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I chose this camera with the help of my Dad as I wanted something that was going to take good photos without me being a particularly good photographer. I wanted something that was simple to use and would hopefully prevent me from taking blurry photographs, which my old camera was particularly good at doing! Essentially I wanted something that took good photos with as little effort to me as possible.
And this camera really does do that. I've had a play with the various different modes and some of them really do help to make photos look better, although the camera does manage to take good photos without having to fiddle as well. The auto focus function has meant that blurry photos are now a thing of the past!
It's lightweight, compact and really comfy to hold making it great for carrying around when on holiday. The battery seems to last for days (depending on how many times you decide to look back through your photos!) which is a real bonus. The buttons on the back make it really user friendly and even someone with limited photography skills (me) was able to navigate around the menus of the camera easily.
There really aren't many downsides I've come across with this camera, but when you zoom in fully (using both the optical and digital zoom), the photos look pixelated so I never bother to use this. Another problem is that the screen can be quite hard to see in very bright sunlight and the viewfinder which can be used instead is quite small and cuts off the edges of the photo.
After struggling through 8 months with a cybershot camera, which I bought hastily the morning before my prom (I had no camera, £70 in my bank and a teenagers urge to have photos!) I thoroughly researched my upgrade as I didn't want to be stuck with something that didn't do it's job like the Sony.
I've always been a Canon girl for photography; in fact I have a Canon 350 DSLR which I love but don't get much use out of currently. To compare this camera to that one would be futile but truth be told they're both outstanding pieces of kit. Ok, so this is just your bog standard point and shoot... but it's a damn good one. The design is slick and after three years or so I have yet to see any massive wear or tear on it. It has the obvious 'this is a slightly old camera' look to it but on the hole it's working as it did the day I bought it.
Onto the camera itself: It has a really simple display and button system. On the top as you'd expect is the power button (small and not easy to confuse with the shutter button) and the shutter and zoom. On the front is the extendible lens, Canon and camera style branding, flash and view finder. On the bottom is again more of the usual - battery and SD card chamber and tripod screw hole. On the sides are AV connectors and USB/computer connector points (though I've since lost my lead so can not comment on how well this camera connects to a computer). On the back is a large screen with various view modes and the buttons that you'd expect to see. The quality of your videos and photos depends on what memory card you're using and what size photos/videos you want as well as the quality you set yourself. I normally set it to the middle quality, which gives me about 700 photos and around 11 minutes of video for a 2gb SD card. More than enough!
The display on the back is fully coloured and easy to navigate around. There are different options to choose from such as grid line display, blank display and just 'live' action display. As well as this if you press the blue arrow button you get to the review page of your pictures and videos and can even play the video clips (there is no sound when played back on the camera but when you upload them to the computer, sound has been recorded). There is a flick switch at the top where you can change from manual camera mode, to automatic camera mode, to video camera mode. As always, holding the shutter button down half way before pressing it fully focuses the camera. The flash can be turned on or off in manual mode but will fire automatically if you have it set to auto and it thinks it needs it. It has lots of different things to play with, such as party scene and sunset scene. This gives you a little bit of control over the ISO and shutter speed rate - but it's certainly nowhere near the control a bridge camera or SLR would give you.
These cameras retail at around £120 - £150, which in my opinion is a great price for such a good little camera. I bought mine from Amazon using DooYoo vouchers and so mine was a little bit cheaper, but if you shop around then you'll find one of these to fit your budget. They come in a range of colours as well, with some being more expensive than others, so you can again chose whether you'd like to splash out a little more or just go with what you know (i.e. silver). All in all this is a stunning like compact point and shoot and one that I would recommend a hundred times over to anyone who wants a sturdy camera to take with them on holidays, out clubbing or just as a 'bottom of the handbag' camera to always have on you (make sure it's insured if you do that though!). It'd also suit a mature teenager or younger kid who knows to care for their equipment and wants to start taking serious photos.
I brought this camera for myself as my old canon camera died on me. I have this camera in bright pink and I love it, i've never had any problems with it whatsoever! And pink is a great colour for me! It has easy to use functions and functions like macro photos which are great for taking close up photos with perfect resolution. you can take movie clips with this camera too which is perfect for filming short clips- or longer ones depending on the size of your memory card!
It is hard wearing and light, easy to carry around and once you turn it on it is ready to go, just point and click! another great aspect of this camera is that you can change the setting to black/white or brown and white for those old fashioned looking pictures which add depth and character to pictures! well worth getting!
My camera is my constant companion on any outing and I love to take photographs of anything and everything to keep as a record of the places we have been to and the things that we have done as a family. One of my biggest hobbies is scrapbooking, where I create layouts in an album to record memories associated with my photographs and to journal the every day events in our lives. Good quality photographs are of paramount importance to me in order to be able to make layouts that I'm really pleased with, and my Canon IXUS 9515, with its 10 mega pixels, has not been a disappointment in taking these.
This is the second camera that I've owned from the Canon IXUS range and I've loved them both. This one was only brought because I managed to drop the old Canon IXUS 60 camera off of the arm of my sofa onto the lounge carpet and knocked the lens out of position. I couldn't bear to be camera less while it was being repaired under the warranty so we decided to buy the up to date version of the camera. I am now ultra cautious to avoid dropping this camera as I'm aware of how easily the lens can be damaged.
Our IXUS 95 IS was purchased in October 2009. I can't remember how much we paid for it, but for us the price was irrelevant as we knew that we could trust the quality of this range of cameras and that they provided the functions that we required. It is currently available from Amazon for £149.99. Before buying our first IXUS I carried out considerable research into aim and fire small digital cameras and these ones appeared to be the clear winners for our needs.
**Appearance and functions**
At 8.75 x 5.25 x 2 cm I find this camera a comfortable size to hold and it is very lightweight so that I am able to take photographs holding it with just one hand if required, although for stability and to avoid shaking of the camera two hands will often lead to a better quality of photograph being taken. The display screen measures 5cm x 4cm and I have no difficulty in seeing a clear image of either the scene waiting to be taken or the one that has just been recorded. When previewing photos the screen has a nifty way of rotating so that whatever way up the camera is held the photos will always show in the correct orientation.
My camera is a strong raspberry pink metallic matt colour - not everyone's taste, but this was the only colour in stock at the time. The girls of the household have no problem with this, but my husband has adopted the old camera as his, purely because that one is silver and he doesn't feel quite as conspicuous using it. Blue and silver versions are also available though. The front of the camera has the Canon and IXUS logos, the lens, the view finder and the flash as well as a flash and ten second timer warning light.
Yes, this is one of the few makes of compact camera that does still have a view finder which I know is really important for some people. When I was originally looking this was a must for me as I had always been used to old fashioned cameras that only have a view finder and I couldn't imagine only looking at a screen and not being able to get my eye close up to frame a shot. Over time though my opinion has changed and I rarely make use of the view finder. This is partly because I've realised that I can see just as well on the display screen and that on this particular model on the display screen I can see exactly the view that I'm taking whereas form the viewfinder this is smaller than the actual photo and I find that I get a messy outer area than the shot that I thought that I had so carefully framed. On a bright sunny day when the screen can be hard to see though, having a view finder can be a real bonus.
The lens extends 18.6mm from the front of the camera when initially switched on, although this then varies when the zoom is used. This is a combination of matt silver and chrome with a surrounding shiny chrome edging and adds to the classy appearance of this camera. If the camera is not used for several minutes the lens will retract back into the main body of the camera for safe keeping - why oh why had this not happened yet when my old one decided to leap off of the chair arm?
Moving onto the top of the camera and there are just 2 buttons; a simple on / off button and the one used to actually take the photograph. By depressing this button slightly auto focus is activated and a green outline will show on the screen identifying the key point that the camera is focussing on. This will often be a face or some writing or another clearly defined focus point. Full depression causes the scene to be captured and stored to the memory card. By twisting an outer rim of this button the zoom is activated. This camera has 3x optical zoom, but 12x digital zoom. I have found that it most circumstances this has been sufficient for my needs and I have been able to take photos of a heron way across the other side of a river that have appeared quite detailed. A steady hand or better still a tripod is needed when using the zoom or there is a tendency for the image to blur considerably. So not the zoom for a David Bailey, but for an average amateur photographer this is a simple no fuss zoom with no extra gadgets and gizmos to attach.
Underneath is a screw hole to attach to a tripod and the fixings appear to be quite universal and I've had no problem attaching the camera to several different ones. A small compartment on the bottom also provides access to the SD memory card and the battery. This is a lithium battery which slots into a charger that is supplied with the camera and takes about an hour to fully charge. Annoyingly the battery and chargers are not interchangeable between the two generations of IXUS camera - how annoying is that - two chargers to take on holiday! At 20 months old and having been heavily used my battery now takes about 250 pictures between charges. The cable linking the camera to the computer slots into a small socket on the side and software is provided to easily upload photos. The plastic covering of this slot looks flimsy and I wondered how long it would last, but it's still holding strong.
The back of the camera is the main nerve centre and where to start with describing all of the features? Firstly there is the screen and view finder as previously mentioned along with a flash activation light and image stabiliser light. The image stabiliser seems to be quite effective in reducing the effect of a shaky hand. Another slide type button enables you to move between an auto shoot mode where aim and fire is all that is required. When I first used this camera I was so frustrated because most of my indoor photographs were fuzzy. By playing around I established that this was because the distance was set at 10meters and the camera was therefore unable to focus within a close up environment. This was easily rectified by altering the distance setting using the function button and as long as I remember to set the distance my auto indoor shots can now be nearly as effective as those taken outdoors. While I'm mentioning this auto function setting it is worth also noting that there is a wide screen option available on the same scroll as the distance ones - really handy for landscapes and taking photos of lots of people in a room.
The next mode is a manual setting that in conjunction with the function set button facilitates the use of many other functions if you feel inclined to experiment more with your photography. The options here are portrait (I don't find that these are significantly better than using auto mode), night (great for bringing alive shots of lights at night), kids and pets (I use this any time that I'm taking photographs of moving targets and it really does help to avoid blurring - sports day photos are definitely enhanced using this), indoor (I forget that I have this option and really must try it out some more), sunset (I've taken some fantastic sunset shots using this facility), fireworks (again this provides sharp clear shots that are significantly more effective than those taken on auto), long shutter (I've not used this and can't remember what it does - I must dig out the instruction booklet!), beach (I've been happy with auto beach shots so don't tend to use this), underwater (one of my favourite setting to play around with - outside an aquarium though, not literally underwater or you'll have one dead camera), foliage (I'd forgotten this one too - I'm glad I'm writing this review as it's making me look at what the versatility of this camera really is) and last but not least snow (my absolute favourite; snow looks pure, crisp and white when this setting is used. I turned it on part way through a snowy walk this winter and the differences in photos was so marked.) All in all I'd really recommend playing around with these settings and not sticking with auto as the camera has the capacity to take some stunning photographs, if you just get used to how.
When using the manual mode the flash can be forced on if you're shooting in a shady location to turned off if not required. Macro can be activated. This was something that was a must for me when searching for a camera as I'll quite happily spend ages photographing beautiful flowers, insects or best still butterflies on bright flowers. This would not be possible without the macro setting and it works especially well on this camera - I'm even considering sending one of a newly hatched dragon fly first spreading its wings in for the Country File calendar competition, so it must be good. Infinity seems a little less useful to me and is supposed to produce better long distance landscape shots. I don't take a many of these so haven't given it a fair trial. The ten second timer is another matter though. I can often be found balancing my camera on tree stumps or benches lining up a shot ready to capture a group of friends or family with me included too - it's often the only way to prove that I was there too, as I take most of the photos in our house. It can be set to take just one shot or three in a row. By failing to tell the subjects that multiple shots are going to be taken it's often possible to achieve a relaxed 'after the photo was taken' shot that can be better than the more posed one so this is a favourite feature of the camera. I haven't used the two second timer option because I am no Usain Bolt and wouldn't have a chance in hell of making it to my allotted spot in time and the likely chance would be that the resulting photo would be an unsightly image of my bottom on the run.
A menu button allows the zoom, flash brightness and other settings to be adjusted but I confess that I've left these all at factory settings as I've not found any need to change things.
The final two buttons -( hooray!) relate to the moment when you want to look back and discover what amazing shots you've managed to capture. The first converts the camera to preview mode and the second of these when pressed shows the number of photos taken and the date and time. By pressing the menu button while in this mode it is possible to make some changes to your photos such as correcting red eye (and all this time I didn't think that my camera would do this - should have played with these buttons earlier), photos can be resized so that they take up less storage space and very useful for uploading to sites that won't allow large pictures to be added and they can be rotated amongst other things.
So there you have it, a rundown of my camera as I know it. This is a camera that I whole heartedly recommend to anyone who wants to easily be able to produce some excellent quality images. It is one of best things that I own and I would even go so far as to say that if I was stranded on a desert island I would without doubt choose to have this camera, along with its charger, with me, as I could while away many a happy hour finding interesting things to record my experience. And even better still if I could have a printer and a few scrapbooking supplies to go with it!
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- 3x optical zoom
- lithium ion battery
- metal body in a variety of colours
The canon ixus 95 is one of very few compact camera's made today with a viewfinder (the ixus 100 is another) - this can be a very important feauture for some and I have found that some people decide to buy this camera exclusively because of the viewfinder which other manufacturers are neglecting to offer. The viewfinder is small, but functions as necessary - one point that I would make about it is that it's hard to see the focus through this, however as the camera's auto focus is generally accurate this shouldn't be too much of a problem. The viewfinder can also come in very handy as a way of saving battery life as the LCD is a great drain and you don't always have a spare battery to hand or access to a charger/ place to charge.
3x optical zoom isn't particularly large, although I have a feeling that this is a concious decision by canon in order to keep the camera as small as possible (it's one of the smallest compacts on the market) - it's fine for everyday shooting but wouldn't be appropriate for something such as wildlife and is an important factor to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to purchase this camera. Personally I would have preferred the camera to be slightly bulkier (would still easily be pocket sized) and have a greater zoom, maybe 5x which would make the camera more versatile, but isn't excessive.
Build quality seems to be very good - the camera has a metal body which helps to make it feel high quality and robust. The lens and the mount around it do attract fingerprints, as does the LCD on the back, but the main body doesn't. The buttons are well placed and intuitive to use - my only gripe with them is that there is a slide button to move between auto, scene and movie which is very easy to accidentally knock onto the wrong one as the gap between each is very small.
The shooting functions available on this camera are limited - it's definately aimed at the point and shoot market, which means it's simplified and easy to use. There's an automatic shoot mode, scene selection (6 options) and movie. There are the usual further adjustments you can make which includes 7 different white balance options (auto white balance is largely effective) and ISO up to 1600 (at 1600 images are very noisy and only really suitable for snapshots, you can obtain decent printable quality photos up to about 400).
There is a macro setting, as standard, which can focus on a subject from a distance of roughly 2-3cm's. Unfortunately the autofocus isn't always that accurate when it comes to macro and you occassionally have to try it a few times before it will focus properly - this could prove frustrating if you are trying to photograph something which won't necessarily stay still for a long period of time.
Image quality is generally impressive, although if I were to pick holes in it I'd say that the colours are maybe slightly over saturated compared to what the eye sees. As for the video quality - this is also good as there is no focus fluctuation and the camera picks up good levels of sound with very little white noise.
Price wise this camera can be purchased for around £160 in store and slightly cheaper on the internet (although be careful not to purchase grey market goods by accident to save a little initial cost - that decision may come back to bite you).
Whether or not I'd recommend this camera depends on what you'd want it for.
Buy if...you want a small, easy to use compact with decent quality results and/or need a viewfinder
Don't buy if...you need a fair zoom or are likely to shoot frequently in low light conditions
I received the Canon Digital Ixus 95 IS for my last birthday after asking for a new camera that would be easy to use. I am certainly no photographer and take notoriously terrible, blurry photos, that is until I got my new Canon. My parents took advice at John Lewis and got me this for around £100 in the sale, they no longer appear to stock it as there are newer versions of the Ixus but you can get it on Amazon from £109.99 (RRP £189.99) and it comes in 4 colours, silver, blue, pink and gray.
It is a classic point and click camera which is exactly what I need. The technical spec says that it is a 10 megapixel camera with a 3 x zoom and it certainly takes very good quality photos (Snapfish are happy with them anyway) and I tested the zoom on Bridlington beach and that worked very well too. It apparently has optical image stabilising and anti-blur, that certainly seems to be true as my photos come out very clearly despite my in ability to hold a camera still. It also has scene and face detection ability and a green box appears around the subject when you are taking the photo, we have some nice action shots of my son running across rooms with the background just a blur behind him. It also has a video camera which we have taken some good quality short videos on.
It says that it has 17 different shooting modes but I just have it on auto and change it to video if I want to do that so I just have to assume that this is true. I expect that serious photographers would get a fancy camera like my Dad's and spend ages changing modes and zooming, this really is a point and click and for someone like me who has no interest or aptitude for photography and just wants to capture life's precious moments it is fantastic.
It has a 2.5 inch screen which is very clear to see when you are taking photos or viewing them. You can easily transfer photos to your computer via the USB cable provided and the battery lasts really well, I use the camera regularly and it normally lasts months. If we have a really heavy period of usage like a holiday it will need charging after a couple of weeks, compared with my last camera which needed charging every few hours whether you used it or not this is an absolute revelation for me.
I would definitely recommend this camera for any camera novice wanting something simple and practical (long battery life, compact size and lightweight) to take great photos on.
When I chose this digital camera last year for my birthday I knew what I was going to get with it being a Canon. It cost around £200 then, and for that kind of money I expected a camera that I could take on holiday and be able to rely on it to take high quality images. It wasnt just the features and looks that attracted me to this camera. It does look amazing, and it feels great too. Unlike other cameras I looked at, it felt very sturdy and looked as though it would last. I have the silver model, although I do believe it comes in a range of colours. The weight of the camera also reassured me that it was well built.
The camera allowed me to take some amazing images and I found it very easy to manage them with the limited number of buttons on the back and the clear screen. There are many features on this little box of tricks. There are various frames you can put around the pictures you take - perfect for a portrait image. The camera also comes with a cd-rom that allows you to edit your images and you can easily manage your pictures and transfer them onto your computer via the provided usb cable.
I have had other digital cameras in the past and this one has most certainly exceeded my expectations. I would recommend a Canon every time from now on, and especially this feature packed model. For the price it is a very good digital camera, it is a shame there isnt a case of some description with it, though. Even just a flimsy one. I suppose they now expect us all to purchase expensive leather cases, and I would definately recommend doing that, as this is a quality camera.
This was my first good quality compact camera. I have had others in the past but all were very cheap and against the canon the difference is so easy to see. The build quality is excellent and the camera feels sturdy despite being easuly light enough to be carried around in a pocket. The pictures it takes are also excellent. The auto mode is very good for just taking snapshots and is very rarely out of focus. My only complaint with auto mode is that it automatically switches between standard lense mode and the digital macro mode. This can sometimes cause problems as it 'sticks' in macro mode for a second or so, but a very minor issue. The features offered are also excellent, either for the lay photographer to experiment and get arty or for those with more experience. The interface is also very user freindly and the battery life is very good. All in all the best on the market at its price. Also it is important to note that although cameras with higher megapixels can be brought at this price the lense quality of the canon will almost always yield better quality images.
I had a canon camera for years, but as I dropped it and the screen broke on it I couldn't really use it anymore, I had contacted canon who wanted to charge me £125 standard charge to send it off to be fixed, and I wasn't prepared to pay this, so I just ended up buying a new one. Even though I wasn't impressed with canon customer service, I was so impressed with the camera, I bought another one by canon. I cant remember which one I originally had, but this one I bought, the canon ixus 95 IS is also an excellent camera.
I bought it on amazon, which cost me about £140 brand new. It said the usual price was £189.99, and it has since been reduced even further to just £119.00, which in my opinion is a bargain for this excellent camera. It looks really cute and stylish, it is small and compact. It comes in silver, and I recommend you get a case for this camera as it scratches very easily. My first canon one did this, so I knew when I bought this one to get a case to protect it.
It is a 10 megapixel camera, with 3 x optical zoom and it has a 2.5 inch screen. The pictures I have taken on it so far are really crystal clear and sharp. I have to say though I don't like the zoom, as I always seem to end up with blurry pictures. Just using it normally though, the quality of the pictures are excellent, and it also has face detection, a timer, and auto red eye correction. There are 17 different shooting modes, and also scene detection technology. You rarely get blurry pictures, unless you have zoomed in on something, as it apparently has ISO auto, motion detection technology and optical image stabilizer to prevent the pictures blurring.
One thing I also love about this camera, is that it is so light weight. So it is great to just carry around everywhere with you in your hand bag. The battery always lasts ages too, I only charge mine up every few months or so.
I am not well up on the technology bit of cameras, but I know that this camera is easy to use, takes excellent quality pictures so effortlessly, and also records videos which are also excellent quality, and I would highly recommend this canon camera to anyone!
I bought this camera as a back up to my 'full time' camera gear, I owned three different Canon SLR bodies, one 40D, a 50D and a 5D.
I used this camera as a snapshot camera for holidays and such, often my wife would complain if I carried my camera everywhere and it was a pain in the bum to be honest.
This camera is very small, and being metal bodied its as tough as you like!
It has the usual auto settings but also some more useful 'scene' settings
Ease of Use
On initial examination the pocket sized Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS bears a closer family resemblance to last year's IXUS 80 IS model than its numerical forebear in the IXUS 90 IS. In fact its front plate is identical to the 80 IS, with a resolution hike from 8 megapixels to ten the most obvious change.
That Canon's design team hasn't stretched itself to new heights here is no bad thing as the original look, feel and dimensions were already as stylish and attractive as you'd expect a mid priced IXUS (£249 in the UK) to be. Canon seems to be one of the last bastions of optical viewfinders on compacts, and here one is included for shot composition along with a 2.5-inch, 230k-dot resolution rear LCD screen - again the same spec as the one found on its predecessor. That said, the optical viewfinder is so small and murky most won't bother with it.
What Canon seems to have stopped doing however is including a memory card with its compacts. The IXUS 80 IS was shipped last year with a 32MB SD card in the UK. OK, that's paltry by today's 32GB SDHC standards, but at least it meant users were up and shooting after unloading the camera from the box and charging up the battery. Here there's not even an internal capacity to fall back on, so - like the vast majority of the competition - investing in a SD or SDHC card at the time of purchasing the camera is a must. Annoyingly, but not unexpectedly, the full manual is only included on CD ROM, with a heavily abbreviated quick start guide the only hard copy provided.
But back to the camera itself: the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS feels attractively weighty in the palm at a body-only 120g without being prohibitively so, and is the size of a standard bar of household soap - its rounded corners and smooth surface and the fact that there's nothing in the way of a grip provided adding to that impression. Thankfully the standard issue 3x zoom (an equivalent 35-105mm) is optically stabilized and its dimensions do ensure that it, ahem, 'slips' readily into a jacket pocket (or summer shorts) for any spur-of-the-moment captures.
As this camera is an IXUS, and therefore aimed at the fashion conscious snapper, potential purchasers have a range of coloured faceplates to choose from. Canon states these are silver, pink, grey, blue or pink, though our not unattractive review sample appeared to fall halfway between the latter two.
Rather more interestingly, the IXUS 95 IS includes a new 'Smart Auto' mode, its own take on competitors' intelligent auto modes. Canon suggests that this analyses any given scene or subject in detail, checking subject brightness, contrast, distance from the lens plus hue, and then selects the most fitting of 18 possible modes to ensure optimum results. With the camera thus enabled, all the user truly has to do is point and shoot. That's the theory. In practice thankfully it doesn't take an age to determine what's what either, its almost instantaneous operational speediness thanks in part to an on board Digic 4 processor - the same as now found in Canon's DSLR range.
Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS
Also now firmly part of the user friendly package are automatic red eye correction (activated by delving into the onscreen menu settings), motion detection to automatically boost ISO as necessary and avoid blur when the subject is moving, plus i-Contrast, a feature similar to Nikon's own D-Lighting mode, in that exposures are adjusted to bring out shadow detail without blowing highlight detail in the process.
Face detection technology is also on board to pinpoint faces in the frame, though here you don't get the blink detection feature found on the IXUS 100 IS. Macro shooting down to 3cm is offered - adequate, without being class leading - while manually selectable light sensitivity - via the L-shaped on-screen toolbar familiar to regular Canon users - stretches from ISO 80 to ISO 1600. Rechargeable lithium ion battery life is good for a so-so 260 shots per charge. Nothing spectacular here then, but given its price point, build quality, and intended audience, not much to grumble about either.
The big feature of the latest raft of digital compacts for spring/summer 2009 is of course HD video shooting. Yet the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS has instead opted for good old-fashioned 640x480 pixels footage, with a frame rate of a respectable 30fps plus an added long play option. Again, adequate, but falling short of what else is out there. In the Canon range, look to the recently Photography Blog rated IXUS 100 IS if HD movies and HDTV connectivity are a must have.
So now with that in mind let's take a tour of the IXUS 95 IS, examining its features and functionality as we go in order to determine whether it's anything other than your run-of-the-mill style-conscious snapper.
As with the IXUS 80 IS, the most eye-catching aspect of the front of the camera - in its inactive state at least - is its mirror-effect chrome lens surround, with a rectangular window for the internal flash situated top right of the lens, a porthole for the aforementioned optical viewfinder directly above, plus an AF assist/self timer indicator over to the left alongside a pin-prick sized hole for the built-in microphone. As mentioned at the start, it's a surprise to find a camera this diminutive bothering to include an optical viewfinder and in practice its usefulness is rather lacking.
Moving to the top plate of the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS we find an on/off power button, which is practically flush with the camera's metal exterior to help prevent accidental activation when sliding it in or out of a pocket. Next to this sits a raised, larger shutter release button. A press of the power button and the IXUS is up and running in just over a second, the lens rapidly extending to maximum wideangle setting while the rear screen bursts into life to the sound of an ident-like flourish.
Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS
As with the IXUS 80 IS, for a point and shoot camera the 95 IS' responsiveness cannot be faulted. If shooting in program mode it's lightning fast to determine focus, with the scene and setting-determining auto mode a mere fraction slower. Likewise, any shutter delay is imperceptible as you go on to take the shot. Maximum resolution JPEGS are committed to memory in a blink of an eye, the rear screen blanking out momentarily as this happens. Incidentally, if you do select auto mode, be prepared to put up with a low mechanical buzz as the camera continually adjusts its settings so you don't miss a trick.
Again, as with its predecessor, the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS' shutter release button is surrounded by a lever for the zoom. Though this is also responsive, the transition through the focal range is sound-tracked by the whirr and buzz of its internal mechanics. In playback the zoom can be used to check focus when steered towards its telephoto setting, or display previously captured images (as a groups of nine thumbnails) if directed to maximum wideangle.
The rear of the camera echoes the front's minimalist design approach, with controls flush to the body. Unsurprisingly the 2.5-inch LCD dominates by taking up two thirds of the back plate, with optical viewfinder window directly above, alongside a pairing of function indicator lights. Moving along from these - still at the top left of the camera back - is a grouping of five tear-shaped holes for the built in speaker. The LCD provides adequate visibility when shooting indoors, although bright sunlight unsurprisingly results in the need to cup a hand around the screen and squint. Thus it fairs rather better when shooting indoors.
The main function controls are situated on the right hand side of the screen. These comprise an indented slider switch of plastic construction with a raised ridge that just catches the thumb. It displays three settings: Smart Auto stills capture - here just marked down as 'Auto' - plus Program stills capture and movie clip capture. All three are illustrated with self-explanatory icons.
Just to the left of this, the direct print button found on the IXUS 80 IS has been given over to a dedicated playback button, in order presumably to make room for the new Smart Auto setting on the aforementioned slider. Should you own one of Canon's portable Selphy printers you can still access print settings and earmark images for printing via the playback menu itself, so the lack of a one-touch control isn't really missed.
Beneath the playback button and slider switch is a familiar four-way control pad, with a function set button at its heart. At north, south, east and west points around the pad are settings for - in that order - adjusting exposure compensation (+/- 2EV) if in program mode only, selecting self timer (two seconds, ten seconds, a face self timer or a custom duration of your choice), adjusting flash settings (auto/on/slow synchro/off), or selecting infinity, normal or macro focus.
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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment
In playback, the self timer portion doubles up as an option to delete unwanted images on the fly, indicated by the equally familiar trashcan icon, while the exposure compensation portion allows the user to leapfrog through groupings of images (i.e 10 or 00 at once) to find what they want more quickly.
Press that function set button at the centre of the control pad and the familiar Canon L-shaped tool bar pops up on screen. In auto capture mode users are limited to being able to manually tweak the size and quality of images, or opt to shoot in widescreen ratio. Flick the slider switch one setting down to program mode however and the user can, starting at the top, additionally access the camera's 15 pre-optimised scene modes that include an ISO 3200 equivalent setting (with attendant resolution drop to 1600x1200 pixels) plus underwater and aquarium options alongside the familiar portrait, night snapshot settings. Whichever of these options you choose then appears illuminated top left of screen, situated on the vertical axis of the toolbar.
If you're shooting in program mode there's additionally the chance to, moving down the left hand toolbar, adjust ISO settings (ISO80 to ISO1600), white balance, select from the range of My Colors image editing/enhancement options (including a custom colour setting with slider indicator provided), plus switch between evaluative, centre weighted or spot metering, and single shot or continuous capture (here a lowly 1.4fps).
As a default, your chosen settings are displayed around the edges of the screen when it is used as an electronic viewfinder, but a single press of the round 'display' button in the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS' back turns these off for a clearer view, while a further press deactivates the screen entirely.
The final button on the 95 IS's back is for 'menu'. Pressing this brings up a set of two folders on screen; one governing additional shooting settings, the other providing fairly generic set up options. Among the more common settings, the shooting options let you bias the AF frame toward face detection (which appears also to be its default setting), switch on the point AF function which zeroes in on a face before you press the shutter button fully, and choose from a range of image stablisation modes; from continuous to shoot only to panning to off. Such features appear identical to those previously found on the IXUS 80 IS.
As we noted when reviewing that earlier model, all of the above is pretty much what you'd expect to find on an entry-level camera toward the higher end of the price scale for its class. So to reiterate, there are very few grumbles here. Use is intuitive, the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS proves fast to respond, and arguably that's all any of us really want from a pocket-sized point and shoot. Apart that is from razor sharp, richly coloured and finely detailed images. So can the IXUS 95 IS also prove its mettle as the perfect travel companion when it comes to that part of the equation?
To recap, this is more than most people would need in a camera, it has a little manual control over settings but not enough to satisfy someone who knows how a camera works and how to work one.
I am thinking a Panasonic would be better, with PASM controls (vitally important) it allows the user some better control.
After reading many reviews on Amazon and amateur camera sites about the different types of hobbyist level digital cameras, I decided to buy one of these.
The camera itself has a metal casing and so has a sleek feel and look to it. It's very light weight and compact making it very easy to carry around in a handbag or while, (and most importantly) taking pictures! I found that it took only 5 - 10 minutes to get the camera working from out of the box. It was so simple, I didn't take that much notice of the manual.
When starting up the camera, it isn't slow like they digital cameras of yesteryear. Its ability to capture anything in an instant is one of it's many advantages. The photos it and you produce are very high quality, as I found out the other day when I had some printed off at home.
The only downside is the bundled software which comes with the camera - It's awful! Everything is so huge on it and hasn't been designed at all that well. It says that you need to install all of it on your PC/Mac system. But there is a way of bypassing this. On Windows XP, it should come up as an external device and you'll be able to get the photos from the camera that way. If on a MacOS X, just use a programme called 'Image Capture' and get the photos from your camera that way.
It comes with many easy to use features:
- Selectable megapixel sizes: 10MPG, 6MPG, 4MPG, 2MPG
- 3.0x optical zoom (with an image stabiliser for those shakey hands moments)
- Different shooting modes: Macro, Portrait, Nighttime, Snow, etc
- Photo-effects: Sepia, Custom colour, Black and white
- Compression modes: Normal, Fine and Superfine
- Video capabilities
Other key benefits this camera has are:
- Smile detection
- A 2.5 inch LCD screen
- A self-timer
- Light quality settings: Low-light, Outdoors cloudy/sunny, Indoors, etc
This little camera may have been around for nearly a year but is still a fantastic camera even in today's market. Getting to work with cameras everyday choosing a good nice and easy point and shoot camera is hard. Let's look at the price point first, it still ranges from £120-170 so it's best to shop around for a good price, anymore than £150 and it's not really worth it as the ixus 100 you can pick up for £170 which has a few features better than what this camera offers but let's not get side-tracked.
Let's begin with the basics:
35-105mm lens (3 x optical to you and me) which is great for party snaps, days out at the zoo. It is also a glass lens so it's more scratch resistant than plastic lenses. (Although a plastic lens would be lighter) It has an F rating (focal length) of 2.8 - 4.9. Not forgetting to mention a built in optical stabilizer to help with those unsteady hands (after all they invented it).
ISO goes all the way to 3200 which although will cause a lot of noise on the picture is fairly new to the point and shoot market for their low range models.
2.5 " screen which is in the smaller range of screen size, but as long as you can see what your taking the camera does the rest for you. The screen will protect you against light reflections but for those of you who like the outdoor shots in summer know all too well that regardless of the camera as soon as direct sunlight hits the screen it's going to turn white.
10 Mega Pixel sensor so for those who wish to print A3 photos of those embarrassing nights out can do so but for most small prints (6x4, 5x7) you may want to lower the Mega Pixels, that way you get more onto the card.
Face detection (the white box around people's heads) which like all Canon cameras works great, this sorts out all the focus points, white balance, and redeye removal and tracks the subject while on the screen. This little beauty can detect a whopping 35 faces in a single shot, so even if you have a lot of friend or family and you want a group shot, this isn't a problem.
Scene detection is a great feature of cameras these days, the ixus 95 offers 18 scenes that will automatically set themselves depending on the brightness, contrast and distance of the subject. You can also set it yourself by going into programme mode and selecting whatever scene you like, this is a great feature because you can alter the effect depending on what scene you select.
The best feature of all has to be view finder. Trying to find a reasonably priced point and shoot camera with a viewfinder is getting near on impossible these days, granted most manufactures cut it out to save on weight, size and cost but to those minority of people who want it, Canon provide it! Yes it is small but it is there.
The battery is a lithium ion rechargeable taking around 240 shots. They do come roughly half charged in the box so you can use them straight away. A separate battery charger so no extra costing involved for disposable batteries.
Video mode, taking 30fps (frames per second) on a 640x 480 resolution or standard definition to you and me. It will record sound as well which is a plus.
Memory card type is SD/SDHC so anything up to 32GB which fits next to the battery.
Right then, onto the more techy bits.
DIGIC4 processor - this little gem you will find in all their modern point and shoots all the way up to their G series bridge cameras. The benefit of this processor is that it processes information quicker, so even from how fast the auto-focus works to image quality and colour reproduction, and this really is the brains of the camera. So much so that you will even find a couple of the DIGIC 4 in Sony PS3s. (There's some trivia for ya)
Of course we can't forget to mention the casing, weighing just 120g (body only) lightly brushed in aluminium to give a nice feel to camera (doesn't help with scratch proofing). Comes in 4 colours, silver, grey, blue or pink.
So what comes in the box?
Canons imaging software ZoomBrowser EX
Overall I'd rate this camera 9/10, it's small, lightweight, great features, only thing missing is continuous AF but then you may as well by the ixus 100,120 or 200
I brought this camera for Christmas for my sister. This is the first canon camera we have purchased, usually we buy Sony, but after reading reviews and researching decided that Canon has a better quality picture. £128 was well worth it.
I'm assuming you've read the spec above, the camera is very compact, and I've brought the bright pink which is very girly. The zoom and picture quality is amazing, if you have the setting on automatic you will be able to see and hear the camera make adjustments to the surrounding settings. This function is great, as my sister is not great with technology, the feature provides her enough guidance by setting up the best option for that scene as well as showing her the settings it's decided on so she can learn and would be able to set it up manually at a later date for herself, when she becomes more confident.
We used the camera at the weekend for her birthday and it was very easy to use and the zoom and picture quality was great. no red eye at all and no time taken to adjust and make sure it's got flash etc. The screen is small but it does the job and the functions are easy to use.
The power and zoom are all at the top of the camera. The battery and memory card goes at the bottom of the camera, which also has a space for a tripod to be screwed in if need be.
Overall a great little camera, very easy to use and very reasonably priced.
I bought this camera for my mother for Christmas. She's a complete photography novice, so I knew I'd need something easy to use, reliable and with a good screen. With Canon, build quality comes in spades. The metal case is rock solid and gives the camera a quality feel before you even turn it on.
Set up is easy and the bright LCD screen displays all the instructions you need. We added a 4gb SD card to this, which allows over 1200 photos, even on maximum resolution and quality. Time between shots is minimal too. It has a useful face-tracking feature, which helps take balanced and well focussed shots of any squirming subjects or moving targets. My mother's feedback was amazing. She loved the colour (a pretty garish pink) and thought the screen was very crisp, which helps you make a quick decision on whether or not to keep or bin your photos.
The lithium battery (included) comes with a slim charger that gave a full charge in under 2 hours, with many hours use in return. The zoom is standard and there are almost no manual features, but this is a plus if you're an basic user. The less buttons to press accidentally, the better.
The usability speaks for itself as the camera has been out at any given occasion with pleasing results. Little picture noise, very little vibration and a great balance of colour. All for less than £120 - top buy!
This is by far the best camera around for its price. Its easy to use, has a clear large screen to view the pictures you take. Its sleek and modern style is appealing to many and the quality is outstanding compared to others available on the market. i have accidently cracked the screen to view the pictures and sent it off to Canon to be fixed. This was done and repaired to perfection, youd never had known anything had happened to it, and to top it all off, it was covered under a two year gurantee. In terms of price, it was a bargain compared to other cameras with the same spec and has lasted in my hands for 3 years and it still produces clear quality shots. The zoom on the camera is beyond impressive too. Great buy!!