Canon PowerShot S95

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

The pocket camera for the serious photographer

With HS System and f/2 lens, the 10.0 MP PowerShot S95 excels in low light. HD Movies, RAW and unique lens Control Ring for manual control make it the pocket camera for the serious photographer.

  • HS System and f/2 lens
  • High-sensitivity 10.0 MP CCD
  • 28 mm wide, 3.8x zoom lens, Hybrid IS
  • Lens Control Ring, Full Manual and RAW
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • HD movies, HDMI
  • High Dynamic Range mode
  • Smart Auto
  • Multi-Aspect Shooting
  • Optional Waterproof Case

HS System with high-sensitivity 10.0 MP CCD sensor

The ability to shoot at higher ISO speeds and maintain excellent image quality is a key feature of the PowerShot S95. The HS System is a powerful combination of high-sensitivity sensor coupled with the latest DIGIC 4 image processor for outstanding image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions, including low light.

F/2.0 28 mm wide, 3.8x zoom lens with Hybrid Image Stabilizer

The fast f/2.0 lens allows the user to shoot without a tripod or flash in darker conditions. The optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake up to 4-stops, while Hybrid IS gives sharper results in macro scenes.

Lens Control Ring, Full Manual and RAW

The lens Control Ring allows quick access to manual adjustments. Various functions can be controlled by the ring such as zoom, aperture, shutter speed, focusing, ISO or exposure compensation. RAW capture is also possible for post-processing in the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD

A bright and clear LCD with a tempered glass layer improves strength and ensures high visibility even when shooting in bright conditions.

HD Movies, HDMI

HD movies are now made possible in 720p at 24fps. The user can record HD movies with stereo sound and play back via the HDMI terminal.

High Dynamic Range mode

In high contrast scenes, a conventional digital camera can struggle to capture detail in shadows and highlights. When mounted on a tripod the High Dynamic Range shooting mode takes multiple exposures of the same scene and combines them in-camera to capture a high contrast scene in detail.

Smart Auto

Smart Auto uses Scene Detection Technology to detect the appropriate scene from a possible 28, to obtain the best result. Smart Flash Exposure intelligently controls flash power and usage to ensure natural photographs.

Multi-Aspect Shooting

The user can shoot in a range of formats including 3:2, 1:1, 16:9 and 4:5. This allows perfect composition at the time of shooting without the need to post-process.

Optional Waterproof Case

Keep your PowerShot S95 safe and dry with the optional waterproof case, which allows you to protect your camera and take it underwater down to depths of up to 40 m.

Product Specification


Type 1/1.7 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 6.0 - 22.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 105 mm)
Zoom Optical 3.8x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹) ². Combined Approx. 15x
Maximum f/number f/2.0-f/4.9
Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (2 double-sided aspherical elements including 1 UA element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop, Hybrid IS


Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous (only available in Auto mode), Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 5 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
AEB 1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
Speed 1 - 1/1600 sec. (factory default)
15 - 1/1600 sec. (total range - varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom
White Balance Correction


Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G (TFT), Approx. 461,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/1600 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm - 6.5 m (W) / 3.0 m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1


Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Low Light (2.5MP), SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap, High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Nostalgic, Stitch Assist), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.9 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²


Image Size 4:3 - (L & RAW) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
16:9 - (L) 3648 x 2048, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L)3648 x 2432, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2736 x 2736, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
4:5 - (L) 2192 x 2736, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 24 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Movie Length Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)¹
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L, M)²


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes


Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x - 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)


Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus


PC & Macintosh Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.4 – 10.6 (Intel processor required)


Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional for RAW development


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L (NB-6L battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 200 shots¹
Approx. 300 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40


Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-1450
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC38, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100


Operating Environment 0 - 40 °C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 99.8 x 58.4 x 29.5 mm
Weight Approx. 193 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: 1280 x 720, 30 fps Speed Class 4 or above. 1920 x 1080, 30 fps Speed Class 6.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.