Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Excellent image sharpness, colors, and bright exposure. Strong flash. Good battery life. Ability to store custom settings saves time.
Cons: Bulky and heavy. Very slight purple fringing in high-contrast areas. Lens angle could be a bit wider. Disappointing movie capabilities.
Conclusion: 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 squeeze the maximum possible information out of a scene. I was impressed by the build quality, and pleasantly surprised at just how good the results the A95 produces are.
Pros: 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 flash exposures, though not very powerful, Good build quality and metal casing, AF illuminator works in very low light, Excellent battery life (NiMH), Great value for money
Cons: 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 smooth - only 7 steps from wide to tele.
Excerpt: 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. While the quality of the average digital camera has risen dramatically over the past few years, some camera will continue to stick out from the pack with exceptional images, handsome designs, and intuitive controls.
Excerpt: The Canon
PowerShot A95 ($399) is the updated version of
the very popular A80 from 2003.
Pros: 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 settings to spot on mode dial, FlexiZone AF system lets you focus nearly anywhere in the frame, Impressive software package
Cons: 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
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A95 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 million Image Sensor 1/1.8-inch CCD Lens 7.8 - 23.4 mm (35mm film equivalent: 38 - 114mm) f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T) 6 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical element) Digital Zoom Approx. 4x (Up to approx. 12x in combination with the optical zoom) Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder LCD Monitor Vari-angle 1.8" P-Si TFT, approx.