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      15.09.2013 16:35
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      Highly recommend to anyone who wants professional looking photos

      I told my husband I wanted a DSLR camera but he knows I have no patience for reading instructions, and am not terribly good with technology or photography, so after some research he came up with the Canon S95 as being the perfect camera for me. The camera has all of the perks of a standard digital camera but also has many manual functions similar to a DSLR, which allows us to take professional looking photos, all on this brilliant little camera which fits in my handbag!

      The picture quality using the 'auto' function is absolutely great. Nearly every time a friend or even a member of the public has taken a photo (when requested to take a photo of my husband and I) they have commented on what a high quality picture it takes.

      It has lots of fun things in the scene mode, which makes taking photos very easy and a lot of fun. For example, at a recent 'dead famous' fancy dress party it was great to put the setting to black and white then ramp up the 'age of photo' function depending on the dead famous person I was taking a photo of.

      Aesthetically, the camera looks great, and is very sleek and stylish.

      The only negative, is that I find it a little complicated to take good photos in the manual mode, but this could be because I have very little experience in photography.

      Overall I would highly recommend this camera to the home user, looking for a camera to take professional looking photos, but not quite ready to take the step to a DSLR.

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        18.06.2013 18:08
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        Quality of DSLR cameras, compact fits into clutch/handbags, so less heavy

        I'm a girl and honestly no good with cameras. My boyfriend is a professional photographer studying architecture and even he thinks his camera is very good for the price and size. For me the camera takes VERY good quality pictures, I actually bought mine second hand off eBay because my friend had it and I love the professional DLSR cameras like the Canon DSLR large camera series, but I didn't want to fork out on those when I know I wouldn't have the patience to learn how to use them or want to carry such big cameras around.
        I bought this for around £200 two years ago and has honestly been worth every penny, it was second hand but still worked perfectly and am still using it today, I've brought it with me traveling in my handbags and with me clubbing in my clutch bags. The quality is absolutely beautiful, it can take night pictures and bright sunlight pictures, the flash on many cheap cameras make the skin colour look dull and dirty, but this camera really enhances you, without the need of Instagram filters you still look stunning, just like the professional cameras. My friend told me when she bought hers that the internal body inside this camera actually has the same as the big DSLR cameras in Canon's range, but put into an impact little camera, the lens is not changeable but it basically takes the same quality pictures. Therefore, the price is definitely worth, and you will not be disappointed! Definitely the best investment in cameras I have had. Even my boyfriend loves it and he always tell ms to bring it so he can leave his big camera at home when we go out or go on short holidays.
        The camera can capture night light modes, and have slow flash. The camera is also very durable.
        If you would like to have nicer cameras, invest a little bit more on this camera rather than the cheaper ones which may give you horrible pictures, you can even buy this camera for under £150 nowadays, and is still one of the best compact cameras out there! (when I bought it it was definitely THE best!)

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          01.06.2012 02:59

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          Perfect for someone who wants something more than just a point and shoot

          I'm not pro with cameras but I've been on the hunt for a good quality, great image capture and colour payoff, decent priced, lightweight and compact camera that falls somewhere between a regular compact camera and a DSLR to replace my old, old Canon IXUS 65!

          This camera has the ability to shoot in auto and manual mode as well as giving the option to shoot in RAW as well so you can edit the photos on your computer to your heart's content. You can also shoot HD movies too.
          It also has a manual zoom which is quite handy for when you want to focus more steadily on a subject.

          The display is brilliant and wide - was one of the first things people noticed when I showed them my new camera... the display is very clear.
          I've read some people find the pop-up flash on the top can be obtrusive when your thumbs is there but I've never found it a problem.

          The low light mode is useful for shooting indoor when you don't want the flash light to pop up because some pictures look worse with flash!

          The scene mode has some useful cool effects such as Fish-Eye, Miniature, Snow, Foliage, Poster, Under Water, Super Vivid, Fireworks, Nostalgic and more!

          There is so much more to this camera to discover and play with. I think this is a great bridge product for someone who is coming from using a point-and-shoot compact camera to experimenting a bit more with manual modes and playing with the ISO settings before going full blow and paying for an expensive DSLR camera.

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          22.09.2011 23:51

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          Great little camera, will be cheaper now the s100 has just been released. Great lens, goes to f2.0. Worth every penny.

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          29.05.2011 09:41
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          A great DSLR-like experience that fits in your pocket.

          Preparing for a trip to the Colombia I was torn whether to take my meaty Canon 7D. As I still wanted to take fantastic pictures I invested in the Canon S95 with some trepidation. What a camera!

          First impressions out of the box is that it's a beautiful matt black work of art. It seems to have been designed by a minimalist artist - no unnecessary buttons or labels. Once charged up and loaded with an SD card it springs into life and you are off! Putting it straight into AV (Aperture Priority) mode and shooting in f /2 I was able to take some excellent shots with narrow depth of field and bokeh (blurred background) in both JPEG and RAW file formats. Switching to video mode with such a wide aperture allows you to take professional-like HD video. I needed no more reassuring - I was ready for Colombia.

          2 weeks and some 1500 shots later I can safely say this is a fabulous camera - it never let me down once - with some spare batteries and SD cards I was able to take some truly memorable and, at the same time, excellent quality images that are comparable to what I can take with my meaty 7D.

          To summarise, I can not recommend this camera highly enough - for those of us who are DSLR users - buy one so you don't have to always carry your DSLR while for everyone else get this.

          Key features:

          - f/2 lens
          - wide-angle 28 mm
          - Excellent low-light performance with HS System
          - 10 Megapixel CCD
          - 3.8x zoom with optical Image Stabilizer and Hybrid IS
          - Expert control with ISO range adjustment
          - 3.0 inch PureColor II G LCD display

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            19.04.2011 23:27
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            HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

            I bought this camera for my parents, and tested it out for a few weeks beforehand. Anyway, here's me review:

            I've always been a big fan of canon camera, believing them to be one of the best camera brands.

            {~~~~~Appearance, Camera Body & Screen~~~~~}

            The camera has a solid, expensive feel to it. The outer shell is all metal apart from the top panel, which is composed of plastic. Canon have incorporated a couple of strap lugs on either end on the top, which should be very useful for all of you camera enthusiasts out there. Although this is quite a small detail I think it could really come in handy. Most ultra-compacts tend to come with wrist-straps which are great if you are not planning on using it that often, or if you don't mind keeping it in your pocket.

            The LCD screen is not raised out of the back panel of the body, but is in level with it which is a good thing I guess, as this helps to prevent scratches. However, I would highly recommend buying a glass screen protector for the camera to keep it in top notch condition! However, the screen is composed of toughened glass, so it really depends on how you will be using the camera. Here's an example of a glass protector: GGS Optical Glass LCD Screen Protector for 3 inch Screens Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Panasonic Camera Screens

            The body itself does seem a bit plain: it isn't the most stylish of cameras, but it is very comfortable to hold and the matte metal finish helps to ensure a good, snug grip.

            The buttons on the back of the camera are reasonably large, and therefore easy to use. This is good as it means no fiddling about when you are trying to take a quick snapshot. There is a bezel around the central button on the back panel which rotates. This can be used to change the mode you are using.



            The screen size of 3" is just the correct size in my opinion, and it is very clear. It does become very difficult to view the screen in bright sunlight, and the lack of a viewfinder doesn't help. But this is only a minor complaint.

            {~~~~~Photo Quality~~~~~}

            One of the things that attracted me to this camera is the fact that it is 10 Mega-pixels and has 3.8X optical zoom. This is reasonable for a camera of this size. The digital zoom is 4X. However, I always try and avoid using the digital zoom as it really distorts the image and I like my photographs to be as clear as possible.

            There is the option to take photographs with 1280 x 720 resolution. Video can also be recorded at this maximum resolution in HD 24Fps quality. However, one disadvantage is the fact that optical zoom cannot be utilised whilst recording video. This will affect some more than others. However, I rarely use the video function and therefore this is not a major disadvantage for me.

            The continuous shoot function has come in handy many a times, and it is very effective. It is particularly useful when you want to take many photographs and select the best one afterwards. This is particularly useful if the people you are photographing are prone to having their eyes closed.

            Anyway, I will update this as I get more chances to use it.

            I would highly recommend this camera. If you are looking for an ultra-compact digital camera, I would highly recommend this camera!

            N.B. I have also published this review of mine on Amazon.co.uk as SuPeRsOnIc

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            20.03.2011 20:57
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            Worth it!

            Background:

            A while ago I became a photography enthusiast and invested in a whizzy 'semi-professional' digital SLR with some amazing lenses that extended out to envious proportions and allowed me to compose and take superb photos. But, it weighs a lot (over a kilogram with my favourite lense attached) and required a small sack to lug it all around. The result was that I realised I was missing lots of the photos I wanted to take as I was too lazy/it was too inconvenient to take my camera with me. So, around a month ago I embarked on a quest to find a truly compact camera whose photo quality and versatility could come close to my 'proper' camera. The result was me purchasing the canon S95. But did it live up to the high standards I set it?


            The look/build

            The S95 definitely fulfils my 'compact' requirement, measuring slightly under 10cm by 6cm by 3cm. It therefore fits easily into even my smallest handbag, or my husbands jacket pocket. It is also blissfully light (coming in at under 200g on my kitchen scales) yet feels quite 'solid', feeling more 'metal' than 'plastic.' It has no grip as such, which can make it feel a slightly precarious to handle, but it is coated in a substance supposed to help you keep hold of it. Everything is very contained and fairly flush to the camera, including the flash which pops out of the top left (and surprised one of my friends who had borrowed it and had their finger over this area while it was trying to pop out!)

            The back is mainly taken up by the screen (7.5cm across) along with a small cluster of control buttons on the right hand side. The screen is essential as there is no viewfinder (a new experience for me.)
            For those into the basic aesthetics of it: its matt black, modern-looking and utterly inoffensive.


            Features

            Firstly, allowed me a spot of geeky number quoting (if this doesn't interest you, skip to the next paragraph) The lense allows a focal length equivalent to 28 to 105mm (=covering most photos you'll likely to want to take) with an aperture of f/2.0-f/4.9 (=sensible range). Shutter speeds covered go from 1 to 1/1600 of a second, and ISOs from 80 to 3200.

            In short, the basic specs of the camera live up to those of a basic digital SLR but in a far smaller product. So, in theory it has the power to take good 'basic' photos.

            Away from 'basics', it also has a range of 'fun' features that can produce some interesting photos with absolute minimal effort, including a 'fish eye' (middle of photo big, outside smaller), 'colour select' (photo comes out in black and white with just one predetermined feature colour, for example all black and white except for any red bits) and 'poster' (which makes everything a bit 'pop art' and bright.) Of course all these can be achieved with any camera and Photoshop/ equivalent program, but this just makes it faster and easier.

            It also has an acceptable-quality built-in video recorder.

            As a novel added extra, if you have a spare £200 you could buy a special case for it allowing you to use it up to 40m underwater.


            Using the camera

            The joy of this compact for me is that it can be used either as a simple 'press button, get photo' camera or virtually as a 'semi-pro' camera with you controlling the shutter speed, aperture, iso and white balance. This means that it can be incredibly easy to use (press on button, press shutter, get photo) or can be more 'rewarding' as you control the variables yourself. The problem with controlling the variables yourself is of course that since its so compact its all rather fiddly and this obviously prevents it being used as a fully manual camera in most situations.

            The photos produced so far have, in general, been of a quality comparable to that which I got from my D-SLR at 'normal photo' printing size. The only disappointing ones have been those taken in low light in 'auto' mode which were taken at high ISO and were therefore predictably grainy.

            The battery life (quoted by Canon at around 200 photos) has not so far been a problem but I feel I may wish to invest in a spare battery before taking it away on holiday.

            Downloading the photos to computer was completely hassle-free - I didn't even need to install any additional software onto my mac - I literally just connected the camera and away it went!


            Overall

            When researching which camera to buy the fact that this camera is often owned by real professional photographers as their 'always on them' camera sold it to me - if its good enough for them, I figured it would be good enough for me. And my experience of it has lived up to this expectation. Its easy to keep on you, it has a great range of features and takes good photos.

            The main downsides for me are the lack of a viewfinder (somehow I just find it hard to compose a photo on the screen) and the not particularly impressive battery life.

            The other issue is of course the price - at currently around £300, plus the cost of a memory card, case and most likely a spare battery, its not cheap.

            However, overall it is definitely worth it and I have no regrets.

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              23.02.2011 12:57
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              Good overall - would recommend

              I brought this camera to replace an old one I had had for a couple of years.

              I brought the camera for £270 from a large retailer which was one of the more expensive cameras on the market but thought the more I pay the longer it will last.

              The camera is around 10cm x 3cm which makes it a very compact camera and easy to carry around with you. The camera is rather light compared to my previous camera and weighs around 160 - 170grams again making easy to carry around.

              This is a 10 mega pixel camera and you defiantly get a great quality picture, as a test I took some pictures the garden and the quality of the picture is fantastic. The camera takes fabulous pictures where there is less light and this is a great function for nights out or in the evenings.

              The only downside to the camera is I found it very difficult to navigate around, as because it seems to be quite a specialist camera sometimes the functions were too much for what I needed.

              I have used this camera a lot on my travels and it is defiantly worth the money I paid for it, I don't think I would go back to a cheaper camera especially not for more special events where good pictures make lasting memories.

              Overall I would recommend it but possibly to someone who will appreciate the extra functions as I only used it for the basics.

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