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12-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #1
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New "House" P&S (Canon S95)

I picked up the S95 a few weekends ago for a "house" camera to replace my broken G9. Managed to get it on a good sale including an extra battery so it made sense to just dive in. I chose it over the 300HS because it has just enough "play" factor to keep it interesting when you don't have your DSLR around and want to be able to somewhat creative with your shooting

Still getting used to the settings but as mentioned by others, I found myself putting it into Av with -1/3 exposure for a proper "look". The focus ring is a nice feature although a bit unwieldy with a camera body that small (try doing manual focus; enough to give you hand cramps!).

The mode selector button could be a little easier to manipulate; I imagine it will get easier to rotate over time. One feature that is actually pretty handy is the smile detector when you want to take a group shot or arm's length portrait with someone else.

One thing that is really nice to have, especially for food shots, is the built-in macro; not as close as some cameras, but manageable and actually gets some pretty good detail.

Still need to spend more time playing with the various settings as well as needing to get out of the house, but so far, it seems like it was worth the dollars spent. Now to find a way to justify getting myself something a little more advanced...

Some sample pics:

Early Christmas party



Lunch at Lorenzo's in Bellingham



Requisite low-light Christmas ornaments



"Red"



Freshly baked blueberry & banana bread



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I have had my S95 for a year and while it does not see nearly as much use as my "big" cameras, it is so compact that I can always bring it with me and get shots I would otherwise have missed. The IQ is quite good for a compact, though (especially at higher ISOs) nowhere near say my 7D.
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Agreed. The portability is really the selling factor for the S95; fits in my wife's purse when I'm not carrying my camera bag... :-p

Despite the K-5 having Live View and video, I have yet to utilize either feature since I purchased it other than to see if it was working properly. Funny how I find it difficult to use a DSLR like a P&S, yet I can turn around, grab the S95, and be completely at home taking pics at arms length...

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Yeah, I am the same way. I used Liveview a few times on the 7D when shooting with the 400/5.6 and 1.4x since phase detect AF quit working at that point, but other than that I have had no real use for it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by legacyb4 Quote
Despite the K-5 having Live View and video, I have yet to utilize either feature since I purchased it other than to see if it was working properly. Funny how I find it difficult to use a DSLR like a P&S, yet I can turn around, grab the S95, and be completely at home taking pics at arms length...
That's because LiveView in our SLRs is not as well implemented. The refresh rate is slower - probably because it's hard to read and process information from an APS-sized sensor as fast as you can do it with a smaller sensor..
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