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Canon PowerShot S95

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Friday 20th, August 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Photokina 2010 - Canon introduces the latest Canon PowerShot-S digital camera with the launch of the new Canon PowerShot S95 - an advanced, compact digital camera for photographers looking for outstanding low light performance and manual control in a pocket-sized camera body. Succeeding the highly-acclaimed PowerShot S90, the new Canon camera model offers improved handling, greater levels of manual control, HD movie capabilities, the HS System and Hybrid IS - providing a powerful feature set capable of superb image quality in all shooting conditions. Building on the S-series’ core principle of offering advanced manual control and low light performance in a compact body, the new Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera takes the range to new heights.

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera
The popular lens Control Ring, introduced with the PowerShot S90, has been improved with greater levels of flexibility, while a bright, f/2.0 lens and Canon’s HS System provide an even more powerful basis for low light and creative photography. The Canon PowerShot S95 is also the first-ever Canon compact to feature Hybrid IS technology, providing improved image stabilization for macro photography. Improving on both the size and handling of its predecessor, the Canon PowerShot S95 features an even slimmer body at just 29.5 mm thick, an improved multi-control dial and the same external coating used on the Canon EOS 7D to improve slip-resistance and grip. Also designed to fit seamlessly into a photographer’s existing workflow, the camera offers RAW format shooting and support for Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95 features
The Canon PowerShot S95 includes Canon’s HS System - a combination of a high-sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel CCD sensor and powerful DIGIC 4 processing, which provides exceptional low light performance; even better than that of its predecessor. The HS System enables the camera to support a maximum ISO of 3200 at full resolution and works to reduce the occurrence of noise at all ISO speeds for high quality images. Users can also set their own parameters in Auto ISO mode, with the ability to limit the maximum ISO speed they want to employ during shooting. Using Low Light mode, the Canon PowerShot S95 camera can also achieve an extended ISO range from ISO 320 to ISO 12800, capturing images at 2.5MP resolution. Manual control of ISO settings and white balance in Low Light mode also provide greater control over shots taken in darker conditions, allowing users to accurately capture the ambience of a dimly-lit environment exactly as they see it. Low Light mode also enables higher speed shooting, capturing up to 3.9 shots per second so a moment is never missed.

Canon PowerShot S95 specifications
• HS System & f/2 lens
• High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD
• 28mm wide, 3.8x zoom lens, Hybrid IS
• Lens Control Ring, Full Manual & RAW
• 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
• HD movies, HDMI
• High Dynamic Range mode
• Smart Auto
• Multi-Aspect Shooting
• Optional Waterproof Case

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95 camera settings
As well as providing the ability to shoot without the flash and still achieve correctly-exposed shots, the Canon PowerShot S95’s high-sensitivity sensor offers a greater dynamic range compared to conventional sensor types. Tonal range representation is improved as a result, allowing natural looking pictures to be captured in all conditions. A bright, f/2.0 genuine Canon lens perfectly complements the HS System, allowing more light into the camera and providing greater ability to use faster shutter speeds and freeze the motion of moving subjects. The Canon PowerShot S95’s 28mm wide-angle lens features 3.8x optical zoom, allowing users to get closer to distant subjects during shooting. The camera benefits from Canon’s extensive heritage in lens design, having been developed using the same processes and high-quality standards employed to manufacture Canon’s EF lenses, ensuring sharp, high resolution images with every shot. Canon’s acclaimed optical Image Stabilizer (IS) counteracts camera shake - reducing blur and enabling users to capture shots in darker conditions and shoot at a shutter speed approximately 4-stops slower than would otherwise be necessary to achieve a blur-free shot. Hybrid IS also prevents image blur during close-up shooting, counteracting angular and shift shake that becomes more pronounced during macro photography.

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95 video in HD
The Canon PowerShot S95 features 720p HD 24fps movie recording with stereo sound. The inclusion of Miniature Effect in movies also adds a completely new dimension to video footage - shooting at a slower frame rate for dramatic and compelling time-lapse-style videos which appear of model scale. An integrated HDMI port with CEC compatibility makes it simple for video and stills to be viewed and controlled directly using a compatible HDTV and remote control. A High Dynamic Range shooting mode allows the capture of high contrast scenes closer to how they appear to the human eye. Exceeding the limitations of conventional cameras, the Canon PowerShot S95 takes three different exposures of the same scene before analysing and combining shots to create a single image in-camera. The result is an image that captures highlight and shadow detail closer to how the photographer sees it. The new Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera is available from August 2010, priced at €479.00

Canon PowerShot S95

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