Canon PowerShot A95 5 Megapixel Compact Camera

1.8" LCD - 3x Optical Zoom - 4.1x - 32 MB CompactFlash CF Card Included - 2592 x 1944 Image - 640 x 480 Video - PictBridge - MPN: 9459A001
Product Details
Description
The phenomenal PowerShot A95 lets you take your digital photography where it's never gone before. The sophisticated 5.0 Megapixel CCD, gives you the awe-inspiring resolution to create larger prints and brilliant on-screen images with extraordinary detail. Its powerful array of advanced shooting and convenience features makes everything easy. While its gleaming high-end design has a standard of style and elegance that stands out.
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Memory Card Support CompactFlash (CF) Card
Effective Megapixels 5 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
normalized-Weight 8.29
Expert Reviews
Canon PowerShot A95
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Oct 18, 2004

Every now and then, a digicam comes along that just seems to get everything right, and the Canon PowerShot A95 is one of these. In virtually all respects (color, resolution, image noise), its images are good to excellent, and its range of features and capabilities is hard to beat for the price. Its 5-megapixel CCD and good-quality lens deliver sharp images with good color and little distortion. At the same time, it manages to make just the right tradeoff between image noise and sharpness, delivering plenty of the latter, with very little of the former. (A difficult balance for any camera, and one that many models get wrong.) Its combination of automatic and manual features make it very approachable for novices, but interesting for experienced users, the net result being a camera that will satisfy a broad range of interests and provide a good path for novice users to expand their photographic horizons as their experience grows. Other features like its excellent battery life and nifty tilt/swivel LCD are added bonuses. Bottom line, if you're looking for a great "all around" digicam for either individual or family, the Canon PowerShot A95 deserves serious consideration.

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Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera Review
4 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Aug 31, 2005

The Canon PowerShot A95 is an entry level digital camera introduced in August 2004. This camera succeeds the A80, which stocks a 3.9 megapixel CCD. The updated PowerShot A95 comes with 5 effective megapixels, a 38-114mm optical zoom lens and a large 1.8-inch LCD monitor for a suggested retail price of $399.95. The A95 has many pragmatic advantages to offer, including a reasonable price tag, manual control options, and rotating 1.8” LCD monitor as well as a host of automatic preset controls. But the A95 also contains a few strong deterrents, particularly its lack of control over stray noise and inadequate movie mode.

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User Reviews
Doesn
1 Star Review   By member sergiogabari - Nov 6, 2007   

Weakness: all

I bought it three years ago and I got the same problem three times. Canon doesn't want to accept it's its fault and is asking me for 200€ to repair it.

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Overall great camera
4 Star Review   By member sz - Jun 2, 2006   

Strengths: Swivel/flip LCD, manual controls, accepts add-on lenses, optical viewfinder, produces nice pictures, accepts AA batteries and CompactFlash, PictBridge support

Weakness: Relatively small screen, flash takes a while to recharge at times, prominent ISO noise above 200, tends to have blown-out highlights and fringing

Having previously owned a Powershot A70 and had a good experience with it, I expected as much from the A95. It delivered. I particularly like the ability to select manual exposure, white balance, focus, etc., which you don't see on too many cameras. I have only a few concerns. First of all, there is noticeable fringing in some shots, especially those taken indoors with bright fluorescent lighting. Also, there is prominent ISO noise above 200 (with a range of 50-400). Autofocusing is slower than more modern cameras, but that's to be expected of anything that's seen a few years in production. Overall, I am satisfied with this camera; I just wish it were a bit faster.

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Great camera
5 Star Review   By member dhiru_lko - Nov 25, 2005   

Strengths: Good pictures, Easy to use, Lot of options

Weakness: a bit bulky, needs four battery.

This is a great camera. Picture quality is very good. It uses 4 AA batteries for power, so it is a bit heavy. The upside to this is that it has very good battery life. I would have liked if greater optical zoom is available in this model. Overall, this is one of the best point-and-shoot digital cameras you can buy. I am very satisfied with this purchase.

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Sdshortcake from OH
4 Star Review   By member sdshortcake - Sep 28, 2005   

Strengths: Very crisp clear pictures.

Weakness: Slow shutter speed, still has red eyes after set on "no red eye" setting, Heaving because of the 4 AA batteries, night mode is blurry when to much light is going on.

Over all the A95 is a great camer. Still a few things I need to learn about the camera. If it was smaller and not as heavy would be more conveniant to take while on walks or someplace you don't want to take a bag in.

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Skeptical at First
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Loads of features, able to use regular AA batteries if need be, though this could get expensive.

Weakness: LCD screen washes out in the sun and makes it hard to see image.

I purchased this camera in Dec 04' as my first digital camera. I was a bit hesitant and sceptical of digital being a regular user of the traditional SLR camera and film. Took it on a trip to Germany in Dec and upon my return had the pics printed. I was very impressed with the quality of the pics it takes. As a first time buyer of a digital camera I would recommend the A95 to peopel to buy. It gives you loads of advanced features but is just as good as a point & shoot. I have now started to use it more and more over my old 35mm SLR. The next big test for it will be my trip to Europe in Sept.

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I love this camera!
5 Star Review   By member bigun450 - Aug 20, 2005   

Strengths: Many!

Weakness: Few.

Extremely happy with this camera. Great photographs, cool features, feels great in the hand, etc. Haven't figured out some of the low light features yet. I love that it has some advanced features to go with it's point and shoot capabilities.

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great pictures but bulky camera
5 Star Review   By member mayarizona - Aug 11, 2005   

Strengths: great picture quality

Weakness: size and weight

This is my third digital camera and the picture quality was excellent. I take pictures and crop them down to post on the internet and these were very clear. But the camera weighs 11.8 ounces and taking it on vacation was a problem. Carrying a wallet, some sunglasses and this camera is a heavy load. The camera is a little too big to fit in a pocket. I read the manual twice but still found a lot of features I would never use. Perhaps in time I will be inspired to learn new photo skills and use these features. I liked that it takes AA batteries. I ran out of battery in Bali and was able to solve my problem for $1. It would have ruined my vacation not to be able to shoot any more photos. But again the size- I found myself jealous of all those women slipping their tiny cameras into their pocket. It is hard for me to rate the A-95. It is the best camera I ever had but the wrong camera for me. I would not buy it again.

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Canon a95
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Outstanding photos

Weakness: Truly Flimsy body

NOTE: This is a wonderful camera, however, consider buying an alternative with a metal body. My a95 was IN a protective case and suffered major damage from a slight blow resulting in a body crack on FAILURE to function with a Canon bill of over $100- to repair NOT covered by warranty. Canon seems to be going to metal bodies on some of their deluxe powershot series, also, current announcement of their new digital SLR EOS 20D with "rigid mag body for outstanding durability". Numerous postings are now appearing on the net regarding this issue. BEWARE!

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2 Star Review   By member Steve D - Mar 28, 2005   

Strengths: Nice Pictures

Weakness: Canon will not honor warranty, CF cards pins too delicate

Canon will not honor warranty, CF cards pins too delicate I bought the A95 4 months ago. This past month, when I was on vacation, I brought the camera into a camera store to download the pictures onto a CD-ROM. The clerk removed and then re-inserted the CF card. Camera stopped working soon after. Returned camera to Canon. They charged me $155 to fix the bent pins where the CF card is inserted. CF card only goes in 1 way, how did they get bent? I normally use the USB cord to download pictures from the camera. My first Canon (A70) broke after 18 months. American Express refunded me the money under their extended warranty policy. So I bought the A95. My friend told me he was warned by a store clerk that downloading via USB will wear the camera out. Maybe they are right. No more Canon's for me.

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5 Star Review   By member Jailerman - Mar 6, 2005   

Strengths: Great camera. Just as good as my Nikon 70 SLR. I like the fact that I can use auto or manual. The A95 has everything needed to take fantastic pictures.

I am so glad I read Dave's Picks. After reading the reviews I bought the A95. If I had just gone and bought any digital I know I would not have been as happy as I am with this camera. I also purchased a canon ip3000 photo printer. Professional looking photographs. I will check Dave's picks when ever I am buying anything in the future.

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Product Details
Description
The phenomenal PowerShot A95 lets you take your digital photography where it's never gone before. The sophisticated 5.0 Megapixel CCD, gives you the awe-inspiring resolution to create larger prints and brilliant on-screen images with extraordinary detail. Its powerful array of advanced shooting and convenience features makes everything easy. While its gleaming high-end design has a standard of style and elegance that stands out.
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Memory Card Support CompactFlash (CF) Card
Effective Megapixels 5 Megapixel
Camera Type Compact Camera
normalized-Optical Zoom 3
normalized-Weight 8.29
Summary
Product Title Canon PowerShot A95 5 Megapixel Compact Camera
Manufacturer Canon
Power Score 4.6 | 38 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 5300000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
Lens Features
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 38 mm to 114 mm
Optical Zoom: 3 X
Digital Zoom: 4.1x
Focal Length: 7.80 mm to 23.40 mm
Max Aperture: 4.9 1/f
Storage
Removable Flash Memory Included: 32 MB Secure Digital (SD) Card
Dimensions
Height: 2.5 in
Weight: 8.29 oz
Width: 4.0 in
Depth: 1.4 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Optical
Image Format: DPOF, EXIF, JPEG
Product Line: PowerShot
Max Focal Length: 114 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/2000 Second
Product Model: A95
Brand Name: Canon
Number of Resolution Modes: 6
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted Average, Evaluative, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed: 15 sec.
White Balance Modes: AutoCustomPre-set:DaylightCloudyTungstenFluorescentFluorescent HManual
Green Compliance: RoHS, Energy Star
Min Focus Distance: 18 in
Description: Canon PowerShot A95 5.0MP
Bulb Setting: No
Max Zoom: 12 X
Camera Modes: Shooting Modes:AutoMoviesStitch AssistCreative Zone:Program autoShutter priorityAperture priorityManualCustomImage Zone:PortraitLandscapeNight sceneFast shutterSlow shutterSpecial Scene Modes:FoliageSnowBeachFireworksUnderwaterIndoorKids & PetsNight SnapshotPhoto Effects Modes:VividNeutralLow SharpeningSepiaBlack & WhitePlayback Modes:Single (1 image)Index (9 thumbnail images)Slide showMovie Magnification (approx. 2-10x)MagnifiedAuto RotateRotationHistogramSound Memos (up to 60 sec.)Auto PlayErase Modes:Still Images:Single ImageAll ImagesMovie:Part of MovieAll Movie
HD Movie Mode: No
Frequency Band: Sensitivity:Auto*ISO 50ISO 100ISO 200ISO 400*Camera automatically sets the optimum speed.
Maximum Shutter Speed: 2000 1/f
PictBridge: Yes
Exposure Settings: Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes, Shutter Priority
Memory Card Type Include: Secure Digital (SD) Card
Product Series: A
White Balance: Auto, Manual, Preset Modes
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Multiple Point Focusing
GPS: No
General Features: Flash Cancel (On/Off), Red-Eye Reduction, Self Timer
Maximum Image Resolution: 2592 x 1944
Included Components: Carrying Strap, PC Connection Cable, Recording Media
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Exposure Control: Program AEShutter-Priority AEAperture-Priority AEManual
Power Source: (4) AA Battery, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery
Image Sensor Size: 0.56 in
Min Aperture: 2.8 1/f
SKU: D9459A001
Number of Batteries Support: 4
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 200, 400, 50
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2592 pixels
Min Focal Length: 38 mm
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 1944 pixels
Expert Reviews
Canon PowerShot A95
5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Oct 18, 2004

Every now and then, a digicam comes along that just seems to get everything right, and the Canon PowerShot A95 is one of these. In virtually all respects (color, resolution, image noise), its images are good to excellent, and its range of features and capabilities is hard to beat for the price. Its 5-megapixel CCD and good-quality lens deliver sharp images with good color and little distortion. At the same time, it manages to make just the right tradeoff between image noise and sharpness, delivering plenty of the latter, with very little of the former. (A difficult balance for any camera, and one that many models get wrong.) Its combination of automatic and manual features make it very approachable for novices, but interesting for experienced users, the net result being a camera that will satisfy a broad range of interests and provide a good path for novice users to expand their photographic horizons as their experience grows. Other features like its excellent battery life and nifty tilt/swivel LCD are added bonuses. Bottom line, if you're looking for a great "all around" digicam for either individual or family, the Canon PowerShot A95 deserves serious consideration.

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Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera Review
4 Star Review  Digitalcamerainfo.com - Aug 31, 2005

The Canon PowerShot A95 is an entry level digital camera introduced in August 2004. This camera succeeds the A80, which stocks a 3.9 megapixel CCD. The updated PowerShot A95 comes with 5 effective megapixels, a 38-114mm optical zoom lens and a large 1.8-inch LCD monitor for a suggested retail price of $399.95. The A95 has many pragmatic advantages to offer, including a reasonable price tag, manual control options, and rotating 1.8” LCD monitor as well as a host of automatic preset controls. But the A95 also contains a few strong deterrents, particularly its lack of control over stray noise and inadequate movie mode.

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User Reviews
Doesn
1 Star Review   By member sergiogabari - Nov 6, 2007   

Weakness: all

I bought it three years ago and I got the same problem three times. Canon doesn't want to accept it's its fault and is asking me for 200€ to repair it.

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Overall great camera
4 Star Review   By member sz - Jun 2, 2006   

Strengths: Swivel/flip LCD, manual controls, accepts add-on lenses, optical viewfinder, produces nice pictures, accepts AA batteries and CompactFlash, PictBridge support

Weakness: Relatively small screen, flash takes a while to recharge at times, prominent ISO noise above 200, tends to have blown-out highlights and fringing

Having previously owned a Powershot A70 and had a good experience with it, I expected as much from the A95. It delivered. I particularly like the ability to select manual exposure, white balance, focus, etc., which you don't see on too many cameras. I have only a few concerns. First of all, there is noticeable fringing in some shots, especially those taken indoors with bright fluorescent lighting. Also, there is prominent ISO noise above 200 (with a range of 50-400). Autofocusing is slower than more modern cameras, but that's to be expected of anything that's seen a few years in production. Overall, I am satisfied with this camera; I just wish it were a bit faster.

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Great camera
5 Star Review   By member dhiru_lko - Nov 25, 2005   

Strengths: Good pictures, Easy to use, Lot of options

Weakness: a bit bulky, needs four battery.

This is a great camera. Picture quality is very good. It uses 4 AA batteries for power, so it is a bit heavy. The upside to this is that it has very good battery life. I would have liked if greater optical zoom is available in this model. Overall, this is one of the best point-and-shoot digital cameras you can buy. I am very satisfied with this purchase.

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Sdshortcake from OH
4 Star Review   By member sdshortcake - Sep 28, 2005   

Strengths: Very crisp clear pictures.

Weakness: Slow shutter speed, still has red eyes after set on "no red eye" setting, Heaving because of the 4 AA batteries, night mode is blurry when to much light is going on.

Over all the A95 is a great camer. Still a few things I need to learn about the camera. If it was smaller and not as heavy would be more conveniant to take while on walks or someplace you don't want to take a bag in.

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Skeptical at First
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Loads of features, able to use regular AA batteries if need be, though this could get expensive.

Weakness: LCD screen washes out in the sun and makes it hard to see image.

I purchased this camera in Dec 04' as my first digital camera. I was a bit hesitant and sceptical of digital being a regular user of the traditional SLR camera and film. Took it on a trip to Germany in Dec and upon my return had the pics printed. I was very impressed with the quality of the pics it takes. As a first time buyer of a digital camera I would recommend the A95 to peopel to buy. It gives you loads of advanced features but is just as good as a point & shoot. I have now started to use it more and more over my old 35mm SLR. The next big test for it will be my trip to Europe in Sept.

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I love this camera!
5 Star Review   By member bigun450 - Aug 20, 2005   

Strengths: Many!

Weakness: Few.

Extremely happy with this camera. Great photographs, cool features, feels great in the hand, etc. Haven't figured out some of the low light features yet. I love that it has some advanced features to go with it's point and shoot capabilities.

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great pictures but bulky camera
5 Star Review   By member mayarizona - Aug 11, 2005   

Strengths: great picture quality

Weakness: size and weight

This is my third digital camera and the picture quality was excellent. I take pictures and crop them down to post on the internet and these were very clear. But the camera weighs 11.8 ounces and taking it on vacation was a problem. Carrying a wallet, some sunglasses and this camera is a heavy load. The camera is a little too big to fit in a pocket. I read the manual twice but still found a lot of features I would never use. Perhaps in time I will be inspired to learn new photo skills and use these features. I liked that it takes AA batteries. I ran out of battery in Bali and was able to solve my problem for $1. It would have ruined my vacation not to be able to shoot any more photos. But again the size- I found myself jealous of all those women slipping their tiny cameras into their pocket. It is hard for me to rate the A-95. It is the best camera I ever had but the wrong camera for me. I would not buy it again.

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Canon a95
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Outstanding photos

Weakness: Truly Flimsy body

NOTE: This is a wonderful camera, however, consider buying an alternative with a metal body. My a95 was IN a protective case and suffered major damage from a slight blow resulting in a body crack on FAILURE to function with a Canon bill of over $100- to repair NOT covered by warranty. Canon seems to be going to metal bodies on some of their deluxe powershot series, also, current announcement of their new digital SLR EOS 20D with "rigid mag body for outstanding durability". Numerous postings are now appearing on the net regarding this issue. BEWARE!

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2 Star Review   By member Steve D - Mar 28, 2005   

Strengths: Nice Pictures

Weakness: Canon will not honor warranty, CF cards pins too delicate

Canon will not honor warranty, CF cards pins too delicate I bought the A95 4 months ago. This past month, when I was on vacation, I brought the camera into a camera store to download the pictures onto a CD-ROM. The clerk removed and then re-inserted the CF card. Camera stopped working soon after. Returned camera to Canon. They charged me $155 to fix the bent pins where the CF card is inserted. CF card only goes in 1 way, how did they get bent? I normally use the USB cord to download pictures from the camera. My first Canon (A70) broke after 18 months. American Express refunded me the money under their extended warranty policy. So I bought the A95. My friend told me he was warned by a store clerk that downloading via USB will wear the camera out. Maybe they are right. No more Canon's for me.

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5 Star Review   By member Jailerman - Mar 6, 2005   

Strengths: Great camera. Just as good as my Nikon 70 SLR. I like the fact that I can use auto or manual. The A95 has everything needed to take fantastic pictures.

I am so glad I read Dave's Picks. After reading the reviews I bought the A95. If I had just gone and bought any digital I know I would not have been as happy as I am with this camera. I also purchased a canon ip3000 photo printer. Professional looking photographs. I will check Dave's picks when ever I am buying anything in the future.

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4 Star Review   By member sherseifert - Jan 25, 2005   

Strengths: The camera takes photos w/good clarity, is lightweight and easy to handle. Many features to use (which I have not tried yet). Viewing screen flips out for timed use.

Weakness: The camera is a bit slow to focus and definitely too slow in actual shutter action.

So far, I like this camera. I like that the view screen flips out and look forward to using it in timed photos;my daughter likes seeing herself in the screen when I take a photo of her. I haven't used the movie feature yet. The plastic door for the compact flash has been no problem unlike other reviews I've read. I do wish it had a neck strap w/it, not just a wrist strap as I'm fearful I'll bang it or drop it w/the wrist strap. The photos are easy to transfer to your computer. There are many features which is a plus...since I don't use it everyday however, I must continually refer to the manual to use the features each time.

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5 Star Review   By member fwalden_go_bearcats - Jan 10, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent Pictures, Much better low light pictures than the other $500 digital camera that I have

Weakness: None so far

I would recommend this camera for the price. The software is very easy to use and I like the filing system compared to the Fuji or Kodak software.

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5 Star Review   By member donpress - Dec 29, 2004   

Strengths: Great color, ease to use and very solid feeling. Uses CF cards and AA batteries that are available everywhere. Quick start up. Canon reputation.

Weakness: 4x or 5x optical would be better.

I have an older Casio QV3000 and bought my Mom the A95 for Xmas. I used it and was so impressed I bought one for myself.

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5 Star Review   By member PHDXBUG - Dec 27, 2004   

Strengths: Great picture quality. Easy transfer to my computer or other applications. My first digital and has been so much easier because of the comprehensive manuel included--excellent camera.

Weakness: So far-- I have seen no weaknesses. I couldn't be happier.

I had done much research on digital cameras. Reading reviews on CNET, in PC World Magazine, as well as PC Magazine. This Canon PowerShot A95 has all you need to get started without being intimidated; but plenty of features that can expand your picture taking abilities as time goes by. I am impressed with the picture quality and the ease of use this camera offers. Even a novice like myself can take fantastic pitures; with minimal starting expertise. It also gives me room to grow as my knowledge of digital photography expands. I highly recommend the A95 to anyone looking for a great camera at a very reasonable investment.

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5 Star Review   By member metazbad - Dec 16, 2004   

Strengths: Excellent pictures, easy menu, many options, long battery life with rechargeables, folding monitor, and great video.

Weakness: weight, no anti-shake system

I owned a A-80 and was not satisfied with the pictures. One picture would be great and the next would not be acceptable. Canon got it right this time. No bad pictures. Take numerous videos and piece them together with the video software provided. The automatic mode seems flawless. The flash operates sometimes when it is not needed and turning off the flash is as easy as pressing the up arrow and retaking the shot. I purchased a 512mg Lexar 80 speed and the pictures copy imediately, ready for the next shot using the fine mode. I am very satisfied and recommended this camera to anyone.

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5 Star Review   By member music77057 - Dec 6, 2004   

Strengths: 1st Digital camera and it was a great investment. Pictures look GREAT! Just in time for the holidays. Love the adjustable view finder!

Weakness: Nothing really. Just buy a bigger memory card and NIMH batteries. These batteries have lasted me through 100 pictures!!

Over all this camera is a great investment. You do get a little bit of red eye but you can fix that or just take another picture. I really recommend it!

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5 Star Review   By member Fer8train - Dec 4, 2004   

Strengths: Nice size, Good/great battery life with rechargeables, Great picture quality, Lots or functions/shooting modes, easy to use and well layed out(buttons ect...)

Weakness: Really can't think or any at this time and most likely won't.

Canon is a great company and has always produced great products. This is my first Digital camera and I am very peased with it. The only thing that I have noticed with this camera that is close to a negative ocured with indoor shots. Once when taking pictures in morderate to low light the camera had a dificult time dispalying the picture to be taked on the LCD screen. Once the flash went off, the picture would come out almost perfect but on the darkside. Personally I Think it was just an unusual lighting situation that I was faced with. All in all I lover the camera and I think it takes great pictures.

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5 Star Review   By member littlprincess - Dec 3, 2004   

Strengths: Great camera for the price. The larger swivel screen is great. Great shooting modes, and camera is easy to use but has features of the higher end cameras.

Weakness: Night shots and bright bright sunlight shots weren't what I had hoped. My major complaint is that even with the bigger screen sometimes pictures that seem clear on the camera aren't when developed.

I've had the camera for about 6 months in which time I've been on vacation to Asia and had a chance to use many of the camera's 14 shooting modes. I was pretty impressed with the functionality of it and the simplicity of getting great shots. The only complaints are that sometimes pictures that seem clear on the screen are blurry when they are developed. The other main complaint is that the mode for shooting night shots isn't as great as I had hoped, I have only had a few awesome ones out of many many night shots. The underwater shots and panoramic shots (with a filter) have made up for it though. Overall this is a great camera and I am going to purchase one for my brother for christmas because he likes it too. On vacation many have been impressed with the quality of the pictures out of a pocket camera and said they are going to buy one too. So far out of the cameras I've seen on vacation nikon, kodak, etc. pocket cameras I've converted other fellow vacationers to switch to this.

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5 Star Review   By member sellmen - Dec 2, 2004   

Strengths: Excellent image quality. High resolution swivel LCD. Lots of new scene modes. Uses widely available AA batteries.

Weakness: Slightly noisier images than the A80, it's predecessor. Not the lightest camera available.

Canon's successor to the popular A80 improves on it's predeccessor in many ways. The most noticable upgrade is the new five megapixel CCD sensor, a one megapixel increase from the A80. This resolution upgrade does lead to slightly noiser images, but the difference is minimal. The A95 retains the swivel screen of the A80, but improves on it. The screen is now 1.8", up from 1.5" on the A80. The screen is easy to view in most lighting conditions - it is significantly higher resolution than the A80 screen, and the size upgrade makes it much easier on the eyes. The A95 has a compact, mostly metal body; it has a very solid feel to it. It is larger than the Digital Elph line, but smaller than Canon's G5/G6/S60/S70 cameras - it's a nice compromise between the two. The A95 nicely merges many of the features on Canon's higher end cameras with "stick it in you pocket" compactness the Digital Elph line offers. The A95 isn't the lightest camera around, because it uses four AA batteries for power. The upside to this is the outstanding battery life with rechargable NiMH batteries - I can get off several hundred shots with one set. AA's are so widely available compared with the propietary Lithium Ion battery packs that most cameras offer - you'll always be able to buy some alkalines in a pinch if your batteries run out. Image quality is simply excellent, much like the A80. Images are sharp, colors are excellent. I would have liked to have the 3X zoom lens start at a wider angle, but that's a minor complaint. Overall, this is one of the best point-and-shoot digital cameras you can buy. Highly recommended.

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4 Star Review   By member bluemetro - Nov 27, 2004   

Strengths: Great compact camera that fairly easy to use. Swivel LCD makes the camera highly flexible for a variety of shooting situations. Addition of manual controls cover all types of shooting conditions.

Weakness: The manual could be better written. The memory that comes with the camera is too small to be really useful. You'll need to upgrade the memory.

This is a great camera for the price. (I was able to get it on-line for $294.00) The body is comfortable to hold due to its shape. I can't say enough about the swivel LCD monitor. I've been able to take facial portraits of myself and another person by pointing the camera around to face us and all the while monitoring the framing of the shot with the LCD swiveled towards us. It also helps when shooting odd angle shots above or below your head level. The point and shoot AUTO mode is pretty reliable in terms of producing good output. The fun comes when you explore the manual settings. It allows for another level of creativity. The software that comes with the camera is easy to use and does a pretty good job of removing red-eye from shoots that the camera doesn't manage to get rid of. If you spend enough time with the written manual (which needs to be written a bit better) you can really have fun with this camera above and beyond the point and click mode.

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5 Star Review   By member gogirlusa - Nov 9, 2004   

Strengths: Everything!

Weakness: Can be noisy when zooming in and out.

I love this camera! The pictures are wonderful! I was originally looking at a Kodak and had the chance to try out a few. They seemed great and very easy to use. But then I got my hands on this canon and could not believe how much better the picture quality was! It was a thousand times better than any other camera I have tried out. It is a great point and shoot on the automatic setting for beginners but also has tons of manual settings for those who crave control. This is by far the best deal for the money at this point in time. Also, there are lots of add ons you can get like lenses and underwater cases etc. I would recommend this camera to ANYONE beginner or not because of its wonderful picture quality and great features!

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5 Star Review   By member benporter11 - Nov 8, 2004   

Strengths: Great resolution, tons of manual options

I upgraded from my A75 to this model because I wanted better resolution. This one is much better especially with skin tones. All the same great features of the A75, and not too much more expensive. Great 5 MP camera.

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5 Star Review   By member bayoudogs - Nov 1, 2004   

Strengths: on/off switch, multiple shooting setting i.e. fast moving objects, light weight, most controls are intuitive if you have had digitals before. Love the tilting/rotating view finder. No lens caps!

Weakness: the doors to batteries and CF slot seem flimsy.

I take pictures for the local animal shelter. There are several inherent issues - 1) the dogs and puppies don't really like to pose. You have "grab" shots so the setting for fast moving subjects has been wonderful. 2) often there is low light and this camera will let me take pictures in low light with a fast enough shutter speed that there is little to no motion blur. So far I love it. There are several things that I am getting used to just because they are different. I moved from a Minolta Dimage 404.

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5 Star Review   By member joysmahal - Oct 27, 2004   

Strengths: High quality 5MP pictures, Camera feels great in hand, swivel LCD screen, best bang for the buck camera.

Weakness: Included 32MB CF card is too small.

This camera is awesome. I upgraded from a Canon A70 and it was well worth the money. The Canon A95 uses 4 AA bateries, but it eats through normal alkalines way too fast. I highly recommend getting rechargeable NiMH AA batteries and a quick charger. The swivel screen is a major plus, it's 1.8" compared to 1.5" from the Canon A70. The screen is also higher resolution than the A70. I have used the camera for 3 weeks and printed about 50 pics so far. The pics look great and I even cropped to zoom in on some pictures and you couldn't see any sign of pixelation. I love the manual flexibility with this camera, plus the automatic modes make it easy for anyone to use. The camera has a nice solid feel to it and fits well in the hand. I prefer the Canon A95's size rather than the ultra compact cameras like Sony's T1 because you can easily hold the camera in one hand and take pics. But if you have an ultra compact camera, you have to hold it awkward and it my easily fall from your hand. I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking into getting a 5MP camera that's affordable, flexible, and normal size.

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5 Star Review   By member breeze2 - Oct 26, 2004   

Strengths: Big enough not to get lost. Rotating LCD screen. So many creative shooting modes even under water with special case. Excellent pictures. Fairly easy to use for first time user.

Weakness: Flimsy Card door. 32mb CF card to small.

After much research I decided on the Canon A95 due to its size and excellent features. This is my first digital camera and I looked at several smaller more compact camera's but had problems using some of the functions due to their small size. This camera is large enough to use all of the functions without getting lost. I really liked the rotating LCD screen and the many creative shooting modes. Being this is my first diital camera I found it takes high quality pictures and is fairly easy to use. The Card and battery doors are a little flimsy but with a little caution should not be a problem. Overall very happy with performance

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5 Star Review   By member chinmay77 - Oct 20, 2004   

Strengths: Excellent quality pictures, Nice flip out LCD display, compact, very easy to use, various shooting modes, price, mainly higher battery life with NiMH rechargeble battery

Weakness: limited 3X zoom, Compact flash card slot, bundle should include AC adapter

This is the best digital camera in its price range. It gives you all professional camera features and quality, yet much cheaper than expensive 8 megapixel digital cameras. Specifically, I am impressed with the picture quality of this camera, which is equal to expensive 8 megapixal cameras (which i have used for some time). Extra megapixals donot do anything in improving picture quality. To pay 400-500 dollars more for 8 megapixal cameras is not worth. I have used Nikon Coolpix 990 and Canon powershot A80 in last 3 years. Canon A95 is the best of all digital cameras I have seen. Its LCD screen is big and just fabulous in compare to A80. Red eye could be a problem but can be corrected with software OR just delete that picture and take another one !!!. If you make person not to look in camera, most of the red eye problems can be solved. Canon should give an option of saving pictures in RAW or TIFF format in this camera. Overall, I will strongly recommend this camera for everyone besides professional photographers.

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4 Star Review   By member gregoris - Oct 14, 2004   

Strengths: good size for 1 hand operation, flip out display, price

Weakness: a little heavier than most

I was drawn between the A95, and Nikon's 5200. Both are 5 mega pix, but the Canon has a flip out display and was a little less expensive. I am satisfied with the Canon. It has plenty of options, great picture quality, and is very simple to use. A good all around camera.

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4 Star Review   By member kirenrph - Oct 14, 2004   

Strengths: It has alot of extra features for more advanced photo.

Weakness: If you don't buy rechargable batteries, it will spend a lot of money on batteries.

This is my second digital camera. My previous one was a 2.2megapix. I like that the camera is easy to operate for non adavnced users and it also has many other advanced features such as: -Photo Effects: Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Neutral, Sepia and B&W -15 pre-programmed creative scene modes -Shutter speeds of 15 seconds Overall, I am happy with the camera.

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5 Star Review   By member jbsvacha - Oct 13, 2004   

Strengths: Reasonable Cost, 4-AA batteries (lower cost rechargeable with great life), good form and feel and features!

Weakness: None so far other than some redeye. I seem to get this with all my cameras. The software eliminated it completely and easily like magic!!!

I had used a competitve 3Meg camera a few weekends ago and their redeye reduction was not as thorough. I am looking forward to some great family shots with this camera. A lot of features to understand but that is a good thing! So far I have just played around with about 1/3 of the potential scene modes plus the video/sound recording. Nothing but praise so far. Good luck! It was between the digital rebel and this A95 but the A95 won out due to size/cost since this was my first digital camera. Maybe next year for the SLR since you know prices will continue to drop!

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5 Star Review   By member kjw557 - Oct 12, 2004   

Strengths: Very high image quality. LCD is bright in dark and light situations. Tons of maual features.

Weakness: Limited 3X zoom. Somewhat small for BIG hands. Redeye can be an issue, but is easily taken care of with the photo editor software.

This camera has all the manual features you could ever need at this level of digital photography. The FlexiZone AF is fast and allows you to focus anywhere in the frame. The swivel LCD comes in very handy, and is easily viewed in dark and bright situations. The output from the 5MP is outstanding! Picture taking is fast and fun. The A95 is simply the best all around digital camera I have ever used. I highly recommend this camera.

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5 Star Review   By member amitdhariwal - Oct 10, 2004   

Strengths: Resolution, LCD clarity, good zoom features

Weakness: LCD size is small, heavy camera, needs 4 batteries

Overall one of the latest and best 5MP camera...I got it for $300 and it was a steal...worth the money and overall I am happy with it...not ok if you want a small lightweight high res. camera but if you are ready to lift the load..this is the one you want to have

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5 Star Review   By member ndfarmboy - Oct 8, 2004   

Strengths: The camera is very easy to use. I love the LCD screen that rotates. It is a very versatile camera. It takes wonderful pictures.

Weakness: I have not found any weaknesses.

I would recommend this camera to anyone. I love everything about it. I like the fact that I can add lenses to it if I like also. It is very easy to handle even for a person with small hands. This is just a great camera.

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5 Star Review   By member tlange - Sep 27, 2004   

Strengths: Easy of use. Flip LCD display. AA batteries. Good value.

Weakness: None.

I have been researching digital cameras for over a year, waiting for the perfect camera. In my opinion, the A95 is it. I am not a professional photographer, but wanted something simple, yet reliable, easy to use with good picture quality. I almost bought the A80, but really wanted that extra megapixel. Then the A95 came out and at $350 it is a steal. Picture quality is great and I love the flip LCD display.

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5 Star Review   By member brentwoodca - Sep 27, 2004   

Strengths: Compact, very easy to learn how to use, takes great pictures. Many different adjustments available.

Weakness: Regular AA batteries don't last very long. Can't tell how much power is left until you need to replace. No other weaknesses as I can tell!

I'm really glad I waited a few years until this camera came along. This is a great digital camera that you can grow into. There are many adjustments that I haven't tried out yet. You can also purchase wider and longer zoom lense and other accessories. The adjustable flip screen is fantastic as you don't need to become a contourtionist to get a good angle for your photo. I don't know why other cameras don't have it. Think of your camcorder with the flip screen. Try taking movies without your flip screen. That would be tough! Camera size and weight is perfect for me compared to other cameras that are too small and awkward to hold and shoot. Smaller cameras tend to move when you're taking the picture. After taking photos at an all day workshop, I was able to quickly download the program from the CD and upload my digital pictures with no problems. It was very easy to do! The regular AA really do not last very long if you're taking quality pictures. You definately want to purchase the NiHm rechargeable batteries.

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4 Star Review   By member swag2000 - Sep 27, 2004   

Strengths: lots of functions

Weakness: heavy

Canon makes good cameras and A95 is no exception. It has a lot of functionalities and probably one of the best value for money camera around. However, it is on the heavy side with 4 AA batteries. Overall, I am happy with it.

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4 Star Review   By member shipeiyi - Sep 10, 2004   

Strengths: Great pictures, tons of manual controls, solidly built, flip-out LCD

Weakness: Redeye, not a great bundle

First off, I'm a beginner to photography, so I may not have the eye for details others have. However, I'm very impressed w/ the picture quality. I've read some reviews that say the picture quality isn't as good as the A80's quality (same lens + more megapixels = more noise), but I haven't noticed it. I had an A80 for a bit, but had to return it, and then got the A95. I loved the A80, and love this one even more. The larger LCD is much more crisp, which is a bonus. I don't fully use the manual controls now, but plan to "grow into them". I bought some NiMH rechargeable batteries, and they hold up great (you'll get maybe 20 pictures w/ the supplied alkeline batteries before tossing them). Besides the door over the compact flash (which is kinda flimsy), the camera feels solid and well built. The menus and layout for the camera are simple enough. The manual is well written and easy to understand. Things I'm not a fan of: besides the great software, the bundle it comes w/ is very unexciting. No rechargeable batteries or anything of the sort. Just an average bundle. Also, there is noticeable redeye in many of the indoor photos, but those can be removed via the software, or you can just delete it and shoot another picture (which is why I'm switching to d-cam to begin with). Overall, I would recommend buying this camera. Lots of features for a reasonable price.

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