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About Canon S95

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 and then watch it immediately on your HDTV with the simple HDMI connection.

The Canon S95 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings and more.The Canon S95 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon S95 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon S95: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice body color, Nice features/settings, Short lag time, Simple controls/menu and Zoom range/performance

Canon S95 Features

  • 10.0 Megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance and better image quality
  • Shoot beautiful 720p HD video in stereo sound and play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • A bright f/2.0 lens, great for shooting portrait photography in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field for great images with beautiful soft backgrounds
  • A control ring for intuitive manual control, built for the way the serious photographer has always accessed exposure control
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control
  • A 3.8x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens gets you close to your subjects as well as capture more in your frame
  • Utilizes Canon's Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting

Canon S95 Specifications

Camera Type
10.0 Megapixels, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
Focal Length
6.0 (W)-22.5mm (T) f/2.0-4.9 (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm)
Digital Zoom
Optical Zoom
Focusing Range
Auto: 2.0 in./5cm - infinity (W), 12 in./30cm-infinity (T);
Normal: 2.0 in./5cm - infinity, 12 in /30cm. - infinity (T);
Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft./5 - 50cm (W) 12 in. - 1.6 ft./ 30 - 50cm (T) ;
Manual Focus: 2.0 in. - infinity/5cm - infinity (W), 1.6 ft. - infinity/50cm - infinity (T)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT color with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Maximum Aperture
f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 - 1/1600 sec
15-1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200 equivalent in P Mode
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1.6-21 ft./50cm-6.5m (W), 3.0 - 9.8 ft./90cm - 3.0cm (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Low Light, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist), Movie (Standard, Miniature Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Self Timer
Custom: Delay time (0 - 15 sec in one-second increments, and 20/25/30 sec) and number of shots (1 - 10 shots in one-shot increments) can be specified
Continuous Shooting
Normal: Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 3.9 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode);
AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode);
LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.1 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG), RAW (CR2 (Canon Original)), Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels 1
Still Image: 16:9: Large: 3648 x 2048, Medium 1: 2816 x 1584, Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
3:2: Large: 3648 x 2432, Medium 1: 2816 x 1880, Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
4:3: Large: 3648 x 2736, Medium 1: 2816 x 2112, Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480, RAW: 3648 x 2736 (Fixed to 1824 x 1368 when in Low Light)
Number of Recording Pixels 2
1:1: Large: 2736 x 2736, Medium 1: 2112 x 2112, Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480
4:5: Large: 2192 x 2736, Medium 1: 1696 x 2112, Medium 2: 960 x 1200, Small: 384 x 480
Video: Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap: 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Miniature Effect: 1280 x 720 (Shooting: 6 fps/3 fps/1.5 fps; Playback: 30 fps), 640 x 480 (Shooting: 6 fps/3 fps/1.5 fps, Playback: 30 fps)
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast
Video: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
Audio Out
Power Supply
Rechargeable Battery Pack NB-6L
Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (optional)
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.93 x 2.30 x 1.16in / 99.8 x 58.4 x 29.5mm
Approx. 6.00oz / 170g (camera body only)
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More Then Met My Expectations

I've been waiting on the s95 since it was announced. I finally received mine and I am extremely impressed. I previously owned the s90 and loved it to death, literally. The s95 corrects all the s90's flaws. It is VERY quick. Over 1.5 frames per second at full megapixels. This really makes a difference with kids, pets, and life in general. It is slimmer, sleeker, and the control ring feels more precise. Plus, the new modes like High Dynamic Range mode, which I absolutely adore, and high definit

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I've been waiting on the s95 since it was announced. I finally received mine and I am extremely impressed. I previously owned the s90 and loved it to death, literally. The s95 corrects all the s90's flaws. It is VERY quick. Over 1.5 frames per second at full megapixels. This really makes a difference with kids, pets, and life in general. It is slimmer, sleeker, and the control ring feels more precise. Plus, the new modes like High Dynamic Range mode, which I absolutely adore, and high definition video just complete the package. The picture quality is always superb - whether on Auto Mode or any of the wonderful customizable modes such as Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority. It is also worth mentioning that no camera I've come across before now does nearly as well in low light situations except, of course, the s90. This camera is definitely one of the best small point-and-shoots on the market right now. It is a fantastic, discreet camera of near professional quality. I am very, very satisfied.


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Users Guide

I am extremely irrated that my new camera did not come with a printed (hard copy) users guide. I printed the users guide out from the disc and its 195 pages long. Irratents: manually printed copy is cumbersome and had to read; can't take manually printed copy on trips etc in case need to consult the manual. You would think that at the cost of this camera it would at least come with a users guide.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Look no further


This is probably one of the best deals on a pocket point and shoot cameras out there. The lens is awesome, wide aperture lets you take shots without using flash where you never thought it was possible. Museum goers - this is great camera for you. Last year I took it to Paris and was extremely happy with natural light indoor photography. It is built like a tank and very compact - it will actually comfortably fit in a jean pocket. Had no issues with it in about 2 years of abuse. Perfect companion to my D7000.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Poor Point and Shoot Camera


I have yet to take a decent picture using the Auto function on this camera. Every image, in all different lighting conditions, is of a low quality.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome camera! Great price and shipping


Great camera! There are a lot of neat features on this camera, like the smile recognition and the wink recognition. Allows for manual operation too! I just wish the hand cord had a fastener on it so it could stay snug on my wrist. My other point and shoot Canon had that and it kept the camera secure when I was walking around with it ready to shoot. This wriste cord is just a big loop so I still have to hold the actual camera firm when walking around.


Great product


great product, bought as a gift for my gf and she loves it and she don't know how to use electronics too well but camera was easy to use for the most part.


Outstanding Camera!


I have had a Canon S90 for several years and love it. It's compact, easy to use, very flexible given the manual controls in addition to full auto, great low light capabilities, and takes very good pictures -- especially close-ups. So when my wife's point & shoot was getting tired and she loved my S90 as well, I decided (after reading various reviews) to get the updated S95. She "inherited" the S90. I've found that all the great features and capabilities of the S90 apply to the S95. I recommend it highly.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Realy good first camera


I purchased the Canon S95 for general photography and astrophotography. And i am glad i did, with a max of a 15s exposure, high ISO and super wide apeature, it makes it a perfect fit for wide field astrophotography, and night tme shooting. its picture quality is very good for a compact, and noise is fairly low as well. it is an awesome camer and my next camera will be a Canon DSLR!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I've been using the Canon ...


I've been using the Canon S95 since almost 2 years now and although the new S100 has a couple of better features, I still have a bond to my S95. I am a demanding amateur in photography and the quality and versatililty that the S95 offers for its size and price cannot be easily matched. I love its German-like, minimalist design (even nicer and simpler than the S100). I recommended the S95 to many friends and confused strangers as well.


Good camera


Just used this camera for vacation to Mexico. Very happy with picture quailty.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good choice


My last camera died, so I purchased this camera after doing little research before a big family trip and before the holidays. I have been so pleased so far with the quality of the images, how easy it was to learn the camera on the fly, and the quality of the video. Glad I spent the extra money on this device!


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