The 10 million-pixel Canon Powershot S95 replaces the S90, which was released in 2009. In complete contrast to the larger boxy G-series, the Powershot S95 retains the S90's svelte, truly pocketable body design that has a lot more in common with the Ixus/Elph cameras. Inside its compact bodyshell, Canon has managed to squeeze a 28-105mm (equivalent) zoom lens, and a bright, high-resolution LCD screen. The S95 features an impressive ISO span for its class, from ISO 80-3200 at full resolution, with both RAW and JPEG recording options.
|Max resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Effective pixels||10.0 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–105 mm|
|Min shutter speed||15 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/1600 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||195 g (0.43 lb / 6.88 oz)|
|Dimensions||100 x 58 x 30 mm (3.94 x 2.28 x 1.18″)|
The S95 is a subtle upgrade to its predecessor, but the improvements are worthwhile - refined ergonomics, a higher-resolution video mode and added customizability all make the S95 more appealing than the S90. Image quality is very high, and the small bodyshell makes the S95 the most genuinely 'compact' camera in this sector of the market.
Good for: Taking everywhere - the snapshot-friendly body is small enough to fit inside a shirt pocket, but with no penalty in image quality.
Not so good for: Shooting video, where the lack of AF and optical zoom control are very limiting, and use outdoors in cold weather, when the tiny buttons become hard to manipulate.