By Blake Sanders, Guest Expert
The Canon PowerShot S95 is a wonderful pocket camera for serious photographers who want the ability to take great pictures quickly.
Its size allows it to fit easily inside a pack or purse. It is equipped with many great features that allow for quality picture taking while still being quite compact. In the event of a technical emergency, the PowerShot S95 is a great fallback camera to any DSLR.
Basics and Features
This Canon features a 10 megapixel image capture with a DIGIC 4 image processor using iSAPS technology. The PowerShot S95 also has 3.8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom for a combined zoom of about 15x. Camera features also include:
- 99.8 x 58.4 x 29.5 mm dimensions
- Internal flash (hideaway)
- 7.5 centimeter monitor
- Removable media card compatibility (SD, SDHC, MMC, and MMCplus)
The Canon PowerShot S95 is relatively light, with a total weight of about 193 grams when loaded with batteries and a memory card.
It features multiple shooting modes and can also take and store short video clips, which are great to show friends and colleagues on your laptop or the camera itself.
The S95 is a great camera for advanced photographers because it has many manual shooting features that allow the photographer to customise their shots. The camera is attractive as well as sturdy, and offers users a variety of menus and automatic settings for different shooting situations.
The image quality is rated very highly and many photographers say that the photos it takes rival those taken with a DSLR camera. These shots are easily uploaded to Photobucket, Facebook, and other websites using your PC or laptop. The S95 compensates very well in situations where the lighting is not ideal.
It has a longer than average battery life, and its compact size makes it an almost unnoticeable addition to a photographer’s arsenal.
The absence of a viewfinder is one of the biggest complaints about the Canon PowerShot S95, along with the absence of a pocket manual to be used for reference. The settings are a breeze to change and the menus are simple to navigate, but users who want to make specific changes may spend a minute going through the menus to find the settings they need.
The built-in flash works great for many different lighting situations, but the pop-up is unexpected and may surprise people who are not used to it. The S95 is also slightly slower than comparable cameras, which may cause photographers to miss an occasional action shot.
It also can only focus on objects as close as five inches, which is a con for photographers who shoot very small objects.
The Canon PowerShot S95 is not a perfect camera, but it is a great choice for photographers who want a compact camera that takes excellent pictures and is easy to customize. The nearly £300/$400 price tag is a bit high for a point and shoot camera, but all the available features make it more than worth the price.
|Blake Sanders writes tech at broadband comparison site Broadband Expert and specializes in everything from mobile broadband and industry news, to finding free laptop deals.|
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