Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 10.1 MP & RAW + JPEG Files
  • 3.8x Optical Zoom - 28-105mm Equivalent
  • 3.0" TFT Color Display
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor for Sharper Pics
  • 1280x720p HD Video W/Stereo Sound
  • Fast f/2.0-4.9 Lens for Low Light Photos
  • Control Ring for Easy Manual Control
  • Hybrid IS Image Stabilization
  • ISO 80 to 3200
  • 26 Shooting Modes for Better Control
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Canon S95 overview

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Canon's PowerShot S95 Digital Camera puts you in the driver's seat with this Italian sports car of a compact camera--lots of razzle-dazzle, backed up by prodigious engineering. Starting with an impressive 10.1MP sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor; the S95 antes up an f/2.0-4.9 28-105mm (equivalent) zoom lens, an intuitive manual-control ring, and the superbly refined Hybrid IS 2-way image stabilization system. There's a slew of shooting modes to choose from, and RAW + JPEG capability too. The S95 delivers pretty much anything you might wish for in a compact digital camera--and a lot more.

Not only can you capture photos from ISO 80 up to ISO 3200, you can choose the degree of control you want (from total control to total automatic) over exposure, white balance, focus, and much more, from an extensive menu.  You can automatically produce High Dynamic Range, panoramic, fisheye, low-light and many more specialized photos with built-in programs.

And you don't have to stop at still photographs: shoot gorgeous 720p HD video with stereo sound for up to 25 minutes--there's even a miniatures effect that blurs the top and bottom of the video frame, giving your subject the appearance of being miniatures.

The S95 is a simple point-and-shoot camera, and it's a serious image-making machine. You get to choose.

10.0 megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance and better image quality.
Shoot beautiful 720p HD video in stereo sound and play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
A fast f/2.0 lens, great for shooting portrait photography in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field for great images with beautiful soft backgrounds.
A control ring for intuitive manual control, built for the way the serious photographer has always accessed exposure control.
A 3.8x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm wide-angle lens gets you close to your subjects as well as capture more in your frame.
Utilizes Canon's Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting.
Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control. Also, with 26 shooting modes including 18 special scene modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Shooting Modes

Smart AUTO--the camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
P (Program)--access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Tv (Shutter-priority)--you select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Av (Aperture-priority)--you define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
M (Manual)--the ultimate in creative control, you set both aperture and shutter speed manually.
C (Custom)--define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Low Light--for high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Portrait--the camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
Landscape--for front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
Kids & Pets--reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
Smart Shutter--the camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
Super Vivid--intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect--combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Color Accent--choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap--select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
High Dynamic Range--takes three shots, of the same scene, in different exposures in succession and combines all three images together to capture an image with flattering shadows and highlights. Tripod is required.
Nostalgic--creates the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and saturation.
Fisheye Effect--add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect--give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Beach--get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Underwater--capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect.
(Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC38 required for shooting any underwater images)
Foliage--capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Snow--shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks--grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist--build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images
Movie--shoot in HD (1280 x 720 at 24 fps) for up to 25 minutes and 8 seconds, or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480 at 30 fps) for up to 43 minutes and 43 seconds, or 4GB per clip, or QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour, 58 minutes and 19 seconds, or 4GB per clip.

Canon S95 specs

Pixels Actual: 10.4 Megapixel
Effective: 10.0 Megapixel
Sensor 1/1.7" CCD
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 3648 x 2736
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens Effective Focal Length: 6.0 to 22.5mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28 to 105mm)
Aperture: f/2.0 (W) to f/4.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 3.75x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 2" to Infinity / 5.08 cm to Infinity
Telephoto: 12" to Infinity / 30.48 cm to Infinity
Wide Macro: 2" to 1.6' / 5.08 cm to 48.77 cm
Tele Macro: 12" to 1.6' / 30.48 cm to 48.77 cm
Manual: 1.6' to Infinity / 48.77 cm to Infinity zzcxwftytsyzdz

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Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 3200
Shutter 15 to 1/1600 Seconds 
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto ISO Shift, Manual, Program, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Shutter Priority, i-Contrast
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual, Tungsten, Underwater
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 1.9 fps for up to Frames
Self-Timer 1 Sec

Custom: 1 to 15 sec

Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
Exposure Compensation
FE Lock
Flash On
Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Effective Flash Range 1.6 to 21' / 0.5 to 6.40 m
External Flash Connection None
Built-In Memory None
Memory Card Type SD
HC MMCplus
Still Images per GB JPEG: 367at Max Resolution to 10,058 at Min Resolution
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Clip Length Limited by Memory Card Capacity
Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 3.0" LCD (461,000 Pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0
HDMI C (Mini)
Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7 
Battery NB-6L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter CA-DC10 (Not Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2" / 99.1 x 58.4 x 30.5 mm
Weight 6.0 oz / 170.1 g (Camera Only)

Canon S95 reviews

PowerShot S95 Digital Camera is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 623.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Suitable Go Everywhere Camera Question: What's the best camera to use? Answer: The one you have with you. And that sums up the Canon S95. Prior to the arrival of the S95 my go everywhere camera was a Canon SD990 IS (14.7 mega pixels) but the S95 (10.1 mega pixels) has more or less displaced the 990. Tripod mounted shots of a sunburst pattern indicate that the 990 has a sharper lens, especially at wide angle settings, but the S95 has Image Stabilization and an Aperture-Preferred mode which is my favorite. Sadly the SD990 is no longer available but the S95 is a suitable replacement for all but the most serious fine art photographs. I don't think a buyer will be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent with low light & sharp photos I bought the PowerShot S95 after a lot of research looking for a pocket camera with a short lag time and fast shutter (I have a 2 year old) that takes sharp pictures, with good low light features and this camera so far fits the bill. I was able to experiment with the features at a concert at MSG NY, with very low light, and the pictures came out incredible. I'm still experimenting with all of the features on the camera, such as color select (where you can select one color to feature in the picture and the rest is B&W, smile detect, etc. - all an added bonus). I've had a lot of point and shoot cameras, and so far this is the best.
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A serious P&S for serious users! If you are a photographer and need a P&S around, this is the one. Great image quality (considering its size), fast f/2.0-4.9 lens,usable ISO range of 80-800 and manual controls with a ring around the lens to control any setting like ISO, exposure, aperture and shutter speed. I got good results shooting in extreme low light conditions and the video quality in 720P is outstanding for this little camera. The battery life is not bad but I recommend buying an extra to be sure. It's pricey but worth every penny. Only two point disappointed me: no auto focus and no zoom during video recording. You need to set the focus and zoom prior to record. If you need a pocket size camera with a huge range of features and settings, manual controls and excellent image/video quality don't look elsewhere, buy it.
Date published: 2010-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgraded from Canon S50 I waited 7 years to upgrade my digital camera from Canon S50. I have taken thousands of great images with it and have been satisfied even with it's limitations. Decided to not buy the S90 due to bad reviews. Then took the plunge after reading about the S95. No problems or complaints at all. Hoping for several years of use. I do not have an SLR and may never get one b/c I like to have the camera with me at all times, especially hiking up mountains. It fits in my pockets and is easy to take out and put back. JPG file size is very similar to my 5MP S50, curious? Video is kinda choppy for fast action, like when I mounted the camera to my motorcycle.
Date published: 2010-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the Hype is Justified I have an SLR which I love but leave home often rather than drag that heavy thing around. I wanted a small point & shoot that would take quality photos if I hit on a great image. David Pogue ( techno reviewer for the NY Times) gives this one a big thumbs up, but it was hard to locate as they fly off the shelves. Now that I have one in my hands, I am not disappointed. I had to sit down and read the manual, but once I familiarized myself with the buttons I was easily able to navigate. It is intuitive, a word I used to hate when referring to any techno gadget, but the S95 gets it. NO downside so far!!!
Date published: 2011-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent So Far I bought the S95 as an easy carry alternative to my Canon DSLR and so far it's perfect for what I was looking for...small, light and super-easy to have with you for all those moments when I wished I had a camera with. Image quality seems to be excellent considering the size. The manual control and the ability to shoot RAW really sold me. A bit tricky to hold but I put on one of Richard Franiec's grips and it really helps locate a couple finger tips without changing the overall dimensions. This camera will definitely be in my pocket for skiing, light weight backpacking... not to mention kids parties, school functions, etc.
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best point & shoot for pros & amateurs. Great image quality. I often carry it in my pocket. I can shoot in raw and jpeg so I can decide if I want to pump up an image later. Works the best I've seen in a smaller camera; over the years I've shot with point and shoots from Nikon, Fuji, Lumix, canon, but this beats them all. I'm excited about the new s100, although it's hard to believe they can improve on the s95. Stand next to youf friends at night, turn off your flash, take a few photos, then compare your shots with theirs; they will ask why your shots look better than theirs. I should add that I'm a professional who primarily works with the full-frame D700.
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from in the pocket! I use this product mainly while travelling and bought this as a replacement for heavy SLR gear. I didn't need the extra quality of an slr, but I needed to fit the camera in my pocket. This fits the bill, as I do keep changing setting a lot. I did not need zoom, but I can appreciate a fast lens. I got the s95 because I couln't get the S100. The s95 produces great colours though and I am happy with it. Battery life is also exceptional. I don't know how they do it, but it's nice not to have to recharge the battery all the time. Low light performance is ok, but I limited the auto ISO setting to max 800. Any more would be unusable. It could have been faster as well.
Date published: 2011-12-01
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