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5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera and upgrade to superb S90, September 5, 2010
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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)
I own both the S90 and S95 (G10 and G11 also, as well as F-1 and numerous Nikons including the D90).
Hands down, I took more photos on a daily basis with the S90 since I took it EVERYWHERE.
As they say, the absolute best camera is the one you have when you need to take a photograph.
The picture quality of the S90 is superb and the S95 is at least as good.
Often the biggest limiter to picture quality is the skill of the photographer.
Time spent mastering a particular camera is well spent and paper specs often can mislead.
Discussing subtle nuances over comparable cameras is often more academic than practical.
The S95 gives the serious photographer tremendous flexibility from full auto to full manual and superb features that are packaged in a truly pocketable high performing camera that is arguably best in class.

So what has improved:

Body finish...more tactile and grippy
Selection wheel on back has click stops....hurray!
On/off button is where it should be.
720p movie mode added (24 fps vs 30 for lx5) with stereo recording.
More scenes including High Dynamic Range (very cool)
Numerous technical innovations that result in more stable, sharper pictures.
Button feel on back is more positive.
Ring on front has more friction and feels more positive.
Body even smaller and more pocketable.
Menu system updated but if you can drive a S90, G10 or G11 you will be off and running.
Improved hand lanyard placement.
Improved shutter release.
Slightly rounded corners...looks feels better.

What stayed the same:

Battery door and card slot.
Same cables and connectors.
Lack of grip....no denying it would add weight but...
Build quality...as good as it will get.

What got worse:
This part is highly subjective because different people see the same change differently (I see the size reduction as good, while others have said it's bad....so be wary and know if you agree with peoples reasons).
Thumb rest no longer there...I missed it.

So there you have my first impressions and if I had to choose between the S90 and S95, the S95 is the clear winner!
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2010 9:22:06 PM PDT
K. Shin says:
Since your review is the third most popular one, I'm hoping this question will get addressed. Does the S95 have auto audio recording level during video mode? I've had S200, S230, SD400, and now SD1100. The first 3 camera's did not adjust audio level so if I was in a loud setting (e.g., live concerts, clubs, etc), the audio would clip and would distort and makes the video really unappealing to watch. Then to my surprised, SD1100 addressed this! It automatically attenuates the sound level so no more distortion! Recently, I had a chance to use my friends's S90 at a rock concert and I was so impressed with the photos, I was very set on getting S95. Then to my dismay, all the video's audio were heavily distorted... did Canon leave out the auto audio recording level adjust or did I miss a setting or something? I know what some will say - "If you want videos, get a video recorder..." Well, seeing how my 2 year old (and a ton cheaper) SD1100 has this feature, I'm just perplexed that Canon would leave it out. Would anyone confirm this for S95 please? I thought I finally found an *almost* perfect camera (want zoom and auto focus during video) but this might be a deal breaker for me... :(

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2010 7:21:29 PM PDT
Sorry but I couldn't find it

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 9:27:08 AM PDT
D. James says:
Hi, I have a G7 and was wondering, since you have G-series cameras, do you think the s95 would be an improvement? Low light and indoor kids shots without the flash are where I have been struggling to get great pics on the g7. I have an external flash that helps, but I want to get shots without the flash. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2012 10:25:58 AM PDT
Unfortunately I have no experience with the G-7...just the G-10/11 &12. I'm happy with the low light capability of the S-95 but fast moving subjects in poor light are tricky for most of these kind of cameras. The S95 is very similar to the G series cameras I do have. So while I think the S95 is a GREAT camera, you would have to use the low light mode which is good but suffers from some noise.
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