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Enthusiasts will like the manual controls on Canon’s high-spec S95 compact camera, but will these changes persuade them to upgrade their current model? We find out

Canon PowerShot S95 at a glance:

  • 10 million pixels
  • 28-105mm (equivalent) f/2-4.9 lens
  • Hybrid Image Stabilizer
  • 720p HD movie recording
  • Street price around £399

Canon PowerShot S95 review – Introduction

Many compact cameras aimed at the more serious user are, well, not quite so compact. Canon’s PowerShot G11 is 49mm in depth, and Samsung’s EX1 is 46mm. In contrast, the Canon PowerShot S95 slips easily into the pocket and is truly compact at less than 30mm deep, while offering many of the same functions as the bulkier models. With fully manual controls, raw and JPEG capture, an aperture of f/2 at the wideangle focal length and an intuitive lens control ring, the main sacrifices from the larger Canon models are no viewfinder and a more modest focal range.

The Canon PowerShot S95 comes roughly one year after the launch of the previous model, the PowerShot S90. So, the first thing that many S90 owners will consider is whether or not any significant changes have been made that will justify upgrading to the newer model, or, if a new buyer, whether to fork out the extra money for the latest version. There have, in fact, been a number of refinements, and the addition of a Hybrid Image Stabilizer makes it worth considering.

  • Memory Card: SHDC, SDXC, SD, MMC
  • Output Size: 3648x2736 pixels
  • LCD: 3in LCD with approx 461,000 dots
  • Sensor: 1/1.7in, 10-million-pixel CCD sensor
  • Exposure Modes: HDR, fisheye, miniature, poster effect and 21 presets
  • Weight: 193g (including battery and memory card)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NB-6L
  • Lens: Canon 3.8x zoom lens, 28-105mm (effective) f/2-4.9, 5cm close focus macro mode
  • ISO: 80-3200
  • Shutter Speeds: 15-1/1600sec in shutter priority and manual mode
  • File Format: JPEG, raw (DPOF), raw + JPEG simultaneously, Compression: Fine/Normal JPEG
  • RRP: £399
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted, spot
  • Dimensions: 99.8x58.4x29.5mm
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, continuous AF, servo AF/AE tracking AF. AF modes: 9-point, face detection, one point (centre)

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