Canon PowerShot S95

Last Updated (03 May’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar

Canon PowerShot S95 is a 10 MP Digital Camera features 3.8x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm) with image stabilizer, a Lens Control Ring that enables control of camera settings such as exposure compensation, ISO 80-3200, full manual control, and a 3.0-inch TFT color LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 3.93 x 2.30 x 1.16 in. (99.8 x 58.4 x 29.5mm) and weighs Approx. 6.00 oz. / 170g (camera body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info: sold start from $249.99

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot S95 Reviews

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The Canon S95 is a great little camera that enthusiasts will love. It’s small, fits in the pocket and is classily designed as well as shooting good quality images.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SeriousCompacts reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The Canon S95 is positioned to be a good choice for both those who have been bitten by the bug to upgrade from their cheaper compact that doesn’t offer all of these amenities, and to serious enthusiasts or pros who want the best camera they can get that will fit in their shirt pocket. .”
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PhotographyBay reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“While the S95 will not deliver DSLR-quality images, it stands apart from the most of the point and shoot camera pack with solid image quality and exceptional control over exposure. I can highly recommend the S95 as camera for those who want to get more out of their cameras, but maintain a compact go-everywhere size.”
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PCWorld.india reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The Canon S95 impressed us with its excellent imaging capability for a pocket-sized compact camera. No, it won’t replace those mirrorless or DSLR cameras, but as a compact camera that you can carry with you everywhere, the Canon S95 which is priced at Rs.26,990 will let you capture photos that are of almost DSLR quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“Canon’s PowerShot S95 reaches the current upper limit of image quality in pocket-sized digital cameras—that’s why it wins our Editors’ Choice for the category. This little guy packs a sweet LCD, great controls, a big image sensor, a bright lens, and it pumps out stellar-looking photos”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CGG reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“So despite having a number of flaws as an advanced compact camera, it is still easy to Highly Recommend the S95….the S95′s svelte form factor and appealing image quality should be more than enough to get photographers looking for the most portable of advanced compacts past its flaws and embracing its virtues.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Geek reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“I’d highly recommend this camera and I’m fairly confident that I made the right decision. The other cameras I mentioned are all great, but the S95’s combination of price, performance, size, and features is next to impossible to match right now..”
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot S95 is a worthy successor to the S90 and although the improvements are not revolutionary, they are present. If you are looking for a high-quality camera with compact dimensions and creative possibilities, you should consider this camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The expense may be a stumbling block for some, but the Powershot S95 takes some absolutely stunning images, and the full manual control lens ring is especially useful. For those who’ll use it to its full capacity the S95 will impress. “
Rating: ★★★★½

GianniGalassi reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“I didn’t notice any relevant downsides yet. Apart from the limited zoom factor, yet giving a luxurious f/2.0 at wide angle, which is not bad at all for such a small sized lens. On the other hand, whenever I need a bigger focal length my dear old G10 is still there. And with its 14.7 megapixels there is even room for a little cropping. Purists permitting.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The Canon Powershot S95 is small enough to fit comfortably into a medium sized pocket yet has a good all round set of features. Picture quality is a level above cheaper options. I would certainly be happy carrying the Powershot S95 with me when a Digital SLR was not really practical. Recommended “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PDNOnline reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The classic-looking tuxedo-black S95 doesn’t foolishly pump up the pixels or change the bright aperture of the f/2.0 lens. It’s the same camera we all knew and loved from a year ago with a couple of the same limitations, mostly resulting from its small size. If you’re looking for true pocket power, however, the S95 is your camera..”
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TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“Overall image quality is good. Colours are punchy and sharp. The auto white-balance can struggle a little in some conditions, another good reason to shoot in RAW. Distortion at the wide-angle end of the zoom range appears to be at a minimum and we also saw little evidence of fringing.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ThePhoblographer reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“at the wide angle and telephoto positions the S95 captures very crisp, vivid images. It handles colors very well, which is useful since its RAW format isn’t yet supported in Lightroom or Photoshop. The in-camera HDR mode can produce striking pictures in awkward lighting, but you need a tripod and the timer enabled to get a remotely usable shot.”
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PCAuthority reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“It’s robust and produces great images; if size matters, it’s a great choice. But Panasonic’s bulkier DMC-LX5 offers more flexibility with its 24mm wide-angle lens and more advanced HD video mode..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“Images quality is incredible good for a compact camera: expect sharp, crisp clear pictures with hardly any digital noise. High contrast is handled much better than in any compact we’ve seen for a long time and colours are excellent: vivid yet realistic and skin tones are also flattering yet realistic. Macro shots are brilliant too: pin-sharp. Low light performance also deserves a mention, the new HS system really works: this is certainly a camera you’ll get good night shots from.”
Rating: ★★★★★

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“There are not too many reasons to upgrade from a PowerShot S90 to the PowerShot S95, as many of the differences are refinements rather than outright changes. However, intuitive manual controls using the improved lens control ring in the later model will satisfy serious users and, in its own right, the S95 is a great performer. There are few cameras that slip comfortably into pocket that will produce better images than this one. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The Canon S95 is to expert compacts what ultra-compacts are to regular compact cameras (bear with me on this): it’s smaller, more stylish, but just as effective and with just as many functions as its bulkier counterparts. As far as we’re concerned, the S95 is a genuine success, in spite of the few minor drawbacks in the video mode and overall responsiveness.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The S90’s big strength was its image quality, and the S95 consistently matches it beat-for-beat. Colour rendition is accurate with particularly strong blues and greens. The camera seems to cope well with difficult exposures even in automatic mode, choosing to under- or overexpose using the exposure compensation accordingly.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TheOnlinePhotographer reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The camera struggles a bit with low light, but generally does a good job there as well. ISO 800 looks very good and ISO 1600 is often quite usable. Exposures of up to 15 seconds look reasonably clean.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot S95 is a high-performance snapshot camera that doesn’t claim to be an alternative to a dSLR, but costs almost as much. You’re paying for a smaller form factor, solid feature set and equally solid build.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“Despite a few issues, the PowerShot S95 is one of the best compact cameras on the market, as was its predecessor. Combine the better-than-average photo quality with a fast lens, beautiful LCD, boatload of auto and manual controls, and HD movie recording, and you’ve got yourself a camera that’s easy for me to recommend. “
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ePhotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“On the one hand it is particularly good at getting low light pictures with slow shutter speeds thanks to the optical stabilisation. It’s really good at controlling coloured noise all the way into ISO3200….The bottom line is that it’s a good camera overall, at times very good, but you aren’t getting £399 worth of value. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

WireFresh compares the Panasonic Lumix LX5 to the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“It’s hard not to like the Canon PowerShot S95. It feels solidly built and its manual features are easy to use for the most part. We love the focus tracking feature and the overall swiftness of the camera — it can take photos very quickly — and it has enough zoom range to be useful as a travel companion.”
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GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“It’s hard not to like the Canon PowerShot S95. It feels solidly built and its manual features are easy to use for the most part. We love the focus tracking feature and the overall swiftness of the camera — it can take photos very quickly — and it has enough zoom range to be useful as a travel companion”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“Video quality was very good as long as the ambient light levels were high. In dim lighting, the camera found it more difficult to maintain focus. Resolution also declined and some artefacts could be seen in most clips. Audio quality was better than expected for the camera’s tiny microphones but wind noise was an ever-present problem with outdoor shooting.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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Digitaltrends reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“It has tweaks galore, we really like the control ring, and the photo quality is top notch. There’s still the issue of speed, but that’s a problem shared by almost all point-and-shoots. We found ourselves using the S95 more than the DSLR we carried to compare, but when it came to sports, the larger camera got the call with its faster burst mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“Image quality is still excellent, with a usable ISO range of 80-800 and fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, albeit only at the wide-angle lens setting, making the S95 very well-suited to low-light, hand-held photography. It’s also possible to capture the blurred backgrounds and sharp subject that most compacts struggle to achieve.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot S95 User Reviews

Wow! What an improvement! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m in love with this camera. I won’t go into details about picture quality because it’s as good as its predecessor; there are examples all over the Internet. And of course the S95’s 720 HD video is a big improvement over the standard video of the S90…” – By Amazon Fan for Many Years

S95 is simply perfect, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have an 8GB SD card which according to the camera can record over 50 minutes of HD (720) video. Also, when taking action shots just using the AUTO setting on the camera, the pictures turn out amazing. The ring function is probably another major reason I chose the S95.. The S95 is also a solid camera. You can tell this by just looking at the parts used and feeling the camera itself. I don’t feel like I’m going to break it if that makes any sense. For the money you get a lot with this camera. The HD video is by itself worth it. ” – By Jonathan Beling

Great camera and upgrade to superb S90, | Rating: ★★★★★
“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.” – By Thomas Mclean

Sold my G10 to a friend. | Rating: ★★★★★
“This S95 is amazing! Image quality rivals my DSLR bodies. I use a 7D and 5D with L lenses. I can’t carry those monsters with me all the time. The S95 will be with me always. The video is MUCH better than the G10 (and probably the G11) but Im sure the the G12 will beat it.” – By I am el Jeffe

Ideal every-where-you-go pocket camera for a pro photographer! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I could not be happier with my decision. Image quality is outstanding with the camera, as S90 owners can attest to, but the physical quality and the ease of use is fantastic. I love the weight of the camera, the matte finish and the dials are top notch. I really look forward to having this camera at the ready at *all* times!” – By Ryan Katsanes Photography

Pocket-sized camera with manual controls, | Rating: ★★★★★
“In particular, I wanted good control over aperture, shutter speed, and exposure. The S95 gives me all of that, plus bracketing, RAW support, shallower depth of field, high ISO (simulated 12800), manual white balance (blue/amber, green/magenta), flash settings, sharpness, and a few other settings that will help me learn more about the technical aspects of photography that I wasn’t able to try out with earlier pocket cameras I’ve owned.” – By Amit Patel

I posted what became the most helpful critical review of the S90, | Rating: ★★★★★
“For me it’s a DSLR, and this little S95. Fact is that 80% of my pictures of the kids and family will be taken with my new S95, and I am confident I will get keepsake pictures to last a lifetime. Plus it’s fun to use, allows the capture of great videos, and being creative when the urge strikes; all with fantastic results.” – By Paul G. Anderson

Simply Amazing, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The S95 is giving my pro camera a run for its money. The picture quality is great and the in-camera scenes give you so many options as well as full manual mode. Shutter lag is virtually non-existent. The LCD screen is bright and fairly accurate as far as colors.” – By Surfseventy8

Excellent image quality, full controls and pocketable, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Image quality is noticeably better than photos from typical pocket cameras. You can make an 8 x 10 or perhaps 11×14 enlargement, although a digital SLR will be significantly better for larger prints. They also have f/2.0 lenses at their widest angle, although the aperture closes down as you zoom in… If you want a truly pocketable camera that gives you good image quality and full control over your photography, the S95 is an excellent choice.” – By Michael Sandman

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Canon PowerShot S95 User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot S95 Features

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.

Canon PowerShot S95 Highlights

Canon’s HS System for improved low light performance and better image quality
The PowerShot S95 employs the Canon HS System by combining a powerful 10.0-megapixel CCD sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Thanks to this technological advancement, the S95 is dramatically more sensitive than cameras with identical megapixel counts, and delivers spectacular images with minimal noise. Increased sensitivity demands a higher ISO speed, and the PowerShot S95 delivers with a new maximum setting of ISO 12,800. Blur and camera shake are notably reduced for the ultimate in sharpness and clarity.

Shoot beautiful 720p HD video in stereo sound
The PowerShot S95 lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD videos (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition TV monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

Control ring for intuitive manual control
Focus, Exposure, ISO, Step Zoom, or White Balance can now be adjusted more precisely than ever with the S95’s control ring. It’s even more intuitive and quicker than the usual 2-button control and the S95 lets you decide which function the ring will adjust.

Bright f/2.0 lens
The S95 sports an f/2.0 aperture, perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. The Macro setting lets you get even closer. The large aperture also does more. It lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. You’ll be ready for anything with a lens aperture larger than even many professional sizes.

Canon’s Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting
The PowerShot S95 is one of the first compact cameras to be equipped with Canon’s highly advanced Hybrid IS function, which corrects camera shake from two sources to deliver sharp, blur-free images even when you zoom in close to your subject.

Hybrid IS employs both an angular sensor and an accelerometer, enabling it to suppress both the blur caused by the angle of the camera and the “shift blur” that happens when your subject moves parallel to the camera, a problem that is especially noticeable at large zoom factors.

With the ability to produce clear, steady images in most situations and at any zoom length, the PowerShot S95 is the camera you’ll want to take everywhere.

Full range of shooting and recording modes
The PowerShot S95’s RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.

Also, with 26 Shooting Modes including 18 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

3.8x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm wide-angle lens
The PowerShot S95 features Canon’s precision 28mm wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom lens that allows you to shoot most scenes from wide-angle to telephoto. It lets you capture more in every frame, so everyone fits in a family gathering shot. When it’s time to take a closer look, the Canon Optical Image Stabilizer helps minimize camera shake and reveal almost every detail.

What’s in the Box
* PowerShot S95 Camera body
* Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
* Battery Charger CB-2LY
* Wrist Strap WS-DC9
* AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

3 Responses to “Canon PowerShot S95”

  1. wendy says:

    All in all I am very happy with the S95, however, I am really dissapointed with the Macro feature. I cant get the really close and detailed shots that both of my older (and much cheaper) Pentax Optio compacts did, It seems that with the S95, when I get close to the subject it reverts from Macro back to normal shooting mode, taking it out of focus??!! I’ve tried in auto and manual modes and still have the same problem. I dont think its user error; in automatic mode I wouldnt think there was too much that I can be doing to create this problem. Anyone else had the same problem. Any thoughts or help would be gratefully appreciated.

  2. William says:

    I’m not a camera expert, but I know a little and the basic point and shoot. The new Canon S95 is the best quality compact I have used. The LCD screen is brilliant and quite precise as far as colors. The camera also starts up quickly, being ready to take a picture less than 2 seconds after I power it on. At daytime, the photography is as good as many SLR’s out there, and in low light, it’s far and away better than any compact

  3. John says:

    Hey just curious if I am taking photos of me and friends, does it give that clear crisp quality, what is the setting and iso you want, they say lower is better ?? I been using AV heard thats good. what what else you recommand

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