With Canon's HS system, 10 megapixel sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor, the PowerShot S95 digital camera promises astounding photo quality, HD video recording and more. Kevin Pereira and Carrie Keagan review this $400 camera for its array of features.
What You Need To Know
This is one of the sleekest digital compact cameras we've seen.
It feels really light in your hand and is barely over an inch thick.
It easily slides in your pocket since the only thing that protrudes is the lens.
It's easy to use as any other digital camera.
If you're familiar with Canon cameras, you'll be able to use this one with no problem.
All the buttons are self explanatory and the rotational pad is nice.
One thing they added is the control ring, which you can assign different functions to, like focus, exposure, zoom, white balance, etc.
It's useful but might be a bit small to get your fingers around.
This also features new image stabilization technology, HD video recording and a bunch of cool photo effects.
All these features work pretty well for the most part.
The hybrid image stabilization uses both an accelerometer and angular sensor to eliminate blur.
HD video is a nice addition, especially because it looks really good.
In low light, it doesn't have much grain and in normal light, the photos look incredibly sharp.
Photo effects like fish-eye, miniature, and old-timey are fun to use.
We know this kind of stuff is easily done in Photoshop, but it's nice to see how it looks on the camera.
You can almost always rely on Canon to have great photo quality, and this one is pretty good.
Normal light photos look fantastic and these are some of the most vibrant colors we've seen from a compact camera.
Normal problems like soft focus and blur is very rare.
Low light photos are only okay; with the flash, colors can look almost too saturated and pictures have some digital noise.
The quality may improve slightly if you use the dedicated light more.