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