Canon PowerShot S95 review

Is the S95 yet another Canon compact for serious photographers?

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Canon powershot s95

For £100 more you could pick up the Canon Powershot G12, released at around the same time. For your extra money you'd get a larger zoom range (5x with the Canon G12 vs 3.8x with the Canon S95's 28-105mm equivalent), an optical viewfinder, a vari-angle LCD screen and better battery life.

In our Canon G12 review, but to compare the specs on paper, it would seem as if the smart money would be on the Canon G12. £100 for all those extra features does seem like quite a good deal, but bear in mind this effectively takes you from a discreet pocket-friendly camera to a bulkier and heavier design perhaps slightly more suited to compact upgraders than as a handy DSLR backup.

It's also worth considering that the Canon S95 uses exactly the same sensor and ISO range as the Canon G12 while also offering a larger aperture on its lens (f/2.0 compared with f/2.8).

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPowerShot S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)170 g
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.4 mm
Width99.8 mm
Depth29.5 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length6 mm to 22.50 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelS95
Product NamePowerShot S95 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4343B010
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With HS System and f/2 lens, the 10.0 MP PowerShot S95 excels in low light. HD Movies, RAW and unique lens Control Ring for manual control make it the pocket camera for the serious photographer.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot S95 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L
  • Battery Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year