Canon PowerShot A95 Review
Announced in August 2004, the PowerShot A95 replaces the hugely popular A80 at the top of Canon's entry-level range. Although it shares many features with the A80, the new model sports several significant improvements (including some also found on the A85), and in fact offers a feature set that compares well with considerably more expensive models, such as last year's PowerShot G5. The main changes are the sensor resolution (5MP) and a larger (1.8 inch) and considerably higher resolution (118,000 pixel) swing out LCD screen. Other improvements include an enhanced movie mode and a wider assortment of subject-based shooting modes. Let's have a quick look at the main selling points:
- 5.0 million effective pixels
- 3x (38-114mm equiv.) F2.8-4.9 zoom lens
- 1.8 inch 'vari angle' (swing and tilt) LCD
- DIGIC processor
- 9 point AiAF plus flexizone focus
- 14 exposure modes
- Print/Share button & direct print
- Autofocus illuminator
- Part metal body
Canon PowerShot A95 vs A80 (differences)
Canon PowerShot A95
Canon PowerShot A80
|Effective Resolution||5.0 million pixels||3.9 million pixels|
|Maximum Image Size|| 2592 x 1944
||2272 x 1704|
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Kids and Pets
• Night Scene
• Fast Shutter
• Slow Shutter
• Stitch Assist
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps, max 8 - 27 images (dependent on quality setting)||2.2fps, max 14 images|
|Maximum Movie Size/Frame Rate||• 640 x 480 @ 10fps
• Max 30 secs
|• 320 x 240 @ 15fps
• Max 3 mins
|Focus||• 9 point AiAF
• FlexiZone AF/AE
|• 9 point AiAF|
|LCD screen||• 1.8-inch TFT (flip out and twist)
• 118,000 pixels
|• 1.5-inch TFT (flip out and twist)
• 67,000 pixels
|Other new features||• Direct Print/Share button|
Canon PowerShot A95 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $368
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" CCD, 5.3 million total pixels
5.0 million effective pixels
2,592 x 1944
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 pixels @ 10fps (max clip 30 secs)
320 x 240 pixels @ 15fps (max clip 3 mins)
160 x 120 pixels @ 15fps (max clip 3 mins)
Motion JPEG (.avi)
38 - 114mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
9 point AiAF (auto or manual focus point select)
5cm macro mode (Wide), 25cm (Tele)
|White Balance|| Auto
Custom WB (manual)
|Image parameters|| Picture Adjust (Vivid, Neutral)
Sharpness (2 levels)
Color effects (Sepia, Black and White)
|Continuous|| 2 fps (High)
1.5 fps (standard)
|Flash|| Built-in flash
Auto, Manual on/off, Red-eye reduction: on/off
Range (normal, ISO auto): W: 0.45m - 4.4m (1.5 - 14 ft)
T:0.45m - 2.5m (1.5 - 8.2 ft).
Range (macro, ISO auto): 25 - 45cm (9.8 in - 1.5 ft)
|Storage|| CompactFlash Type I
32MB CF supplied*
|Viewfinder|| Real Image Optical|
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT, 118,000 pixels|
|Connectivity|| USB 1.1
|Power|| 4 x AA batteries
NiMH recommended (alkaline supplied)
(Optional AC adapter)
|In the box*||
Canon PowerShot A95
Spot (center or AF point), Center-weighted & Evaluative metering
|Weight (inc batt)||335 g (11.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||101.1 x 64.6 x 34.7mm (4.0 x 2.5 x 1.4in) Excluding protrusions|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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