Canon S95: the Professional Point and Shoot

Photo Courtesy of Canon

This week Canon announced the PowerShot S95, an update to their popular advanced point and shoot the PowerShot S90. After reviewing some of the added features I think I am sold. I had a quick hands on with the last version which I wrote about here. I really like the form factor of the S90 so I am glad that that has remained unchanged. Here’s a quick list of the new features.

  • 720p HD at 24fps Video Recording with Stereo Sound
  • 3.0inch PureColor II G LCD Display, 461k-dot
  • HDR shooting mode (really? embrace the light, don’t fight it)
  • Slimmer Body, 29.5 mm thick
  • The Same External Coating (paint/texture) Used on the Canon EOS 7D
  • 1st Canon point and shoot to use the Hybrid IS
  • Revised Control Dial with Better Click-stops for Settings
  • XDHC Card Compatibility

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Agence France Presse: wire service video with HD DSLRs

I just stumbled upon this. Its a really nice piece about Hong Kong women and their tattoos. It was shot entirely with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II by AFP photographer Ed Jones. I thought that AFP was a Nikon only wire service? I also know that AFP has its own video service. So this now poses the question: has the technology made the jobs of the video shooters obsolete? or has it effectively doubled the workload of the still shooters? I love the style and quality of the video shot with these cameras but now worry about the jobs of my fellow still shooters. Do media companies really think that they will be able to “crowd source” this quality of content? I guess its adapt or go extinct. Anyway enjoy the video. Watch it in HD here.