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4.0 out of 5 stars Not everything we wanted but close., August 31, 2010
This review is from: Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Camera)
Here are some preliminary impressions of this successor to the S90. I'm sure we'll all have additional comments once we've had some more time playing with it.

* The body is slightly slimmer. However, the body finish is much grippier than the S90. A much welcomed improvement.
* The front ring feels similar to the S90. Not much changed there.
* As we all already know, the swapped Ring Function and On/off button placement is a long asked for change.
* The thumb placement removal from the back makes the entire back look much more pleasing but I'm not sure it will please everyone as some people actually like the extra thumb rest. Personally I like this new look and with the grippy surface, it doesn't detract from handling.
* The shutter button is a bit redesigned and feels better when using without looking.
* The buttons on the back feels tighter with more precise finish.
* The rear dial, which received the most complaints from users of the S90, has received a welcome improvement as it will no longer move from just you breathing on it. It's tight.
* The flash movement seems better than the S90. Less hazardous. More rounded edges help reduce the pinch.
* There are now stereo mics in the front below the lens.
* Too bad the camera will not focus nor will it optically zoom when filming like the Panasonic LX5.
* The 720P is only 24fps which is another disappointment as panning as well as fast moving subjects will be jerky.
* There are also a whole host of additional functions such as HDR, Hybrid IS for close up as well as distance IS, focus tracking, tilt lens, face timer/smile shot/smile shot, simulated fisheye etc. Not sure if I'll use all of these.
* Finally and the most important point, the images don't look all that better than the S90 so if you don't mind the handling problems or slight video enhancements you may want to save a few bucks and just get the S90.

Perhaps the S100 will be a better time to upgrade from the S90 for those who already own one.
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Initial post: Aug 31, 2010 11:36:12 AM PDT
Kami says:
Is image quality at least as good as S90? I have checked some images on the net and it looks like they are softer at edges with S95.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 12:02:24 PM PDT
Thanks, this was helpful. I'm trying to decide between the S90 and the S95, it was nice to have them compared.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 1:05:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2010 1:06:36 PM PDT
J. Robertson says:
** The S100 was introduced by Canon back in 1999. Definitely not an upgrade.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 2:35:34 PM PDT
Wayfarer says:
Thanks, I've been trying to decide between s90 and s95, and this was helpful.

Any comments on how well the HDR and and Hybrid IS work (regardless of their utility)?

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 8:36:53 AM PDT
How is this compared to PowerShot SD4500 IS going to be released soon? Any ideas? I am torn between S95 and SD4500IS.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 5:40:32 AM PDT
B. Herder says:
So it doesn't zoom or focus in movie mode? Wow - I was almost going to buy this.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 9:41:35 AM PDT
Blue Pen says:
It *has* to focus in movie mode ... what Canon doesn't do this? Can anyone confirm or refute?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2010 5:53:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2010 5:58:46 PM PDT
JCC says:
The image quality is so close that I can't really tell that it's better than the S90. I hope that in future firmware updates that we will see more improvements but it's not a sure thing.

J Robertson
LOL. Thanks for the 411, but you get the gist of what I was trying to say, no?

The HDR and Hybrid IS works well although the Hybrid IS is more useful in my opinion as macros are now stabilized so you can take closeups in low light conditions. The HDR seems to be a hit or miss. Sometimes the photos seems to be better than the normal, other times, it's worse.

Cool Malayalee
Sorry, I don't know anything about the SD4500.

Blue Pen
Sorry, but it doesn't have to auto focus. You have to prefocus. You can also digitally zoom but not optically. Digital is inferior as most people know, it only blows up the existing image and decreases the image quality. Because these are small sensors, they have the characteristics of having a deep depth of field so your shots appear to be in focus but the lens is not moving, it's locked in during pre-focus.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 7:03:52 PM PDT
JCC says:
I must have ESP, they just introduced the S100, again!
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