Summary: If you read all the negative reviews most of them focus around Canon's horrible service, for good reason. I loved this camera and took good care of it, but the lens motor died after a year and a half of normal use. Despite this being a camera error, I'm stuck with Canon's minimum repair cost of $150 or throwing out the camera. Doesn't say much for a company if you have to buy a 3 year warranty for its products or pay $150 to repair them.
Excerpt: small, well build camera, with nice controls. Starts fast, responsive.. good camera for portraits and low light photography. Problems: -overexposed photos at 0.0 ev, needs at least -1ev correction. -crisp clear images at 28mm but soft images from 50 to 105 mm. Dissapointing. -good video quality but no zoom during filming.
Summary: The camera takes great pictures, professional quality. 1 month after buying however, the flash stopped working, it doesn't pop up out of the camera. The display says that there's a malfunction and I should turn it off and back on again, but it doesn't fix it...
Summary: I had high hopes for this camera, once i got it though i was extremely disappointed. I ended up returning it the day after i recieved it. -IQ: EXTREMELY NOISY, NO SHARPNESS, NOT SO GOOD DETAIL. These things combined equalled HORRIBLE IMAGE QUALITY. -BAD IN LOW LIGHT -BAD IN GOOD LIGHT (WOW) -THIS IS A TRUE POCKET CAMERA, I KNEW IT WAS COMPACT BUT THIS THING IS TOO SMALL TO HOLD (FOR ME). PEOPLE MIGHT LIKE THIS THOUGH.
Cheaper Plastic Construction Compared to Previous Powershots
J. Stahl "millvalleyj", Amazon
17 February 2012
Summary: I've owned a couple different Powershots over the years. I keep upgrading to newer, better models. This one's body is plastic. It looks and feels cheaper. And it is more fragile to stick in your pocket. I liked the photos this took. But after a couple months, the back of the body started to peel away (so you could see the screen from the top of the camera through a little crack where the frame around the glass screen was no longer tight to the body).
Summary: About 3 weeks after receiving Canon PowerShot S95, the linse went suddenly black, everything else worked, I was able to see the photos already taken etc. I was going to europe next day, and thought I would have a better look at it when I arrived there. I went to a Canon authorized shop in France and only then realized that the guarantee only covered Canada and North America.
Summary: I was expecting more from this camera then my old point and shoot Canon SD600. In full auto mode, pictures are mediocre. If you play with the settings you can significantly increase the quality, but still the main problem of soft focus remains. Pictures were less sharp then my 6 year old Canon. Considering the difference of time and price, I couldn't accept the lack of clarity and returned the camera.
Summary: packaging that came for the camera was not sealed, looked as if the camera was opened before and was tested before. Is this what i get for buying it via amazon gold box deal of the day? product wise, there is plenty of reviews of the S95 and i shall not add on to it. Happy with camera capability, upset with he fact that it is probably not a brand new set.
Summary: I want to say first that I usually don't have time to write reviews but I felt it was important to write one for Canon's S95. I own several cameras, including Digital SLRs as well as several point and shoots. Every time I go out to purchase a camera I'm frustrated because no single camera is quite the right fit. I love Canon products but cannot recommend the S95 because of it's price and limitations.
OK pictures, flash is unnerving and overflashes, strap is idiotic
12 November 2011
Summary: I find that this camera takes the same type / quality pictures as my SD970 and SD850 did when they were new. I was really hoping for the vibrant pictures I see other cameras get. It does take flash pictures much, much faster than the SD970, but unfortunately they are all way overflashed.