This camera is awesome. I upgraded from a Fuji camera and it was well worth the money. The Canon A95 uses 4 AA batteries, but it eats through normal alkalines way too fast.
The swivel screen is a major plus, it's 1.8" compared to 1.5" from the Canon A70. The screen is also higher resolution than the A70.
I have used the camera for 6 weeks and printed about 90 pictures so far. The pictures look great and I even cropped to zoom in on some pictures and you couldn't see any sign of pixelation. I love the manual flexibility with this camera, plus the automatic modes make it easy for anyone to use.
The camera has a nice solid feel to it and fits well in the hand. I prefer the Canon A95's size rather than the ultra compact cameras like Sony's T1 because you can easily hold the camera in one hand and take pics.
I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking into getting a 5MP camera that's affordable, flexible, and normal size.
Bought this 5 years ago as my first digital camera and am still using the camera. It is 5 mega pixel, 3X optical zoom with 1.8 inch swivel LCD (110k pixel resolution). It uses compact flash cards and AA batteries. I particularly like the fact that it uses AA batteries as these can be found virtually anywhere in the world if you run out of them. Camera has a number of automatic settings which takes great picture in most of the situations. It also has special scene mode for taking photos in commonly found situations like bright sunlight situations on beach, night photography, action etc. On top of this camera allows you to set most of the controls manually as well. This is great for getting into the phogography and developing the skills.the swivel screen is great for taking self portraits. you can just rotate the screen towards yourself and compose the photo rather than having to guess by looking at the lens or a small mirror found on most of the other cameras. Quality of the photos is excellent and 5mp should be more than enough for most of the people as you can easily get up to 10inch prints without losing print quality.
With regards to the downsides of the camera, it does give high noise level at ISO 200 and 400. One other problem with this camera is that it is not exactly pocket camera. its quite bulky and heavy.
So to summarize if you can leave with the camera being bulky and want to learn photography this is an excellent camera.
After using Fuji and Jenoptiks for couple of years, I fall in love with my friend's Canon A75. My dream came true when I ended up breaking my Jenoptiks 2 MP camera and needed to buy new one. This time I went for quality purchase. Brand new Canon A95. I was very happy with everything. Picture quality is THE BEST. Speed of camera ready time for next photo is amazing. The design and grip of this A95 is classic. The picture modes are plenty and lot more fun that other compact cameras. The full manual controls are dream of any to-be photographer.
There are some very useful and well thought aspects of this camera. It usues 4 standard AA batteries. The swivel LCD screen is very good idea, as you don't have to sit down or raise hands to get better angles. I personally don't like compact flash cards, but you can't complain about it when you get such an excellent package. The camera is bit heavy, which is good for steady hands while taking pictures. You can't get better deal than this in compact camera world.
I will confess two things at the start: first, I am not a top photographer despite having taken thousands of photos in my time for various reasons (before buying the A95) and second, I am a total fan of the A95 camera.
Having bought it very competitively for price at £227 including a 256mb compact flash card nearly 3 years ago (much cheaper now of course), it has not once let me down in any way. I have kept the sequential picture counter going and feel that is a good indicator for reliability after the latest count of 6,034 photos and videos. It is more "chunky and robust" than "flimsy and lightweight" but, in my opinion, definitely NOT to the extent of being too heavy for leisure use.
If you look at the professional reviews for this model, for when I purchased anyway, they are all pretty complimentary with one negative only, i.e. the tendency for incorrect colour fringing of tree outlines in strong light with landscape shots. All I can say is that although I was nearly put off buying for that reeason, it has yet to happen to me!
Let me be specific now:
FIRST. If you do not want the many adjustments and prefer to "point and take" your shots, that is fine by using the AUTO setting and the preset and remembered resolution. My needs being relatively simple for images, I tend to keep it on postcard size, which supplies a very clear image on a full screen on the PC and has the benefit of including, if you want it, the date. The focusing and light are done for you and if you have a 2gb card, you can shoot 3,288 pictures. There is another setting that allows 6,941 but should you want max resolution you go right down to 780. In short, it is very easy to use if you are not an expert and there is loads of memory with a card of higher capacity.
SECOND. Although the smaller memory compact flash cards are cheaper, I think it is worth having larger ones like the 2gb sandisk ultra 2 with such a big memory. It only costs about £17 including postage and packing if you search the net. The only other item needed to make it work is the battery setup. I have been using the same 8 batteries for nearly 3 years now. Jessops did a good price at the time for rechargable AAs and a charger unit. When the 4 in the camera run down, the full ones can very easily be taken from the normal camera case with pouch and swapped. They last for at least 300 shots, so just put the old ones on to charge that night and no loss of camera use, or at least, that has been my experience. In short, the memory cards are cheap and capacious and the same goes for the batteries.
THIRD. If you want the bells and whistles, they are indeed there. A dial on top allows 14 shooting modes; there is flash and macro; pictbridge to connect direct to a printer (although I have not had cause to use this personally); 3 times zoom; plenty of menu settings; two-step shutter release, i.e. you press halfway, pause and then take the shot with the final half pressure; ability to scan through all shots in memory on the screen, either individually or in batches of 9 thumbnails at a time and this is quicker; a cable connects you to a TV and the batteries are so good that you do not have to make use of a 9 volt adaptor for power, just plug the camera into the TV and see a slide show or video clips; 2 or 10 second photo delays; red eye reduction; automatic focus assist beam etc. etc. Like most people, I suspect, I have not used all the variations much, but it is nice to know they are availabe for anything special.
FOURTH. A major benefit is the mobile back screen. In strong light, it can be hard to compose the picture from the screen when you have to hold it up to eye level. The A95 lets you look down from above at the swivelled screen so you can indeed see the proposed image, since the angle of light is then OK.
FIFTH. The video works very well in my view. You can shoot for, I find, up to 2 minutes quite easily and both sound and vision is good on the TV. Then you can load it into the PC and burn a DVD for sending round the family and so forth. Perhaps, all this is par for the course these days, but all I can say is that the quality seems fine to me. The microphone in particular picks up distant and low sounds.
SIXTH. Software was supplied and means a supremely fast load on to the PC if you can use, as I do, a card reader. Somewhat slower and more fiddly via USB port. But using the Canon ZX Browser, it takes about 10 seconds to get 50 shots on to the hard drive. Due to its use of more memory, the blue line showing progress of loading goes more slowly for video, e.g. a 2 minute viseo clip might take about 6 seconds to put on the PC: hardly a problem.
Finally, I have been trying to find something negative to say here, because let's face it, what's perfect? And I have come up with 2 points. Firstly, the printed aperture range of sizes on the front of the lens casing are wearing off with use, although I have not had cause to use them anyway, because they are only decorative without involving any adjustments. Secondly, a close shot in poor light, e.g. say 12 inches, will be done in AUTO mode with a flash and that will overexpose it. It is better to disable the flash and risk a bit of fuzziness with camera shake for the resulting longer exposure time. And that is the sum total of negatives I can tell you about.
The Canon Powershot A95 Digital Camera is the successor of the Powershot A80 and was released in August of 2004. It has 5 megapixels and an impressive 1.8 inch LCD monitor which rotates to suit your every photographic need.
As with many Canon entry level phones, the A95 has pretty poor background noise reduction and, therefore, inadequate movie mode.
It does have good colour resolution, though, and with the usual price tag of around £150, it's not a bad option for an entry level digital camera.
It features 3x digital zoom and flexi zone auto focus, which works incredibly well.
All in all, if you purchase this camera as a camera and ignore the poor background noise as well as the poor video feature (you can only ever record about 3 minutes on a digital camera anyway) then this is a reasonable camera for the money, but there is better out there in this price range.
It comes with a 32MB memory card for storing your photos in any of the 3 photo settings (normal, fine or superfine).