Canon PowerShot S95 review

Is the S95 yet another Canon compact for serious photographers?

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  • Small
  • Good quality images
  • Good build quality


  • Lack of selectable autofocus points
  • No ISO button
  • No movie button

The Canon Powershot S95 was released a little over a year after its predecessor, the Canon S90, was announced.

Building on a legacy of quality premium compact cameras, and with more and more entering the market, Canon have a lot to compete with nowadays, so does the Canon S95 still hold muster?

Update: See our video review below

Improvements on the Canon S95 include the addition of the HS system, a combination of a high-sensitivity 10.0 megapixel CCD sensor and DIGIC 4 processor, promising optimised low-light shooting. Manual control has also been upgraded, while HD movie recording has been added.

For the first time in a compact, Canon's Hybrid IS technology which provides image stabilisation has also been incorporated. It's brought over the ability to shoot in RAW, the useful ring-control system and the same 6-22.5mm (35mm equivalent: 28-105mm) f/2.0 lens. In short, you're getting a fair old bang for your buck.

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