Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD – Product Description:

Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera One look at Canon’s new PowerShot S95 will have you moving “upgrade my digital camera” to the top of your to-do list. The ultra-slim, ultra-intelligent S95 is loaded with all a serious photographer’s must-haves, including a bright f/2.0 wide-angle lens and professional-style control ring for intuitive manual control. Canon’s HS System is on board for spectacular performance and image quality in low light.And, new for a compact, the S95 incorporates Canon’s Hybrid IS for blur-free shooting even close-up. You’ll shoot stunning 720p HD video with stereo sound, then watch it immediately on your HDTV with the simple HDMI connection. If photography’s your passion, now is the perfect time to step up to PowerShot S95.

Product Features :

  • Capture images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)
  • 3.8x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle lens , Canon’s Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake
  • Capture 720p HD video in stereo sound , play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • 10.0-megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor creates Canon’s HS System
  • f/2.0 lens for low light conditions or shallow depth-of-field; control ring for intuitive manual control
  • Capture 720p HD video in stereo sound; play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • 3.8x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle lens; Canon’s Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake

Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera – Review:

GREAT CAMERA AND UPGRADE TO SUPERB S90!

I own both the S90 and S95 (G10 and G11 also, as well as F-1 and numerous Nikons including the D90).
Hands down, I took more photos on a daily basis with the S90 since I took it EVERYWHERE.
As they say, the absolute best camera is the one you have when you need to take a photograph.
The picture quality of the S90 is superb and the S95 is at least as good.
Often the biggest limiter to picture quality is the skill of the photographer.
Time spent mastering a particular camera is well spent and paper specs often can mislead.
Discussing subtle nuances over comparable cameras is often more academic than practical.
The S95 gives the serious photographer tremendous flexibility from full auto to full manual and superb features that are packaged in a truly pocketable high performing camera that is arguably best in class.

So what has improved:

Body finish…more tactile and grippy
Selection wheel on back has click stops….hurray!
On/off button is where it should be.
720p movie mode added (24 fps vs 30 for lx5) with stereo recording.
More scenes including High Dynamic Range (very cool)
Numerous technical innovations that result in more stable, sharper pictures.
Button feel on back is more positive.
Ring on front has more friction and feels more positive.
Body even smaller and more pocketable.
Menu system updated but if you can drive a S90, G10 or G11 you will be off and running.
Improved hand lanyard placement.
Improved shutter release.
Slightly rounded corners…looks feels better.

What stayed the same:

Battery door and card slot.
Same cables and connectors.
Lack of grip….no denying it would add weight but…
Build quality…as good as it will get.

What got worse:
This part is highly subjective because different people see the same change differently (I see the size reduction as good, while others have said it’s bad….so be wary and know if you agree with peoples reasons).
Thumb rest no longer there…I missed it.

So there you have my first impressions and if I had to choose between the S90 and S95, the S95 is the clear winner!

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