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.
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: 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.
Conclusion: Just like the last year’s S90, we have no problems recommending the new S95, other than the issues detailed. It has tweaks galore, we really like the control ring, and the photo quality is top notch. There’s still the issue of speed, but that’s a problem shared by almost all point-and-shoots. We found ourselves using the S95 more than the DSLR we carried to compare, but when it came to sports, the larger camera got the call with its faster burst mode.
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
Excerpt: Canon’s 10-megapixel S95 , upgrade to the S90, is aimed at photo enthusiasts who value the portability of a snapshot model but don’t want to forego creative control. Notably, it includes a manually operated function ring that encircles the lens barrel. Key functions, such as adjusting focal length in incremental steps, can be attributed to this and activated with a time-saving twist of the wrist.
Small form factor yet rugged semi-pro build, adjustable function ring speeds operation, intuitive to use
No handgrip, costs almost as much as a budget DSLR, no optical zoom if recording video