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: 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.
Summary: So with the PowerShot S95 you're still getting a sensible 10 Megapixel sensor, brighter than average 28-105mm lens and detailed 3in screen packed into a compact body with a high degree of manual control and support for RAW files. To this, the new model adds in-camera HDR, Hybrid Image Stabilisation, more sophisticated Dynamic Range enhancements, Tracking AF, a variety of special effects, a choice of aspect ratios and a new finish to the body which makes it easier to...
Pros: Pocketable body with great controls and customisation., 3.8x zoom with bright f2.0 aperture at 28mm., Great quality 3in / 460k screen., Full manual control, RAW files and 720p HD movies.
Cons: Slow continuous shooting at full resolution., Can't optically zoom while filming., Panasonic Lumix LX5 better-featured., Quality beaten by mirror-less 'EVIL' compacts.
Excerpt: Before they were discontinued in 2005, Canon's elegant little prosumer "S" series cameras were very popular with photo enthusiasts because they were designed especially for more advanced shooters and shared lots of features with Canon's top-of-the-line "G" series.
Pros: Compact, Excellent image quality, Very good feature set, RAW mode, Manual controls and lots of user input, Noticeably better than average in dim light
Cons: Battery life could be better, No handgrip, Price
Canon PowerShot S95 review: small and packed with manual features
Good Gear Guide.au
15 April 2011
Summary: If you want a small camera that has good manual features and can capture crisp, vibrant photos, the Canon PowerShot S95 is perfect. We absolutely fell in love with it during our tests and used it every chance we got. It's great for travellers and also for photography enthusiasts who want something that's easy to carry, yet will still let them to retain control over the exposure.
Pros: Small size, physical exposure controls, very good image clarity and colours
Cons: Shutter speed a little too restrictive, lens ring could be smoother to operate
Excerpt: The S95 looks almost identical to the S90, but it’s slightly slimmer and also a bit heavier. Canon has used a new tactile coating on the body to improve handling in the absence of a hand grip and helps to make it feel more secure in your hands. The controls remain familiar and include a shooting mode dial – complete with Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes – and a selection ring on the lens barrel.
Excerpt: Just like a first impression of someone walking down the street in a business suit, it’s very easy to overlook and underestimate the depths of the Canon PowerShot S95 at a brief glance. The unassuming advanced compact from Canon opts for substance well over style, even though some may indeed prefer the classy business-like approach to its design over the alternative...
Conclusion: Gripes are few with the Canon PowerShot S95, but following up on the excellent S90, that’s to be expected. We’ve seen the improvement of the video offering, but it certainly isn’t the most sophisticated video shooting compact out there. But to a certain extent the S95 is all about stills capture, and the controls and customisation options make it an excellent camera for those that want a little more from a compact.
Pros: Manual control and RAW shooting, some fun auto features too, great quality images, plenty of control
Cons: Battery life a little short, video is nothing to get excited about