Summary: The Canon PowerShot S95 is a compact camera with great performance that will settle even the most discerning palates and the most demanding photographers. The black color combined with the camera’s metal body gives it a sober and elegant at the same over a certain robustness. The lens Control Ring is an innovation for a compact camera that makes it compact only in the definition, but not in performance and target destination.
Pros: RAW; ring for manual control, High Dynamic Range mode, Smart Auto mode; Movies HD
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: That said, it's pricing is, at the moment, a little expensive for what you get, and a couple of niggles (like the lack of selectable autofocus points, no ISO button, no movie button) begin to make other premium compacts, such as the Panasonic LX5 which answers many of these problems well, seem more attractive for serious users.
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.
Pros: Attractive and well-designed; capable of producing very nice photos; complete set of manual controls; solid 720p video.
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.
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.