Canon S95: the Professional Point and Shoot

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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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Canon Powershot S90 hands on mini review


UPDATED (see photos below) Today my local camera store received a shipment of the new Canon Powershot S90 advanced point-and-shoots. Naturally I had to check it out for myself. Canon has once again released a drool worthy pocket camera with a ton of pro features packed in. I am mainly going to talk about the feel and the practical functionality of the camera. If you want image samples search the web. I will inevitably post a few but for right now this will be pretty short. But in case you are living under a bridge in Evergreen here are the main features:

  • 28-105mm F2.0-4.9 stabilized lens
  • control ring around the lens (more on this later)
  • 3 inch LCD with 461k resolution
  • metal body outer construction
  • Digic 4 processor for noise reduction
  • extensive manual controls and RAW
  • SD card slot, etc., etc.
  • DUDE, f2.0 at 28mm!!!!

The camera has an old skool, boxy feel to it. The outside case is almost entirely black and metal with a few well placed logos/symbols. The flash resides under a small door on the top, left side. The flash is raised and lowered by navigating through menus or automatically in program mode. The flash seems to be pushed into place by a small motor so it will have to be seen whether or not it will survive a ton of actuations. I probably won’t even use it.

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