Canon PowerShot S95 - Test Shots – Zoom, Colour and Contrast



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”Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera’s overall image quality, including dynamic range, colour rendition and the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image. ”

Canon PowerShot S95 test photo

The wide angle end of the zoom is equivalent to 28mm.

Canon PowerShot S95 test photo

The telephoto end of the zoom range is equivalent to 105mm. In case anyone’s wondering, the reason I’m now using the war memorial for zoom test shots is that there is major building work going on in my usual location.

Canon PowerShot S95 test photo

Even in strong backlighting there is some shadow detail.

Canon PowerShot S95 test photo

The i-Contrast feature greatly improves shadow detail while retaining highlight detail.

Canon PowerShot S95 test photo

Colour rendition is strong and vibrant.

Canon PowerShot S95 test photo

The S95 is spectacularly good at low light photography. This was shot hand-held at 1/8th of a second.


Score in detail

  • Value 8
  • Design & Features 9
  • Image Quality 10
  • Build Quality 10


Camera type Digital Compact, Digital SLR
Megapixels (Megapixel) 10 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 3.8x
Image Sensor 1/1.7-inch CCD
Optical focal length 6.0-22.5mm in 35mm film terms
Shutter speed 15sec to 1/600th sec
Auto focus AiAF (Face detect/9-point), centre point AF
Manual focus Yes
Max output resolution 3648x2736
Other resolutions 2816x2112, 1600x1200, 640x480, 320x240, 2648x2048, 2816x1584, 1920x1080, 640x360, 3648x2432, 2816x1880, 1600x1064, 640x424, 2736x2736, 2112x2112, 1200x1200, 480x480, 2192x2736, 16966x2112, 960x1200, 384x480
Focus range 5cm to infinity
Exposure control P, A, S, M, Auto, Scene mode (19 scene programs)
Exposure metering Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Image Stabilisation Lens shift, 4 stops, Hybrid IS
ISO settings 80-3200 in 1/3 stop increments
LCD Monitor 3-inch PureColor II G, 460k
Viewfinder N/A
Flash range 50cm to 6.5m (wide), 2.5m (tele)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off
White balance modes Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom, WhiteBalance Correction
Drive modes Single, continuous, self-timer
Image formats JPEG, RAW, MOV (H.264 + Linear PCM stereo)
Picture adjustments My Colours pre-sets, custom adjustable saturation, contrast, sharpness, tone, colour filters
Video (max res/format) 1280x720, 24fps
Movie length Up to 4GB, or 29mins, 59 secs
Self timer 2-10 secs, custom
Memory card slot SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMSplus
Supplied memory None
Batteries supplied 1000mAh Li-ion
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output PAL and NTSC
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic 34-page printed guide, full manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 99.8mm
Depth (Millimeter) 58.4mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 193g including battery and memory cardkg