This is one small camera! Much smaller than the average compact and certainly much much smaller than the previous reviewed bulk of an Olympus C-7070. It easily fits into your jeans pocket without a problem. This is the camera you will always have on you. A beauty also. It feels kind of heavy for its size and to be honest there is not much grip. That is the downside. The feel of the body is good and supplies some grip but I missed a real grip on the camera. Hence the wrist-strap! Don’t like wriststraps so bought me a Richard Franiec grip. What a relief!! Now this is a camera I can hold!
Here’s a little description of the grip from Richards website:
This Custom Grip is individually 3D CNC machined from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminium before being glass-bead blasted, black-anodized and nickel-sealed for durability and good looks.
The beauty part is that you just tape it onto the camera with special 3M tape which is already mounted on the grip. It is a pretty simple operation and not unimportant: it will stay on! The grip really completes this camera and I don’t understand that Canon has not put some kind of grip on it in the first place. It doesn’t make the camera any bigger! The grip doesn’t stick out more than the retracted lens. Ok so now it is pretty much perfect? Ehm no.
The little ring on the backside of the camera that adjusts your aperture or +/- exposure is very easily changed with the touch of your thumb which is not a good thing. You really have to watch this little bugger for unintentional re-ajusting of your exposure settings. Once you know this you’ll be fine.
The Upside (Conclusion)
Well pretty much everyting on this camera is great. Give or take a little ajustment ring and no grip whatsoever. The camera handles very well, is very small so unobtrusive, has a great lens and sensor (a little larger than the average compact camera) and thus great image quality. It is not DSLR-like but still it is hard to tell the difference. The real plus is: this camera shoots RAW which is great although the out-of-camera JPG’s are pretty damn good. I also like the menu on the camera and the 3 inch screen is a real beauty. The S95 performs really well under low lighting conditions with the 2.0 lens (at 28mm). This is also a fine camera for streetphotography because of the unobtrusive nature of the camera and although there is a slight shutter-lag which you can get used to. At least I did. Also the camera is very silent. A real plus. The S95 also shoots HD movies with various effects which can be fun. This is a real snapshooter and always on my side. I am very positive about this one and I’m not even sponsored by Canon.
Image shot with Canon S95