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
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.
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: At first the Canon PowerShot S95 seems to be just another point-and-shooter: compact, all black and stylish. Then a quick glance over the specs and external controls leads you to think otherwise.
Excerpt: Last year, Canon introduced the S90 , one of the best point-and-shoots we’ve ever tested. Rather than go crazy with megapixels, the camera featured a 10-megapixel imaging sensor with larger (rather than more) pixels and a very fast f/2.0 lens. The result was a camera that took extremely high-quality stills, even in low light.
Pros: Excellent low-light shooter, Better than usual Canon point-and-shoot photos, Extensive photo adjustments via control dials, Excellent LCD screen
Cons: Button placement takes getting used to, Slow fps; not a camera for action shooters, Low battery life
Summary: There are not too many reasons to upgrade from a PowerShot S90 to the PowerShot S95, as many of the differences are refinements rather than outright changes.
However, intuitive manual controls using the improved lens control ring in the later model will satisfy serious users and, in its own right, the S95 is a great performer.
There are few cameras that slip comfortably into pocket that will produce better images than this one.