- 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 28-105mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
- 195g - 100 x 58 x 30mm
- Announced November 2010
- Replaced the Canon S90
- New Model is Canon S100
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon S95 overview
Canon S95 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first introduced on November of 2010. The camera has a 10MP, CCD 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
Canon launched this model in an effort to upgrade the older Canon S90 (Read Full Comparison) and then released the more recent Canon S100 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this camera.
The S95 places at #74 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #862 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can try out our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your customized requirements.
Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon S95 history
The Canon S95 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can discover all previous and brand new models as well as key features.
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Canon S95 Gallery
You can see the S95 from several angles in the gallery below.
Canon S95 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Canon S95 based on things that are typically seen as necessary in a digital camera.
Canon S95 Sensor specifications
The Canon S95 features the Digic 4 processor chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Canon S95 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and has a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. RAW format is saved so you have wider margin for error.
The graphic below illustrates the S95's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The S95 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is presented in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Canon S95 dimensions
Canon S95 weighs 0.43 pounds (195g / 6.88 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 100mm x 58mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Canon S95 is weightier compared with its competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a pic of the Canon S95 beside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.
The top view below will highlight the button layout on the S95.
Canon S95 Lens specifications
The S95 provides an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 28-105mm giving it a 3.8 x zoom which might not be perfect but it will definitely be very helpful in certain cases.
At the widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.0 which is wonderful in low light occasions and capturing a shallow depth of field. It would also allow you to go with a lower ISO to produce clearer images. With the tele end, 105mm comes to f4.9 making it pretty sluggish and you will need to go with slower shutter speeds.
Canon S95 Connectivity
The S95 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and in some cases alter settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Canon S95 Video specifications
The highest video quality in the Canon S95 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in H.264 file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should target at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone socket so you have got no control over your sound. It is probably best to look into a different camera if you need good sound in your videos.
Canon S95 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing on the Canon S95 so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.
Canon S95 Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon S95 has a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 461 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder details regarding Canon S95 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite helpful in bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Canon S95 Shutter specifications
Canon S95 can shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600s.
Canon S95 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Canon S95 boasts only built-in flash with no external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/500s.
Canon S95 Autofocus specifications
Canon S95 boasts just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & precise compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
The AF system has 9 focus points to pick from. Canon S95 supports manual focusing if needed in low light or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.
Canon S95 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life in this group of cameras.
Here is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the strongest battery life:
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Canon S95 for different types of photography
The following diagram indicates a analysis of the Canon S95 for different types of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Canon S95
The Canon S95 gets a rating of 41 which is subpar, and means the camera is not very good for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support along with the capability to work with off-camera flash.
Canon S95 Street photography information
With a nice points total of 65, the Canon S95 is a respectable pick for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Canon S95 Sports photography features
A subpar sports photography score of 27 suggests the Canon S95 is not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Canon S95
Portability is super critical in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon S95 gets a nice 64 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent pick for your holidays.
Canon S95 as a Landscape photography camera
For those who are planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon S95 at it's reasonable grade of 53 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable within the current market.
Canon S95 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera really should have a moving screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Canon S95 is not very good for vlogging as it receives a subpar rating of 32.
Canon S95 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the S95, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph just below provides you a bird's eye view of the S95 compared to it's top rated rivals shown earlier.
There are more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To go through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.