on 26 September 2012
With no paper user guide with this camera, apart from the brief starter guide, it was essential to find a book to guide me through the many features of this great little camera.
This book does the job admirably. I simply could not do without it. The author manages to explain all the functions in simple terms without being condescending.
Nothing is left uncovered and the book is much easier to follow than the disk guide which comes with the camera and you can pick it up anytime without going to the computer.
on 5 January 2013
Having spent most of my working life as a technical author, you'll maybe forgive me if I'm a bit difficult to please on the subject of instruction books. Except for one or two minor omissions (why no screen protectors review?), Alexander White's text is comprehensively accurate, informative and blessedly understandable with his use of plain English. He obviously understands the camera very well indeed, and his enthusiasm for it is apparent but thankfully not effusive. Although correctly described as a paperback, this book is a quality bound product, printed on high grade paper, and well worth its cover price. The only criticisms I have concern the illustrations, which in some cases are a bit on the dark side, lacking contrast. Another fault with the illustrations -- a fact indicating the author is untrained in this particular aspect of technical publications -- is that he overlays his annotations on top of the item featured in the illustration, thus occasionally (but not importantly) obliterating some of the subject, which requires certain letters to be outlined in different shades to pick them out from the background. Black text on white surrounding background clear of the subject is usual, and much more effective. (On the other hand, his use of a sans typeface is wholly correct for a technical text, obliging greater concentration from the reader). Having griped about that I compliment the author on a job well done, and recommend this book very highly with the suggestion that if you own the Canon Powershot S95 (like me), you owe it to yourself to buy the Photographer's Guide, which for me has greatly enhanced the pleasure of this fine camera.
on 11 March 2013
Cameras used to come with printed manuals that could be carried in your camera bag. Not anymore; the S95 comes with a PDF file that prints out at a whopping 196 pages. And, whilst it may tell you what each and every button and menu choice does, it does not explain when and why you would wish to use each feature. Enter Alexander White's informative and highly readable guide, written from the camera user's perspective rather than the designer's. It is indeed refreshing to have everything explained in simple conversational style with real world examples where needed to aid understanding. It is very well written and nicely produced in an A5 laminated soft cover format. It doesn't contain everything that you will find in the Canon PDF (for example the 'roadmap' of the screen display and the troubleshooting section), so you will wish to retain the latter for last resort situations. But for everything else, it is all you will need and more. Recommended.