Canon Pow­ershot S95

Ad­vanced fea­tures make the Canon Pow­erShot S95 a lot of fun to use.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By SUBASHINI SELVARATNAM in­tech@thes­

AT firsT glance, the Canon Pow­ershot s95 looks like a sim­ple point-and-shoot com­pact dig­i­tal cam­era.

But once you start play­ing with it, you will dis­cover that it of­fers lots of so­phis­ti­cated fea­tures for snap­ping pho­tos creatively.

The s95, which has a 10-megapixel sen­sor and a 3in LCD screen, is also HD ca­pa­ble and shoots 720p videos.

The cam­era has a black en­clo­sure, feels re­ally solid and has a sharp screen that’s great for view­ing im­ages and videos.

There is also a cool look­ing con­trol ring to man­u­ally con­trol the cam­era lens. The con­trol ring lets you ad­just the set­tings based on the shoot­ing modes.

You can, for in­stance, ad­just the isO (or ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion), shut­ter speed, aper­ture and fo­cus.

How­ever, an am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher like my­self will find the con­trol ring a lit­tle com­pli­cated to use.

Nev­er­the­less, the s95 is still easy to op­er­ate. You can al­ways stick to the Auto mode if you are not con­fi­dent of us­ing the ad­vanced set­tings.

Once you are more com­fort­able with the cam­era, you can start tak­ing pho­tos in dif­fer­ent shoot­ing modes and ex­per­i­ment with the con­trol ring.

Great pic­tures

The s95 is good for shoot­ing pic­tures even in low-light con­di­tions. This is made pos­si­ble by the High sen­si­tiv­ity sys­tem technology which com­bines the power of the 10-megapixel sen­sor and the Digic 4 im­age pro­ces­sor.

in our tests, the Hs sys­tem al­lowed the s95 to cap­ture beau­ti­ful, vivid, and low-noise pho­tos in poorly lit ar­eas.

Also, the s95 has Hy­brid is technology to min­imise the im­pact of cam­era shake on im­age qual­ity.

An­other cool fea­ture is the raw mode which al­lows im­ages to be stored with­out com­pres­sion and any pro­cess­ing. This means you can ma­nip­u­late the im­age ac­cord­ing to your pref­er­ences.

You can add spe­cial ef­fects to the pho­tos such as sepia, Nostal­gic and fish-eye ef­fects. The Nostal­gic ef­fect, for in­stance, fades the colours and rough­ens the photo so that it looks like an old pho­to­graph.

The fish-eye ef­fect, on the other hand, lets you shoot with the dis­tort­ing ef­fect of a fish­eye lens.

An­other in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is the track­ing aut­o­fo­cus func­tion which can track and shoot a spe­cific sub­ject. All i had to was set the sub­ject in a frame in the cen­tre of the screen and press the ap­pro­pri­ate but­ton.

in this mode, the s95 was able to track a mov­ing sub­ject as long as it didn’t go out of frame. We had great fun track­ing our dog and the pho­tos came out sharp.

if you choose the HDr (high dy­namic range) shoot­ing mode, the s95 takes three con­sec­u­tive shots — one un­der­ex­posed, one at nor­mal ex­po­sure, and one over­ex­posed.

it then com­bines the three shots into one im­age to form an im­age with greater dy­namic range. The s95 se­lec­tively use the over­ex­posed shot for dark ar­eas, and the un­der­ex­posed shot for bright ar­eas.

We found this fea­ture use­ful when we wanted to cap­ture de­tail that is nor­mally lost in high con­trast scenes.

if you are tired of snap­ping pho­tos, the s95 can shoot movies in high def­i­ni­tion at 720p at 24fps (frames per sec­ond) and record au­dio in stereo.

You can even add Minia­ture ef­fect while shoot­ing videos. This ef­fect blurs cer­tain por­tions of the video to which makes full-size sub­jects look like minia­ture mod­els.

The s95 is also bun­dled with a num­ber of handy ap­pli­ca­tions such as Pho­toStitch, Dig­i­tal Photo Pro­fes­sional, Cam­era Win­dow and ZoomBrowser EX.

StAY fo­CUSed: The 3in LCD screen helps with fram­ing your pic­ture.

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