Conclusion: Considering there really isn’t a lot to complain about with the S95, we may as well scrap the bottom of the barrel a little. Images tend to underexposure a little when there was a large highlight source in the composition such as the sky. Regarding battery life, performance isn’t fantastic at about 150-200 shots per charge, but isn’t hugely below average either. For the most part, the main issue is the accuracy of the battery gauge when things get low.
Conclusion: For the first time in a compact, Canon's Hybrid IS technology which provides image stabilisation has also been incorporated. It's brought over the ability to shoot in RAW, the useful ring-control system and the same 6-22.5mm (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm) f/2.0 lens. In short, you're getting a fair old bang for your buck.
Summary: 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.
Cons: On the slow side, with subpar battery life; no low-compression JPEG option.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot S90 has a permanent place in my bag. As a compact point-and-shoot, the S90 has not only been a powerhouse compact, but also a great substitute slash justification for not carrying around a DSLR. The new Canon PowerShot S95 ($399) improves on its sibling by keeping all that works (28-105mm ƒ2.0-4.9 lens, macro, low light performance) and adds 720p HD movie capture, improved image stabilization, more manual controls for its awesome control ring, and a...
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: (1 items) The PowerShot S95 a small, most pocket-friendly camera that is a minor upgrade to last year's highly rated Canon PowerShot S90 (it adds 720p high-definition video capture at 24 frames per second and an HDR scene mode to the S90's array of offerings), and in many respects it's a tiny, pocketable version of the Canon PowerShot G12 . It offers most of that camera's fun shooting modes, and its image and video quality are impressive for its size.
Pros: 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
Cons: Disappointing battery life, No raised hand grip, Slow burst mode
Conclusion: Canon PowerShot S95 camera review 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 improved these points and the quality has increased, even in terms of image quality.
Excerpt: While the Nikon Coolpix P7000—reviewed —is a compact camera with top-shelf features, it’s not really small enough to fit in your pocket and take anywhere. (Unless you have big pockets.) The super sleek Canon S95, on the other hand, is seriously pocket-worthy. Even better, it has features that may make some pros sit up and take notice.
Pros: The best true pocket camera on the market; bright f/2.0 lens; 720p HD video mode with stereo sound; effective Hybrid Image Stabilization; great for low light shooting; classic discreet design.