This camera is hot stuff. It produces SLR quality images for <half the price of a decent digital SLR. I'm giving my daughter my G11 and purchasing an S95 for my own use.

Increasingly, I feel that digital media may have peaked. The image quality I obtain with my 25 year old Olympus OM professional gear and Fujichrome Provia 100 put even my best digital images to shame. 

For snapshots: S95. For more serious photography: OM 4t and Zuiko lenses.