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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Hardware

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LCD & Viewfinder


The S95 includes a 3-inch, 460k pixel screen. This is unchanged from the S90, but we found that this screen produces sharp, clear previews of images.

 

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The LCD screen of the S95

Flash

 


The S95 includes a small built-in, pop-up flash above the lens. This automatically pops up and slides down when required, as determined by the flash mode. Because the body of the S95 is thinner than the S90, the flash is thinner too, but Canon claims the same power and range. We haven't been able to test this claim yet, though.

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The flash of the S95 in active mode

Lens & Sensor

 


The S95 is built around a 3.8x zoom lens, with a focal length range of 6 to 22.5mm, which is equivalent to a 28 to 105mm zoom length on a 35mm film camera. That's a decent length (and the wide angle is wider than most), but the telephoto won't get you that close into the action. Behind the lens is the sensor, a 1/11.7-inch CCD chip that captures 10.2 megapixel images.

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The flash of the S95 in active mode

 

 

Jacks, Ports & Plugs

 


There are two ports on this camera beneath a small rubber panel on the left side of the camera body: one USB and one HDMI port. 

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The ports of the S95

 

Battery


The S95 is powered by a small NB-6L Lithium Ion battery that fits into a cavity at the bottom of the camera body. Canon claims a battery life of around 200 shots for this battery.

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*The battery and memory card compartment of the S95*

 

Memory


Images and video are stored on SDHC cards that fit into a slot alongside the battery. The S95 also supports the newer SDXC memory card format, which allows for cards that can hold up to 2TB of data. At the moment, cards that hold up to 32GB are available.

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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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