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Canon Powershot S95 first impressions

Launched in the Philippines just last month, the Canon Powershot S95 came in with a suggested retail price of Php27,950. So when I saw it selling at SGD$640 (~Php21k) in Singapore last week, I grabbed the chance to make it my new point-and-shoot camera.

The Powershot S95 is one of the very few Canon point-and-shoot cameras that can do manual settings, shoot 720p HD videos and to top it off, has a nice and large f/2.0 opening (aperture).

Some of the key features of the Canon S95 include:

  • 10-megapixel CCD sensor
  • HS System
  • 28-105mm F2.0-4.9
  • 28mm wide, 3.8x zoom, Hybrid IS
  • lens control ring, full manual & RAW shots
  • 3-inch PureColor II G LCD
  • 720p HD movies, HDMI
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode
  • Multi-Aspect Shooting

The compact size and the body is reminiscent of the old Ixus line but this one has a much more solid and metallic body. The serrated ring at the base of the lens is where you control the aperture settings.


I’ve only used it a couple of times and while most of the outdoor shots are during cloudy days, the image quality is impressive as well as the HD videos. See sample clip on YouTube below:

Still have to test the camera extensively on various settings and outdoor conditions but so far, I’m really liking this camera a lot already. The bokeh at f/2.0 looks smooth and has a nice depth.

Here’s a sample photo under artificial lighting and you can see the full images on the Picasa gallery here.

Actually, after several haggling and getting some other stuff from the same store, I was able to bring the price down to SGD$550 or Php18k. Full review coming soon.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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28 Responses

  1. this is the top of line canon point and shoot?

  2. yuga says:

    @andre – in the compact category, yes. There’s the G12 too.

  3. Karissa Yu says:

    I have so been waiting for you to review the S95. I’m planning to get it too. Looking forward for your full review.

  4. Karissa Yu says:

    By the way, I can’t seem to check out your Picasa gallery for the S95 shots you took. Can I gain access to see it? :) Much appreciated

  5. kates says:

    a couple of friends already owned a S95 and its older brother, S90, and all I can hear from them are praises.

  6. yuga says:

    @karissa – sorry about that. changed it to public now.

  7. Andre Sayson says:

    It’s expensive!

  8. Clarence says:

    Some folks online sell this for almost 18k.


  9. gchang says:

    Did this come with a full Canon warranty? OR, only shop warranty. I was able to buy an s95 via sulit for 18.5k, but with shop warranty only.

  10. yuga says:

    @gchang – full Canon warranty.

  11. jeric says:

    This camera looks good.

  12. Wils says:

    what shop did you buy that from in singapore? could you inform so i can also buy from there? thanks

  13. klt says:

    hi sir, may i know what store in Singapore? will go there in a few weeks, i’ll get one for myself too. thanks!

  14. defunct says:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com got a good review about this camera.

  15. Ton says:

    Solid build, but I handled one once, and I couldnt turn the top dial with my fingers (I had to use nails to latch into the grooves) then it turned. It could have used a hot shoe too. LX5 wins, sorry.

  16. Kenneth says:

    My friend was able to get a 2nd hand S90, and we saw how good the camera was. His only complaint was the camera case/body was so slippery. SO he had to do a bit of modification. :) Don’t want that significant investment to slip away from your hand during a photo shoot …

  17. how does this fare with Panasonic Lumix LX5.

  18. Edwin says:

    Why is it soooo expensive here? It’s like $400 in the States. Canon is ripping us off.

  19. Jeff says:

    I think im buying this baby instead of the Canon 1000D. Amazed with the f2.0 aperture value. Im already imagining the shots using this P&S camera.

  20. Tatic says:

    whoa! this point and shoot seem to get the great reviews!

    according to snapsport.com it’s the no. 1 camera out in the market today! it even beats S90 and sony tx9! i would love to own this one! it has hdr and manual mode which makes it a winner among other p&s.

    it was even featured in yahoo finance! http://finance.yahoo.com/news/A-Love-Letter-to-a-nytimes-365722288.html?x=0(read WHOA!)
    the guy who reviewed it got really stunning pics, jaw dropping, to die for! here is his flickr

    warning: you’ll be AMAZED!

    damn, can a good samaritan give this to me as an early christmas gift? santa claus where art thou?

  21. JD says:

    may I ask where to get this from in Singapore? my sister is leaving next week and I’m planning to ask her get me one.

  22. witsandnuts says:

    I got mine recently and I agree that it’s really impressive. The best among the compact cams nowadays. Here in the UAE, it’s priced (converted) at P17k, with one year warranty.

  23. Ricky says:

    I’m in love with my new Canon S95 camera. If you’re looking for a pocket able camera that has sensibly high quality images, full control over your photography, speed and focus and shoot in RAW format the S95 is an excellent choice. It is a little camera with a big sensor. I’ve had fun with its special modes, like the tilt-shift-lens simulator and fake fisheye. Canon S95 is something special to me.

  24. Faust says:

    hmmm.. seems this canon s95 is a competitor of panasonic lumix lx5..

  25. Bob says:

    I am still thinking if I’ll get this or Lumix LX5..

  26. ipad says:

    Excellent piece of writing, l quite agree with your submission. I will subscribe to your rss to keep up.

  27. Tike says:

    Until I found this I thohugt I’d have to spend the day inside.

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