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Canon PowerShot A95 4 to 5 Megapixel

4.14/5 (7 Reviews)


  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution5.3 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens38 - 114 mm
    Digital Zoom4.1x
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focus Range17.72 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range1.97 - 17.72 in. (w) / 9.84 - 17.72 in. (t)
    Focal Length7.8 - 23.4 mm
    Camera Resolution5.3 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120
    Video Speed15 fps
    Max Movie Length180 Seconds
    Video FormatAVI
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.9 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset)
    Frames Per Second2 Frames
    Memory TypeCompactFlash Card Type I
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG
    File Size (High Res.)2.9 MB (44 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.1 MB (about 1,280 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 50 • 100 • 200 • 400
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    ViewfinderOptical
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size1.8 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution118,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWith LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Type4 x AA Batteries
    Battery Life400 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP
    Width3.98 in.
    Depth1.37 in.
    Height2.54 in.
    Weight0.52 lb.
    Included Accessories4 x AA Batteries • Software • USB Cable • Video Cable • Hand Strap • 32 MB Memory Card • Driver
    Release DateSeptember, 2004
    Product ID22593275

Product Description

The sophisticated 5.0 megapixel A95 gives you the awe-inspiring resolution to create larger prints and brilliant on-screen images with extraordinary detail. Its powerful advanced features make everything easy. While its gleaming high-end design has a standard of style and elegance that stands out.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Vernon Bishop a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2009

Strengths:    I like the camera .It is easy to use.If it weren't for the problem outlined above, I could recommend it.

Bottom Line:   
This camera was a gift that I enjoyed for the first year or 2.However, even then I would get pictures that were blurry and had a pink tint. I assumed that it was related to my being an amateur. However, I continue to get more and more pictures that have this imperfection. It has become a real pain in the neck. I haven't got any explanation as to the cause or remedy.
I hope that this contact will direct me to the root of the problem and tell me how we can correct it.
Vernon Bishop

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Seberger a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2006

Strengths:    +++ Resolution: 5.0 megapixels, with optical (and digital, for what it's worth) zoom
+++ Rotating / swivel-out preview LCD (this is a very nice feature!)
+++ Takes short-duration videos with sound (at relatively low resolution & sound quality)
+++ Great close-ups possible with manual-focus feature (default is auto-focus)
+++ Easy to copy photos from camera to computer (camera shows up as a USB drive, then drag-and-drop; or remove the CF card; Print/Share button)
+++ Built-in flash
+++ Zoom lens
+++ Easy to browse / delete photos while they're still on the camera
+++ Numerous shooting modes
+++ Numerous menu options and features I haven't even figured out how to use yet!!!
+++ Cost is low, and is more than offset by the high quality of photos, and the rich variety of features.


Weaknesses:    - Low-light shots are *probably* going to turn out poorly (unless you use a tripod)
- Shots of moving subjects are *probably* going to be blurry
- Takes 4 @ AA batteries, and battery life is relatively short -- always keep a spare set on hand, and use rechargeable to save $$
- Size and weight are significant -- similar to an old-time point & shoot 35mm. In other words, this is NOT a camera you just slide into your pocket and carry around for extended periods of time.
- Shutter lag is a bit tedious...I don't know what the published shutter delay is, but if your subject is fickle (e.g. a child), you need to press the shutter EARLY and hope it finally clicks the picture when your subject is cooperating.


Bottom Line:   
The camera takes excellent quality pictures, and has a ton of built-in features to take advantage of. Definitely the best digital camera I've owned (so far).

Camera is best suited to still pictures, or those with only minor movements occurring. Good lighting (or at least, enough light for the flash to make up the difference) is a must. So far, I have not had good results with it in low-light or with fast-motion subjects.

Considering the price, the feature set, and the ease-of-use, this is a GREAT camera for beginners to intermediate level photographers.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Rollei D41 Com, 4.1 megapixel; Zeiss lens; similar (but fewer) features than the Canon A95 -- also took great quality photos. Only real problems I had with the Rollei were:

* the shutter lag -- the Canon has a comparable issue.
* the software and/or driver that came with the Rollei was horrible. The A95 is MUCH easier to use.
* feature set on the Rollei was limited, compared to the A95.


AGFA ePhoto -- this is the very 1st digital camera I bought, back in 1999. Not really fair to compare it to the Canon, as the ePhoto was a non-zoom camera, with a top resolution of 1024 x 768...not even 1.0 megapixel! Needless to say, the A95 runs circles around the ePhoto, in all areas!


Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2005

Strengths:    1.In low light the camera focuses accurately. (AF-assist lamp).
2.The LCD has an auto-gain function (Visible in low light).
3.Full manual controls.
4.(There are 14 shooting modes + 8 scene mode).
5.Have very good micro modes.
6.Save favourite settings.
7.Excellent battery life.
8.Flip-out LCD (you can rotate it to 360 degree).
9.Excellent color.
10.Very good photo quality.
11.Easy to use.
12.Good software included.
13.Very good value for money (cheap).
14.Cheap CF cheap too.


Weaknesses:    1.Redeye (redeye reducing is not as should be).
2.Date printing is available only at the 1600 x 1200 resolution.
3.Plastic tripod Mount.
4.Steps zoom don’t give a flexibility to get the range that you want.
5.Charger and NiMH AA battery not included.
6.Memory door is plastic and not comfortable to open.
7.Batteries door is plastic and not comfortable to open too.


Bottom Line:   
Very good pictures, very sharp! And colors are excellent. Good low light preformed with excellent battery life (NiMH). Good build quality. I’m not interested in movie mode (this camera is to take pictures not make movies and if I want movie camera I will buy a video camera). This camera looks like canon A85 or canon A75 in functioning with more pixels and Flip out LCD. The picture quality I think is better (is sharper) and better build quality (more metal). However this is cheap camera with very good result. If you use 2500 mAh NiMH battery, it never gets finish. I’m very impress with battery life. You have the same photo quality even to the last minute of batteries discharging which is making differences with another digital camera. One thing is not too important to me there is discharging warning in last minute. I think this is one of the best digital compact cameras in the market. This is a camera that you can take it everywhere with full manual control and 14 shooting modes + a special eight scene mode included for Foliage, snow, beach, fireworks, underwater, indoor, kids & pets and night snapshot help you to take your shot in every situation. I bought SanDisk CompactFlash 256MB Ultra II (write 9 MB/s, read 10 MB/s). This makes the camera faster.

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Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Sweden

Similar Products Used:   Olympus C750 UZ, Canon A75, Canon A85, System Camera.



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by positivelectron5 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2005

Strengths:    Rotation LCD
Scene Modes perfect for wide variety of situations
Full Manual COntrol
Style
Uses CompactFlash which is larger but much cheaper than other forms of memory
Accepts Lens Adapters


Weaknesses:    Can have slow shutter response
640x480 movie mode only 30 seconds
Could have larger lcd
Only 3x Zoom
A little heavy
Flimsy Memory Card Cover


Bottom Line:   
This camera is perfect for my needs. It fits all situations ranging from automatic to full manual control. For the less-experienced user who still wants the picture settings to fit the scene there are plenty of scene modes to use. The picture quality of the 8x10s I have printed is excellent.

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Price Paid:    $311.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy

Similar Products Used:   Fuji E550 (I won this but chose to keep the A95 which I had purchased only one week before because overall I liked it much more)
Canon S200
Pentax Optio S
Olympus C-3000




Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by davidis a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2005

Strengths:    1)High image quality for outdoor ( both in a day and night), indoor and macro
2)Large swiveling 1.8’ monitor combines visibility in daylight and indoors, color accuracy, and image sharpness. It has "gain up" mode in dim condition
3)AA size battery (2300mah) ensures to make over 400 shots
4)Very comfortable easy in use
5)Full manual and 17 scenes
6)Accuracy focusing in light and dim conditions
7)The lens is sharp and has low distortion
8)Good software
9)Easy manual


Weaknesses:    1) later warning about discharging of batteries
2) no regulations of optical viewfinder
2) can not see the CF as remuvable drive
4)Small CF (32 MB)in package
5) Limitation on Video (30sec.on 640x480, 3min on 320x240) mode


Bottom Line:   
Great camera for such money. I am very happy.

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Price Paid:    $308.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   Canon A70,A80, Nicon d70




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