The Canon Powershot S95 adds 720p HD movie recording, offers improved
handling, greater levels of manual control, features the Canon
HS System and is the first Powershot model to include Hybrid IS
headline features of the Canon Powershot S95 include, manual exposure
control options, a 3.0-inch 461,000 dot LCD monitor, multi-aspect
ratio shooting options and the ability to capture images in the
camera's native RAW file format.
Powershot S95: Major Features
Canon f/2.0, 28mm, 3.8x wide-angle lens: Developed
using the same processes and high-quality standards employed to
manufacture Canons range of EF lenses, the PowerShot S95
benefits greatly from
Canons heritage in lens design, capturing sharp, high resolution
images with every shot.
wide f/2.0 maximum aperture allows twice as much light to reach
the sensor as an f/2.8 lens, which is already considered to be
a bright lens. A wider aperture makes it possible to achieve faster
shutter speeds and helps prevent blurred images that can occur
in low light conditions. It also allows for a shallower depth
of field to be obtained at closer focusing distances for a more
Lens Control Ring:
The PowerShot S95 features a highly intuitive lens Control Ring
situated at the base of the lens barrel. This provides an easy
and convenient way to manually adjust a range of camera settings
as it can be freely turned left or right to adjust settings such
as ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, manual focus and
Allowing higher levels of customisation, the PowerShot S95 allows
the user to pre-set the operation of the lens Control Ring and
rear Multi-Control Dial in the various shooting modes. For example,
in Av mode the lens Control Ring controls the aperture by default,
but this can be changed to control the ISO, white balance or exposure
compensation, and users can then use the Multi-Control Dial to
adjust the aperture.
for each shooting mode can be saved to a custom mode that tailors
the usage of the Control Ring and dial to the photographers
The lens Control Ring can also be used to great effect in creative
shooting modes. For example, in Nostalgic mode the lens Control
Ring can be used to age a photograph, progressively
de-saturating the image in steps and adding film-like noise to
create an older photo look, in real time.
The PowerShot S95 features the HS System, which represents a powerful
combination of a high-sensitivity sensor and high-performance
DIGIC 4 processor, and is designed to provide excellent image
quality and advanced low light performance which surpasses that
of its predecessor, the highly-acclaimed PowerShot S90.
The HS System allows shooting at high ISO speeds with high image
quality. Employing a higher ISO level enables photographers to
utilise faster shutter speeds, capturing moving subjects with
a reduced risk of blur. An extended ISO range means that users
can shoot without engaging the flash, capturing correctly-exposed
images using just the available light.
the flash is used, its range is increased as a result of the extended
ISO range thats made possible with the HS System. PowerShot
S95 owners will also benefit from a greater dynamic range, with
the high-sensitivity sensor providing better tonal range representation
when compared to conventional-type sensors.
The ISO range can be further extended to ISO 12800 by using Low
Light mode, which further reduces the risk of subject blur in
even darker conditions. Shooting at 2.5 Megapixel resolution,
the camera selects an ISO speed between ISO 320 and ISO 12800,
allowing photographers to capture a scene as they see it. Users
can also manually adjust the ISO speed and fine-tune white balance
to suit the conditions. Low Light mode also can support a faster
continuous shooting rate of 3.9 shots per second.
A new Auto ISO level adjustment feature allows users to pre-configure
the maximum ISO setting they wish to use during shooting, allowing
photographers to suit their individual preference. They can also
specify how quickly the camera will raise the ISO sensitivity
to guard against blur that occurs due to subject motion or camera
Image Stabilizer (4-stop) with Hybrid IS: Canons
highly-effective optical Image Stabilizer (IS) prevents image
blur by dramatically reducing the effects of camera shake. In
situations where image blur due to camera shake is more likely
such as in darker conditions or when shooting with the
zoom extended the optical Image Stabilizer can help images
remain sharp through minute vibration gyros which detect camera
movement caused by hand shake.
signals are processed by a single-chip IS controller, which discriminates
between hand shake and intentional camera movements. Signals are
then sent to the IS unit, which moves one of the lens elements
accordingly to re-align the light rays and cancel out the effects
of camera shake effectively giving photographers a 4-stop
For the first time in any Canon digital compact, Hybrid IS technology
is included in the PowerShot S95. A technology first introduced
in the highly acclaimed EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, Hybrid
IS corrects both angular (rotational movement) and shift shake
(linear shake) that becomes more pronounced when shooting at close
angular velocity sensor detects the extent of angular camera shake,
while an acceleration sensor detects the amount of shift shake.
Hybrid IS moves the lens elements to compensate for both types
of movement dramatically enhancing the effectiveness of
the optical Image Stabilizer during macro shooting.
movies with stereo sound and HDMI: The PowerShot S95
is the first PowerShot S-series model to shoot HD movies in 1280x720p
resolution at 24fps, allowing the capture of video content in
high definition with stereo sound. Users can also view their images
directly on HDTVs via the mini HDMI connection port via an optional
HDMI cable, with no loss of quality when playing back stills or
The PowerShot S95 is also compatible with HDMI Consumer Electronics
Control (HDMI- CEC), a technology that allows PowerShot S95 owners
to connect the camera to compatible HDTVs and browse images and
movies using the TV remote providing ultimate simplicity
when sharing images and movies.
AF: To track subjects that are in motion, or to help
achieve a creative composition, a new Tracking AF mode has been
added to the PowerShot S95. This new mode gives photographers
the ability to select objects from the centre of the frame and
track them if they move, or if the frame is recomposed.
PureColor II G LCD screen:
The 3.0-inch PureColor II G LCD provides excellent visibility
to aid the capture and playback of images and video. The screen
is constructed with a tempered glass outer layer, making it stronger,
with improved contrast and wide colour reproduction.
screen also offers a wide viewing angle with 461k dot resolution
making it easier to shoot from awkward angles and share
images with others. An RGB histogram is also available in playback,
allowing photographers to instantly check the exposure of a shot
Dynamic Range mode: A High Dynamic Range shooting mode
allows the user to capture an increased dynamic range to include
detail from both highlight and shadow areas of the scene. In higher
contrast situations, conventional cameras arent able to
capture both dark shadows and bright highlights at the same time.
Dynamic Range mode captures these by taking multiple exposures
of the same scene using a tripod, before combining them back into
one image in the camera. This allows the PowerShot S95 to capture
the highlights, shadows, and everything in between, closer to
how the photographer sees it.
including Shadow and Dynamic Range Correction: Allowing
users to fine-tune the corrections made to the light and dark
regions of their shots, shadow and dynamic range correction thresholds
included in i-Contrast can be set individually to suit the shooting
For Dynamic Range Correction, photographers can choose from 3
settings: DR CorrectionAuto, DR Correction 200%
and DR Correction 400%.
With the DR Correction 200% and DR Correction
400% settings, the corrections made to the light and dark
areas of the image allow the suppression of highlight blowout
and shadow detail loss in the resulting image, effectively increasing
the range of the image by 2x or 4x when compared to the uncorrected
image. The available ISO speed settings are ISO 160 1600
and ISO 320 1600, respectively.
Users can choose Shadow Correct Off or Shadow
Correct Auto settings for Shadow Correction which will brighten
darker areas of the image to reveal hidden detail in shadows.
and DPP: The PowerShot S95 supports RAW shooting
allowing the capture of uncompressed image information that photographers
can then adjust and use to manually create their final image using
Canons supplied Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.
Sharing the same editing environment with the Canon EOS System
and tailored to the needs of professionals, DPP provides a range
of processing options for the RAW files produced by the PowerShot
S95, including Picture Style, contrast, brightness, sharpness,
noise reduction, white balance and exposure.
lens correction tool is also included with the PowerShot S95,
allowing RAW files to be corrected for lens distortion, peripheral
illumination, chromatic aberration and colour blur.
DIGIC 4 Processor:
Canons DIGIC 4 (Digital Imaging Core) processor manages
all of the cameras primary functions to optimise operating
efficiency. Advanced image processing algorithms deliver superb
image detail and colour reproduction with accurate white balance
and minimal noise. High-speed processing results in outstanding
responsiveness, rapid auto focus and extended continuous shooting
Smart Auto with Scene Detection
Smart Auto mode uses Scene Detection Technology to determine the
shooting scene by analysing subject brightness, contrast, distance
and overall hue. The camera then selects the scene type from 28
variables, applying the best settings for optimum results. In
Smart Auto mode, a colour icon indicating the type of scene detected
and the lighting conditions of the scene is shown
on the LCD monitor.
Smart Flash Exposure:
Smart Flash Exposure intelligently controls the power and usage
of the onboard flash to ensure natural results in a variety of
conditions. By using focusing distance as well as shooting scene
information, an optimum balance between the ambient light of the
scene and flash power is achieved.
shooting in very bright conditions, shadows which can appear on
a subjects face are detected by the camera, and flash can
be used to eliminate them. When shooting at close distances, overexposure
is avoided by sensing how reflective the subject is, as well as
reducing the flash power to compensate for the close shooting
Face Detection Technology:
Face Detection Technology makes it easier than ever to produce
superb people shots. This advanced system quickly and accurately
detects faces in a scene and then optimises camera settings so
that everyone looks their best. With the ability to detect up
to 35 faces in one frame, its great for group photos as
well as portraits.
PowerShot S95 features the following Face Detection Technologies:
Face Detection AF: Determines focus for peoples faces not
just the closest subject
Face Detection AE: Optimises exposure for faces in all lighting
conditions useful for backlit scenes or indoor shooting
Face Detection FE: Guards against washed-out faces when using
the cameras flash perfect for close-up shots in restaurants,
clubs or other dimly lit locations
Face Detection WB: Optimises white balance for natural-looking
skin tones which remain true to life regardless of skin colour
and lighting conditions
Red-Eye Correction: Automatically eliminates the unwanted effects
of flash photography immediately after the shot is taken. At the
touch of a button in playback, natural-looking eyes can be instantly
Smart Shutter mode uses Face Detection Technology to allow users
to take both group shots and self-portraits more easily and in
a more relaxed way.
shutter can be triggered remotely in three different ways:
Smile Detection triggers the shutter when the camera detects a smiling
face within the frame
Wink Self-Timer triggers the shutter two seconds after the subject
in the frame has winked, removing the need for a remote control
FaceSelf-Timer allows perfect group shots or self portraits by
automatically triggering the shutter two seconds after a new face
has entered the frame
Effect and Miniature Effect: The PowerShot S95 features
Fish-eye Effect and Miniature Effect two shooting modes
that enable users to experiment with their images.
Effect shoots with the effect of a fish-eye lens, with three levels
of distortion (weak, medium and strong) available to choose from,
adding a new and creative dimension to every image where the effect
Effect gives the impression of selective focus, which, when applied
to landscapes, creates images with a model-like appearance. Users
can shoot with designated portions of the top and bottom of an
image blurred while the rest of the image remains in focus, resulting
in landscapes that appear to be of model-scale.
focus area can be moved and sized to suit individual requirements,
and the effect can also be achieved in vertical shooting, with
right and left portions of the image blurred.
Effect in movie: Miniature Effect has also extended
to movie recording for the first time, providing the ability to
capture model-like scenes in 720p resolution. Combining Time Lapse
and Miniature Effect functions, the top and bottom, or the left
and right, of the scene are gradually blurred, emphasising perspective.
user can select the frame rate the movie is shot at (6fps, 3fps
and 1.5fps options available) so that when the movie plays back
at 30fps, it gives the effect of watching a movie of a time-lapse
miniature model. As with time-lapse movies, sound is not captured.
Multi-aspect shooting allows PowerShot S95 users to shoot in a
number of different
formats without the need for post-processing. Photographers now
have the ability to choose to choose from 1:1, 16:9, 3:2 and 4:5,
allowing them to instantly select the composition that suits their
subject and desired results.
Card Support: The PowerShot S95 supports the latest
SDXC memory cards, which provide up to 2TB of storage. With SDXC
memory cards, more content can be stored on a single card than
ever before, and movies and images can be shot without having
to change cards.
Release, August 19th, 2010
Canon today unveils the latest model in its successful
PowerShot S-series with the launch of the new PowerShot S95
an advanced, compact digital camera for photographers looking
for outstanding low light performance and manual control in a
pocket-sized body. Succeeding the highly-acclaimed PowerShot S90,
the new 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.
on the S-series core principle of offering advanced manual
control and low light performance in a compact body, the new PowerShot
S95 takes the range to new heights, with features designed for
users who demand maximum control and premium image quality in
all conditions. 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 Canons HS System provide
an even more powerful basis for low light and creative photography.
The PowerShot S95 is also the first-ever Canon compact to feature
Hybrid IS technology, providing improved image stabilization for
on both the size and handling of its predecessor, the PowerShot
S95 features an even slimmer body at just 29.5 mm thick*1, an
improved multi-control dial and the same external coating used
on the EOS 7D to improve slip-resistance and grip. Also designed
to fit seamlessly into a photographers existing workflow,
the camera offers RAW format shooting and support for Canons
Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.
in darker situations with f/2.0 aperture and the HS System
The PowerShot S95 includes Canons 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.
Low Light mode, the 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.
well as providing the ability to shoot without the flash and still
achieve correctly-exposed shots, the PowerShot S95s 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
Canon lens with Hybrid IS
The PowerShot S95s 28mm wide-angle lens features 3.8x optical
zoom, allowing users to get closer to distant subjects during
shooting. The camera benefits from Canons extensive heritage
in lens design, having been developed using the same processes
and high-quality standards employed to manufacture Canons
EF lenses, ensuring sharp, high resolution images with every shot.
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.
The PowerShot S95s unique and enhanced lens Control Ring
enables the adjustment of various shooting settings such as ISO
(in 1/3 stop increments), shutter speed, aperture, focus and exposure
compensation providing a satisfying and tactile experience.
Offering even higher levels of customisation, the PowerShot S95
features a custom setting that allows the user to pre-set the
function of both the lens Control Ring and the rear Multi-Control
Dial in various shooting modes. A dedicated shortcut button can
also be configured to provide instant access to pre-selected functions,
offering the photographer easy access to settings during shooting.
track subjects that are in motion, or to help achieve a creative
composition, a new Tracking AF mode offers the ability to select
objects from the centre of the frame and track them if they move,
or if the frame is recomposed.
handling of the Multi-Control Dial has also been redesigned following
feedback from owners of the preceding model. The dial now features
a more pronounced click mechanism, preventing any
unintentional changes to settings. Furthermore, the positioning
of the Ring Func. and On/Off buttons has
been revised, providing greater all-round operation in everyday
3.0-inch 461k-dot PureColor II G LCD screen features a tempered
glass outer layer, offering enhanced strength, high contrast and
a wide viewing angle that offers greater visibility even when
shooting in bright conditions. A new RGB histogram available in
playback also allows photographers to instantly check the exposure
of a shot in detail.
movies with stereo sound
The 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.
scenes as you see them
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 PowerShot S95 takes
three different exposures of the same scene*2 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 PowerShot S95 includes a range of shooting modes to match
the desired level of control or the photographers skill.
In addition to the flexibility of Full Manual control and semi-automatic
Aperture priority (Av), Shutter priority (Tv) and Programme AE
modes, the PowerShot S95 also features Smart Auto for those who
simply want to capture great shots instantly.
Detection Technology within Smart Auto helps to provide the best
results in all conditions, intelligently detecting the scene and
selecting the optimum settings from 28 variables. Hints &
Tips messages within the UI also make everyday operation as simple
as possible, intelligently guiding users through the cameras
menu and offering a short explanation of each feature before it
Flash Exposure controls flash levels according to shooting conditions,
providing the right amount of flash to ensure perfectly exposed
shots in all situations, from darker rooms to bright sunlight.
The PowerShot S95 also offers Multi-Aspect shooting, with 3:2,
4:3, 1:1, 16:9 and 4:5 formats supported. Allowing photographers
to shoot according to their subject or the intended use of the
image, Multi-Aspect shooting provides the ability to choose which
composition and result they want to capture as the image is taken,
without the need for post-processing.
wireless content transfers are supported by Eye-Fi connected functions,
allowing remote uploads to image sharing websites such as CANON
iMAGE GATEWAY. The camera features a dedicated Eye-Fi section
within the User Interface, and disables the auto power-down function
when the Eye-Fi card transmits data allowing the easy transfer
of content without interruption.
excellent all-round image quality and excelling in low light,
the PowerShot S95 offers an extensive feature set designed to
deliver outstanding performance. Built for those who want the
perfect combination of portability, power and control, its
the ultimate pocket-camera for the even the most advanced photographer.
The estimated selling price of the PowerShot S95 in Canada is
$449.99. The manufacturer's recommended price in the US is $399
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Powershot S95 Specifications
4 with iSAPS technology
- 22.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 105 mm)
3.8x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx.
1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹) ². Combined Approx. 15x
elements in 6 groups (2 double-sided aspherical elements including
1 UA element)
(lens shift-type), 4-stop, Hybrid IS
(Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
Continuous (only available in Auto mode), Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking
cm (W) from front of lens in macro
(linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average,
2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000,
1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
- 1/1600 sec. (factory default)
15 - 1/1600 sec. (total range - varies by shooting mode)
(including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent,
Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom
White Balance Correction
PureColor II G (TFT), Approx. 461,000 dots
to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Manual Flash On / Off
Fastest speed 1/1600 sec.
2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
levels with internal flash
cm - 6.5 m (W) / 3.0 m (T)
High Power Flash HF-DC1
Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual,
Custom, Low Light (2.5MP), SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Kids &
Pets, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer),
Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks,
Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap, High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye
Effect, Miniature Effect, Nostalgic, Stitch Assist), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White,
Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue,
Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
1.9 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.8
shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²
- (L & RAW) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200,
(S) 640 x 480, Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
16:9 - (L) 3648 x 2048, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080,
(S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L)3648 x 2432, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S)
640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2736 x 2736, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S)
480 x 480
4:5 - (L) 2192 x 2736, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S)
384 x 480
1280 x 720, 24 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)¹
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L, M)²
compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule
for Camera File system, RAW, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF]
Version 1.1 compliant
[H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting
PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print
supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
during shooting and playback
Camera / My Menu
image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
2x - 10x
2 or 10 sec., Custom
German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian,
Swedish, Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional),
Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech,
Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi
USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus
EX / ImageBrowser
Photo Professional for RAW development
Li-ion Battery NB-6L (NB-6L battery and charger supplied)
Approx. 300 min. playback
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40
x 58.4 x 29.5 mm
193 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)