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This review is from: Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10 Megapixel, 3.8x Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD Screen) (Electronics)I held off buying a new camera for a long time, partly because my 5 year old ixus 50 was still clinging on, and partly because I didn't know what to go for next.
I had three boxes to tick: small, much better in darker/indoor conditions than my ixus, and preferably a Canon. I'm not generally one for sticking to a particular brand, but having tried out my friends' cameras I always found the menus a bit clunky, and thought I'd better stick to what I know.
The S90 seemed to be reasonably priced, and ticked all the boxes; I initially held off, thinking the price would come down when the S95 was released, and didn't even consider the s95 as I wasn't really fussed about HD recording.
When the price finally dropped under £300 last weekend, though, I had a look at some comparisons between the two cameras - the S95 is marginally smaller, and seemed to be producing clearer, sharper shots almost every time. Since it now cost less than £20 more than the S90, I thought I might as well take the upgrade!
My camera arrived today, with its battery fully charged. I've spent a few hours playing with it, and I'm pretty impressed. I'm not a pro, in fact I've never laid my hands on a DSLR (realistically I know I could never be bothered lugging the thing about), but this camera is probably as good as I'll ever need.
Its performance indoors (without flash) is pretty amazing, and it feels well built, too. There's a familiar range of old ixus features: underwater, my colours, colour accent and swap, and some new ones like miniaturising and posterizing. They're all easy to use, and although gimmicky, work better than you'd expect. Smile, face, blink and wink detection all seem to work pretty well too, although my boyfriend's patience limits the amount of testing I can do!
Although HD wasn't my motivation for buying this, it really is impressive. The picture is steady and clear, even in darker conditions. I don't have much means for comparison, but watching the video playback on my laptop was comparable to watching the higher resolution shows on the iPlayer.
Cons? Well, I can understand the concerns about the flash - I do tend to hold my hand over it, and always get a bit of a fright when it pops up. I doubt it'll be a problem once I've had a bit of practice though, and although I'll be a bit worried about dropping it when using it outside, it definitely wouldn't put me off buying. Also (not a criticism of the camera itself), if anyone's considering buying the matching Canon case for this, I wouldn't recommend it - I think it bulks the camera out more than necessary, and I'll be keeping an eye out for an alternative.
All in all, I'd recommend this camera to anyone who wants a small compact with lots of features and manual options - everything I was looking for, and then some.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2010 14:28:01 GMT
Lowepro dublin 20 is recomended for the Canon s95.
Posted on 15 Mar 2011 18:55:35 GMT
robert amazon says:
thanks for the review. may i know how were the portrait shots? can this camera produce soft backgrounds?
Posted on 4 Jul 2011 23:40:14 BDT
In case anyone's interested, I went for this case in the end:
It's a softer case than the canon one, but padded enough to feel secure. It doesn't bulk out the phone too much and has just enough room for an extra battery and memory card.
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