General

compared to recent compacts
"The Canon PowerShot S95 is an easy pick for our Highly Recommended award."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Canon
Lowest price
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$315.00
Announced
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August 2010
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Sensor

"The Canon PowerShot S95 produces images of excellent quality."
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Type
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CCD
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Sensor size
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1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
Megapixels
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10 MP
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Light sensitivity
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3,200 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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12,800 ISO

Sensor (Advanced)

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True resolution
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10 MP
Native resolution
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3648 × 2736
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Pixel size
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4.3 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3"
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Resolution
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461k dots
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Touch screen
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No
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Flips out
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No
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Lens

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Zoom
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3.8x
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Wide angle
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28 mm
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Telephoto
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105 mm
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Aperture (wide angle)
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f/2
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Aperture (telephoto)
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f/4.9
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Macro focus
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5.0 cm

Form factor

"Familiar, in that they ape those found on the G11 to a fair extent, including the love it or loathe it scroll wheel surrounding the thumb operated four-way control pad."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
Size
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100×58×30 mm
Depth
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1.2"
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Weight
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193 g
Interchangeable lenses
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No
Waterproof
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No

Viewfinder

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Type
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None
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Movies

"Something that was glaringly missing from the S90 - HD video capture - has been rectified on the S95, with 720p movies at 1280x720 pixels resolution available at 24fps complete with stereo sound."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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720p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
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Yes
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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No
Autofocus
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Contrast detection
Continuous focus
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Unknown
All formats
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  1. 320 x 240 @ 30fps
  2. 480p @ 30fps
  3. 720p @ 24fps

Features

compared to recent compacts
"The innovative lens Control Ring, which enables users to adjust the settings of various functions by twisting the selector at the base of the lens barrel to the left or right, now offers more flexibility, while the image stabilisation system incorporates Hybrid IS technology for sharper macro shots."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
Panorama
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No
HDR
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Yes
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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  1. Lens
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Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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2200 ms
Shutter lag
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610 ms
Battery life
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200 shots
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Continuous shooting
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1.9 fps
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Focus system

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Autofocus
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Contrast detection
Focus points
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Unknown
Cross type focus points
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Unknown

Shutter

Max
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1/1600s
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Min
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15s

Flash

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Built-in flash
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Yes
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Popup
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Yes
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External connection
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No

Storage

Storage slots
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Unknown
Supported formats
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Unknown

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent compacts
"Image quality is still excellent, with a usable ISO range of 80-800 and fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, albeit only at the wide-angle lens setting, making the S95 very well-suited to low-light, hand-held photography."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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47.0
Color depth
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20.4 bits
Dynamic range
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11.3 EV
Low light performance
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153 ISO