Low-light performer with RAW support
The Canon Powershot S95 is an advanced compact point-and-shoot digital camera, promising to offer great low-light shooting and a host of manual controls. The key differentiators for the Canon S95 lay in the 10MP CCD image sensor and the lens that it incorporates. With a sensor size of 1/1.7 inch vs. the standard sensor size of ½.5 inch found in most other compact digital cameras, the Powershot S95 has clear edge in terms of image quality. Coupled with the larger sensor is a bright F2.0, 28-105 mm lens. Here again, with the lens aperture being F2.0 at 28 mm, the S95 promises faster performance in low-light situations.
The S95 is fairly loaded with features such as wide angle lens (28 mm), HD video recording at 24 fps, hybrid image stabilization, RAW shooting mode, a 3.0-inch LCD, HDMI connectivity and a control ring to toggle settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. It does miss out on some of the latest features like geo-tagging and wireless controls. Usability and design is one of its strengths, with a metal body and robust, high-quality construction, the S95 feels very secure and solid. The interface and controls are well implemented, ensuring flexibility and intuitive operation across all shooting modes. In our performance tests, the Canon S95 did a commendable job with crisp images along with accurate colour saturation in most test scenes. The biggest advantage was seen in low-light shooting, ISO 400 shots had minimal noise and we were even able to capture fairly good images at ISO800 with very little noise.
So, is the Canon S95 a good buy? Yes, especially if you are looking for a compact point-and-shoot that will not falter in low-light and offer full manual mode with RAW support. What comes in the way of what is otherwise an excellent product is its price tag- the Cannon S95 is over-priced.
Sensor: 10.4 megapixels
ISO range: 80 – 3200
Screen: 3.0 inch, 461000 pixels
Optical Zoom: 3.8x
Video recording: HD 1280×720@24fps
Canon India Private Limited
Price: Rs 26,995