Canon S95 10.0 Megapixel Advanced Compact Reviews Roundup

Together with SD4500 IS, Canon also announces the PowerShot S95 premium compact as successor to the popular S90 camera model, which was recently at #1 on the top 10 best selling camera ranking. This latest S95 model includes an upgraded sensor capable of 720p HD video recording as well as multi-aspect ratio shooting. The S95 also equipped with an HDMI port and stereo sound recording. It's also the first PowerShot to feature in-camera high dynamic range processing. With use of a tripod, the S95 will capture three successive images and combine them into one image with a wider apparent dynamic range. The camera supports SDXC memory cards and some additional scene modes.

Other than these features it inherits a lightly tweaked version of the S90's basic body design including the control ring, 28-105mm F2.0-4.9 stabilized lens, Digic IV image processor, RAW image capture and 3.0-inch LCD. For the advanced amateur shooters, the control ring allows the shooter to access manual control options and RAW shooting capabilities. The S95 is scheduled to be available late August, at an retail price of $399.99.
Whether a professional photographer looking for a smaller camera to tote along on assignment or a snap-happy sports fan heading to the big game, the new PowerShot digital cameras give users options for upgrading their shooting experience. All of the new cameras feature Optical Image Stabilization and use the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the proprietary technology that accounts for the cameras' higher performance levels, improved signal processing speeds and enhanced image quality. Smart AUTO technology can now track moving faces and 22 different shooting situations (up from 18 previously) by identifying the surroundings to help ensure proper lighting and focus, providing the confidence to deliver high-quality photos in virtually any situation, from group snapshots, to landscapes, to portraits and more.

Select new PowerShot models will have the ability to shoot 720p High-Definition (HD) video, utilize the PureColor System LCD and for the first time from Canon, a PowerShot Digital ELPH camera will have a touch screen user interface for easy navigation through images and menus.

The desire to capture a clear shot of a sunrise or sunset over a mountain range can be fulfilled by using powerful features such as the brand new 10.0-Megapixel High Sensitivity System found on two of the new higher-end PowerShot cameras, the PowerShot G11 and PowerShot S90. Proven to enhance image quality in low-light situations and reduce noise at high ISO speeds, the new High Sensitivity System which is combined with the DIGIC 4 image processor, results in a faster shutter speed to help reduce subject blur and camera shake in recorded images. When it's not possible to use the flash at an event such as a wedding or a dance recital, this High Sensitivity System will help ensure images look great while making the user the envy of all in attendance.

"With the introduction of these new PowerShot cameras, consumers will have a wide array of choices when looking to upgrade and enhance their photography experience," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "Professional and entry-level users alike will now have the opportunity to choose the camera which best suits both their photographic and personal style at the same time."

Canon PowerShot S90 Digital Camera

The PowerShot S90 is the camera photo enthusiasts have been waiting for to add to their photography arsenal. Borrowing its good looks from the PowerShot Digital ELPH line and its high-end functionality from the PowerShot G-series, this new camera has a High Sensitivity System sensor in addition to a 28mm wide-angle f/2.0 lens to help produce sharper images in low-light situations while the customizable control ring allows users to adjust shooting settings providing for further flexibility. For the professional photographer or advanced amateur interested in a versatile point and shoot camera, the PowerShot S90 provides a wealth of advanced technologies to capture those can't-miss moments. Other features of this camera include:

* A 10.0-Megapixel High Sensitivity System with a 3.8x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilization.
* A customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other creative shooting settings.
* A large 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD for even greater true life color reproduction.
* Full range of shooting and recording modes, including RAW + JPEG, for the ultimate in creative control when editing.

Scheduled to be available in October, the PowerShot S90 Digital Camera retails for an estimated price of $429.99.

Canon Powershot S95 Sample Photos on Flickr

Canon Powershot S95 Camera Reviews Roundup

SeriousCompacts - Jun 16 2011
"Pros: small size; "large" sensor for a compact; bright, sharp LCD screen; intuitive controls (or at least they can be quickly learned); programmable selector ring around the lens; lens fairly fast at f/2 at the wide end; lens has good optical quality (though clearly there is some adjusting going on in software); good build quality with metal body;..." More »
Not Rated
PhotographyBay - Mar 29 2011
"As with its big brother, the G12, the Canon S95 delivers pretty good image quality thanks to its 10MP sensor and the ability to capture images in RAW format. The resolution isn't going to be as high as other typical point and shoot cameras that offer 14+ megapixels; however, the overall quality of images will generally outshine what you get from the run-of-..." More »
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CameraGear - Feb 18 2011
"We'll say it again, the S95 probably will not and should not be the first choice for control-happy advanced photographers. For these photographers, the S95 is easily overshadowed by Panasonic's excellent LX5, which does just about everything the S95 can't. The S95 doesn't have a hot shoe, can't use a viewfinder, lacks an ND filter, suffers from sub-par batt..." More »
80out of 100
MacWorld - Feb 02 2011
"What makes the S95 so similar to the G12 is its mix of manual controls and fun-to-use features. Color Accent, Color Swap, Miniature mode, HDR mode, and Fisheye scene mode broaden your creative horizons without requiring you to perform post-production work or image editing. Exposure bracketing, focus bracketing, aperture priority, shutter priority, and full..." More »
80out of 100
PhotoInduced - Jan 04 2011
"There is the new Canon Hybrid IS image stabilization system, which we liked when shooting close-up: Simply put, this helps correct camera shake from 2 sources. When you're shooting close, usually handheld, this is a major factor. The current rage of HDR is also built in, but bring a tripod or a Gorillapod to make use of it. If you had the S90..." More »
Not Rated
LetsGoDigital - Dec 22 2010
"The S90's quality, predecessor to the Canon S95 camera that we discussed here, was already at a high level. There were a few features, such as the position of the zoom button, which prevented smooth control of the camera. The Canon PowerShot S95 has improved these points and the quality has increased, even in terms of image quality. Of course, there is alwa..." More »
80out of 100
Camera Labs - Nov 14 2010
"Canon's PowerShot S95 may not represent a huge leap forward from its predecessor, but remains an ideal choice for enthusiasts who want a pocket camera without compromising on control and features. Think of it as an IXUS / ELPH for the more demanding customer. The person who fondly gazes at the attractive bodies of models like Canon's IXUS 130 / SD1400 IS, b..." More »
88out of 100
PhotoRadar - Nov 03 2010
"One of the big plus points of the Canon S95 is the ability to shoot in Canon's raw .CR2 format. This is a great feature, and one that will be appreciated by all serious photographers. Another high point is the lens. It's nice and bright at f/2.0 and thanks to the inbuilt image stabiliser, even shooting handheld at ISO 80/100 in a dimly-lit church provi..." More »
80out of 100
Steve's Digicam - Oct 15 2010
"Since the S90 and S95 share the same imager, processor and lens, it's not surprising that our image quality results were pretty much identical. That said, the S95 is able to produce some Very pleasing photos for such a compact package. Our images both indoors and out show good exposure, sharpness and fine details. Depending on which exposure mode you are us..." More »
Not Rated
TOP - Oct 12 2010
"As I've already indicated, the images from the S95 look great. Do they really measure up to images from a Micro 4/3 camera or a DSLR? Well, no--not if you look at them at 400% on your computer monitor or enlarge prints to 16x20 or bigger. But, if you make smaller prints or view them on a monitor even at full screen, they really look almost the same. When ma..." More »
Not Rated
Trusted Reviews - Oct 09 2010
"Of course the crucial factor for high-spec compacts like the S95 is image quality, and this is where the new camera scores vital points. The image quality is absolutely superb, with a huge amount of fine detail. The S95 can shoot in Raw mode, but the in-camera JPEG quality is so good that you won't need to use it often. Oddly the JPEG images do appear to be..." More »
90out of 100
Pocket-lint - Oct 08 2010
"The versatility on offer is backed up by excellent image quality, with detail retained where lesser compacts give up. There is evidence of some fringing in high contrast shots and at the far end of the zoom images are noticeably softer. There is a touch of distortion at the wide angle, but nothing that isn't typical of compact lenses and nothing that will c..." More »
90out of 100
Imaging Resource - Oct 06 2010
"Though we ultimately couldn't ignore the quality of the Canon S90 despite its flaws last year, I'm happy to report that the Canon S95 is improved in just the right ways to eliminate many of the nuisances that made many of us veer off the S90. Swapping the Power and Ring Function buttons was an obvious and necessary fix, as was clearing room for the thumb on..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Resource Page - Sep 30 2010
"Camera performance was generally good. The PowerShot S95 is ready to start taking photos after just one second. The camera focuses fairly quickly, with wide-angle times between 0.3 and 0.5 seconds, and telephoto delays about twice as long. The S95 focuses well in low light, courtesy of its AF-assist lamp. I didn't find shutter lag to be a problem, and shot-..." More »
Not Rated
wexblog - Sep 30 2010
"Usually I shoot with a Nikon D40x but this was out of action so the S95 would be my sole camera for the week. And my first impressions were that I didn't miss my DSLR at all! The controls available on the S95 make it an excellent option for any photographer looking for a compact back-up to their DSLR. Between the front control 'ring' and the rear control 'd..." More »
90out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Sep 30 2010
"One of the biggest complaints consumers leveled at the S90 was its lack of an HD movie mode. Canon listened to those complaints. The S95's 1280x720 at 30fps HD movie mode produces sharply focused, properly exposed, color correct videos clips. Like most digicams, the S95 can't be zoomed while in video capture mode. The S95's image files are clearly opti..." More »
90out of 100
CNET - Sep 30 2010
"New digital cameras always boast a 'first' of some sort, and on the S95, it's a hybrid image stabilisation system. This system boosts the camera's performance during macro, close-up photography. It also aids low-light performance, in conjunction with the camera's bright f/2.0 lens, by allowing more light in. At full resolution, the S95 offers light sensitiv..." More »
80out of 100
ePhotoZine - Sep 29 2010
"The S95 boasts that it's king of the low light shot thanks to lens aperture, image processing and optical stabilisation. Well, on the one hand, the old foe of coloured, blotchy noisy has been vanquished, because the images are usable all the way through to ISO3200. The noise control at the top end of the ISO range is spectacularly impressive for a compact...." More »
70out of 100
PhotoReview - Sep 20 2010
"Not surprisingly (since they use the same sensor and lens), the review camera's performance was in most respects similar to its predecessor. The general appearance of still images was much the same, autofocusing and metering were just as fast and accurate and the image stabiliser was equally effective. The new HDR mode didn't record the three shots qui..." More »
90out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Sep 03 2010
"The S95 is an upgrade to the S90, Canon's high-end point and shoot that includes extensive manual control features. It is designed for the user who wants the simplicity of a point and shoot, but also the control that a higher end camera offers. The S95 shares the same styling as the previous model, with a compact, boxy design and matte black coating that lo..." More »
Not Rated
Photography BLOG - Sep 01 2010
"The Canon PowerShot S95 addresses virtually all of the issues that detracted from its predecessor - most notably the lack of HD video and sky-high price - whilst further improving the handling and customisation. Current S90 owners won't find too many reasons to upgrade, but the S95 is an even more attractive proposition as a serious compact for serious user..." More »
90out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Aug 30 2010
"I've only had the S95 for a few days, but this camera was clearly designed by photographers for photographers - here are a couple of examples. The S95's compass switch (4-way controller) features Canon's "func" button for direct access to ISO and White Balance and other regularly changed settings, plus a rotary jog dial. Press the review button an..." More »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Canon Powershot S95

  • 2014-10-15 07:00
    Perfect small camera, Richard W Mathes
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    A perfect replacement for my old Powershot S95 that got soaked by a leak. I prefer this model to newer models (the features keep changing).
  • 2014-10-12 07:00
    Three Stars, spence
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    Still works.
  • 2014-10-02 07:00
    love it, T.R.
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    Love, it, love it, love it
  • 2014-09-22 07:00
    Takes great pictures. I wish the flash would go back ..., SK
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    Takes great pictures. I wish the flash would go back down automatically as it kind of gets in the way. It would be better if the flash was embedded in the actual frame and didn't pop up. Other than that, it serves its purpose.
  • 2014-09-12 07:00
    Five Stars, Mr. Virgil L. Smith
    great small camera
  • 2014-09-11 07:00
    Does its job very well for specific purposes, Morph
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    Great for personal, epic shots of people with/without scenery. The lens makes the pic soft so it's great for family gatherings, etc. Something to keep in your pocket for quick candid shots. For me, it's a niche camera, and it does what I described above as its niche very well. Can't think of any reason to give it a 4.
  • 2014-09-04 07:00
    Five Stars, Sandi 90
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    Great camera, takes great pictures, easy to use. Has a nice zoom lense.
  • 2014-09-04 07:00
    I love it, Sandi 90
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    Great camera, takes great pictures, easy to use. Has a nice zoom lense.
  • 2014-08-20 07:00
    We like it very much!, Michael J
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    I'm not much of a photographer, but this little guy takes nice photos. Easy to carry around; small and light. No big lenses to deal with, which is good for me. Good value.
  • 2014-08-18 07:00
    not too shabby, RL
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    Bought this as travel camera for my wife. She will never use all of the functions. She uses it in auto mode and likes it.
  • 2014-08-13 07:00
    Five Stars, A. S. Wattson
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    Great family camera - easy but produces excellent photos
  • 2014-07-27 07:00
    best point-and-shoot camera ever, Marcelo Pinto "GMx"
    This is the best camera I've ever had in my life, simple as that. Canon really hit the spot on this one. All pictures look great and you really don't need to do anything besides focusing and taking the picture. I've had experience with semi-professional cameras and all, but this little one always travels with me since it's the best point-and-shooter you'll ever experience within this price range (believe me, it's cheap for what it does)
  • 2014-07-14 07:00
    Best Point and Shoot, Barry
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    I can almost replace my high end digital SLR with this compact gem of a camera. Maybe the best of the point and shoot genre.
  • 2014-06-15 07:00
    Wonderful., S. Hunt
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    This is a great little travel camera. My daughter loves it. Fits nicely in her handbag and has some pretty advanced features. Very happy.
  • 2014-06-04 07:00
    Great Camera, J. Ogul
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    These are really good cameras to pick up used. They were the best around in their day and still compete very well with the newer crop of cameras.
  • 2014-05-03 07:00
    Great camera, can do anything, controls small for large fingers, Paraducks "Gioco"
    My headline says most of it. It's a very versatile tool, very flexible and has great capabilities but the small buttons and somewhat un-intuitive menu can be difficult to operate. It's wonderful to have with you as a pocket camera but if the "auto" setting isn't what you want, it may be difficult to get it to the settings you want. They are there just sometimes difficult to find and sometimes physically difficult to choose because of the small buttons. I wouldn't complain about the buttons if size forced them to be as small as they are but it does not. Despite my negatives, it is a great camera and, four years on, I am happy with it.
  • 2014-04-30 07:00
    Survived a massive explosion, M. rogers
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    I was shooting video with this camera from a large tripod and there was an industrial accident followed by an large explosion. The camera was struck head-on with flying debris from the explosion. The debris was about a 30-40 pound item that became a flying projectile from several hundred feet away. The camera initially gave me the classic 'lens error.' When I got it home and attached it via HDMI to my TV, it powered down and has worked fine since then. I have to say, I truly didn't expect a camera like this to survive that kind of abuse. Didn't even scratch it.
  • 2014-04-16 07:00
    Mine Was a Lemon, MN Swede
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    I had high expectations for the PowerShot S95, based on the rave reviews for it's predecessor, the PowerShot S90. I ordered the S95 to replace a Canon PowerShot SD940. The S95 is a really nice looking little camera, with lots of creative features...more that just a "point and shoot." I was excited to have a camera that was so small and easy to carry around, and that took high-quality images. I also purchased a Canon PSC-900 leather case to protect it when it was in my jacket pocket. But when I looked closely at the first images that I took, they just didn't seem very good. They were sharp in some spots, but out of focus in other areas. I looked through the owner's manual, and tried different settings, but no improvement.
    Too late to return to Amazon, so I sent it to Canon under warranty. The turn-around was amazingly fast. I had it back in about a week. The bad news though, was that the images were even worse than before. Sent back to Canon a second time, with same fast turn-around! This time, they got it right. The images were finally razor-sharp throughout the entire image. What a sweet little camera! My favorite to slip in my pocket when going out and doing stuff with family or friends.
    Fast forward about 18 months. Took the S95 to a family brunch get-together a few weeks ago. Took the camera out, turned it on, and nothing! Only the current time displayed in jumbo numbers on the back screen, with each number inside a square, and the squares would rotate as the time advanced. If I pressed the shutter button, the lens would suddenly pop out, and the image from the lens would appear on the screen. But none of the buttons worked, so no way to pull-up the menu or change settings. The zoom and auto focus worked, and if I press the shutter button it takes a picture, but again, only at the settings that are "frozen" since I can't get into the menu to change anything. No flash either. Basically now worthless as a camera. (But a cool desk clock!)
    What a let-down. The camera was kept in it's case since day-one, and looks like brand-new. It's never been dropped or wet or near a sandy beach or salty ocean air. Only took 1497 shots with it. Not worth paying $100+ to have it fixed, especially based on it's track record, as it would probably fail again.
    BTW, I gave my old PowerShot SD940 to my daughter in college, and it is still working flawlessly after almost 4 years and 1000's of shots...I should have stayed with that one!
  • 2014-04-02 07:00
    Great Camera, Sam Randol
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    I love this camera. It has served me quite well for a very long time. I dropped it once and broke the lens, but was able to have it repaired quite easily. Takes wonderful clear pictures, especially since I'm not all that steady. Great all around camera.
  • 2014-04-02 07:00
    Great Camera, Sam Randol
    I love this camera. It has served me quite well for a very long time. I dropped it once and broke the lens, but was able to have it repaired quite easily. Takes wonderful clear pictures, especially since I'm not all that steady. Great all around camera.