Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera First Impressions Review

The Canon PowerShot S90 was a great little camera, and the signs are that the S95 should continue this trend.

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Manual Controls


As you would expect from a high-end compact camera, the S95 offers a lot of manual controls. The full manual mode allows you to set both aperture and shutter settings directly using the combination of the control ring around the lens and the control dial on the rear of the camera. The control ring around the lens can also be set to control the zoom lens, the ISO, and exposure compensation.

Focus


We found that the auto focus of the S95 was generally quick and responsive. A focus bracketing mode is also offered, which takes 3 shots at slightly different focus points.

ISO


The S95 has a very wide ISO range, going from 100 right up to 3200 at the full resolution of the camera. If you don't mind reducing the resolution to 2 megapixels, you can increase this to an impressive maximum of 12800.

 

Aperture & Shutter Speed


The aperture and shutter speed range of the S95 is very respectable, with the lens offering a aperture range of f/2 to f/8 at the wide angle setting and f/4.9 to f/8 at the telephoto end. The shutter speed in most modes is from 1 to 1/1600 of a second, although this can be expanded out to 15 seconds in some scene modes.

White Balance


The S95 offers 8 white balance presets, as well as a custom mode that measures the color temperature from a captured image.

Exposure & Metering


The usual exposure modes are on offer: you can set the camera to evaluate the scene, use center weighted or spot metering. 

Image Stabilization

 


The S95 offers optical image stabilization, where an element of the lens shifts to compensate for camera shake. On the S90, we found this to be moderately effective, but we have not yet tested it on the S95.

Picture Quality & Size Options


The S95 offers image sizes from the 10 megapixel maximum (3648 by 2736 pixels) down to 640 by 480 pixels. Two options for image quality are offered: fine and normal.

Picture Effects


The S95 offers a range of picture effects that alter the colors and textures of images: 11 in all. These are unchanged from the S90.

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Sections

  1. Our First Take
  2. Product Tour
  3. Handling
  4. Modes
  5. Controls
  6. Hardware
  7. Conclusion

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