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Canon PowerShot A95
Canon PowerShot A95

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Canon PowerShot A95

Editor's Review

The Canon PowerShot A95 brought 5-megapixel resolution to Canon's immensely popular line of A-Series cameras. In addition to the new 5-megapixel sensor, the A95 also features a 1.8" LCD screen, which is an improvement over the small 1.5" screen found on its predecessor, the PowerShot A80. The A95 also features 8 new preset scene modes and a FlexiZone autofocus, which allows for greater focus control regardless of where the subject falls in the frame. All these features make the Canon PowerShot A95 a great choice for ambitious photographers who don't want to break the bank. Note: Canon has released the PowerShot A610, which is comparable to the A95 and features a few improvements. DCHQ suggests you compare the two if you are considering a camera of this type, as the A610 is the "current" model and can often be found at a better deal than the older A95.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/3.6x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2004

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Canon PowerShot A95 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A95 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
CAMERA (Barbara Houser — 01/26/2010)
REPAIR OR REPLACE BATTERY LID OTHERWISE CAMERA IS IN TOP CONDITION
  • 4.0 out of 5
Durable. (Naomi — 08/02/2007)

We've owned this camera for several years. The picture quality is good. The zoom is not great. The best thing about this camera is its durability. Our camera is all beat up and has scratches and dents. The battery compartment is held together by duct tape, but this camera is still working and doing its job.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Camera. Takes amazing photographs (Dean — 07/23/2007)

As already stated, it would seem people are surprised at dropping an electronic device 'only two feet' and then they discover it doesn't work as before! It's a camera, not a football!
I've had mine for close to 3 years and haven't dropped it once...guess what it takes brilliant shots! Very easy to take a good photo. Although higher pixel count cameras increase detail I also found noise is elevated too. This A95 gets good results. Period.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesomw pictures (samyuktha — 07/17/2007)

Quality is too good.I am enjoying with it....having a very good experience in photography

  • 5.0 out of 5
Still awesome (Heidi — 03/11/2007)

This little camera has been a great performer for a variety of use: travel, work, family. We've taken it overseas twice and are 100% satisfied with the quality of pictures. We were going through batteries until we quit using the flip out viewer for every photo. We like the convenience of being able to use easy to find batteries. Our first digital used an obscure little camera battery that we could not find at most convenience stores when we travelled.I think of this as a real workhorse of cameras; we use it weekly.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good Picture But Slow Performance (J Moe — 11/28/2006)

I have no problem with the quality of picture, unfortunately more than half of my pictures are useless because the subject has moved by the time the picture is taken.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon PowerShot A95 (JoAnn McG — 11/23/2006)

In 2 years I have not dropped my A95 and have not abused it in any way that I know of. Cotton wool treatment all the way. But earlier this year, after the warranty had expired, it stopped working for no apparent reason. The repair bill was horrific - over 2/3 of the purchase price. Long phone calls to Canon but to no avail. The whole lens assembly needed to be replaced. So I looked around to see if I could replace it with equivalent quality and features for the cost of repairs and there was nothing that matched it. So I had it repaired. Then followed a dismal period of out of focus pictures, with some brilliant ones. Much research on the Internet on focusing revealed that I had misunderstood how to focus. (It was my first real camera.) I got caught up in major dissatisfaction and lusted after the new Canon 400D but couldn't afford it. In the meantime people started saying what great photos I was taking (sometimes). I checked out lots of other A95 photos from the Internet and learnt two things. First, when I get the focus and light right the quality is exceptional and better than some of the review example photos. Second, that until I can take reliably good, focused, well lit shots with my A95 there is no point getting another camera. Check out http://www.pbase.com/eddyb/a95 for some fantastic examples of what can be done. So, now I love my A95 again and am fortunate not to have moved on to something bigger and better that would have prevented me from all the learning, especially over the past 6 months.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pictures slow to take next picture (Greg — 09/28/2006)

I have been reading the other reviews. I read that some have dropped their cameras and some have not.It seems that what you paid for the camera you might want to take better care of it.
Anyway the A95 is a great camera. I upgraded from an A80 which I gave to my daughter when she had a baby. She loves it. I too love this A95 but it is slow between pictures. I even purchased a faster flash card but it didn't seem to make a difference. I have been eying up a Canon I3 IS for my next upgrade. Anybody need a used A95?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent point and shoot with some flexibility for other shots (Rich McGervey — 08/17/2006)

I do love this camera, especially for what I paid. I scored the camera at a pawn shop that didn't know anything about it for $100 about a year and a half ago. For $100, it is a steal. I will go farther and say the camera is easily worth the $300 retail price as well, based on my experiences. The good, it does well in low light with the flash off (if you have a steady hand). I have gotten some good night concert photos out of it. Sure, a few are out of focus. The trick there is to have a large CF card (I have a 1gig and 2 512MBs). Shoot a lot of pics and sort them out later. You can't tell if the shot is out of focus on the viewfinder, it's too small, just shoot and sort later. Also, I've seen a very few complaints about duribility. Honestly, I have no complaints there. I have dropped it several times (though it's never landed on the open lens, that would be bad from what I've read). I am generally rough on things. This camera has been on vacation to Cape Cod twice, in canoes and kayaks, fishing trips, camping many times, to several music festivals and concerts and, well, it has suffered at the hands of my family a little as well. It has been banged, dropped, spashed with water, and generally just abused. Now I do try to take care of it, but lets face it, it does get abused. It has a few nice dents in the metal casing to show for it. It has been a trooper! The bad, the shutter is VERY slow on some settings. I don't know what you would call it, but on automatic, the time from when you push the shutter to the time the photo actually takes can be fairly long sometimes. When I want to get the shot as I see it when I push the trigger, I put it on the action setting. The action setting does work reasonably well and eliminates most of the delay. Also, sometimes after taking a photo the auto focus and the camera in general tends to freeze up for a few seconds. I'm not sure what causes this, possibly battery life going low and it's taking longer to record the last shot. I just don't know, and I haven't studied the matter. Overall though, I really have to give this camera high marks for a consumer level point and shoot. I will say that the macro feature is neat to have, but it doesn't work all that well. It's hit or miss whether you get a good clear focused shot or not. It's another case where you shoot several pictures in hopes that you'll get a good one. I had a few photography classes back in high school and college, so I do like that you can play with the settings and go somewhat manual. I will say that, on this camera, it takes a lot longer to do that than on a more expensive semi-pro oriented camera. But for a convenient snapshot and somewhat better camera, it's worth the purchase price, and it's nice to have the flexibility to play with when you have time.

The moveable LCD screen is wonderful as well. It makes it easy to get shots that you normally would have to climb on the ground or climb up on something to get, just by dropping or raising your arms. This has come in very handy at concerts, to raise my arms and get up over the crowd when I am in the floor seating/standing areas. It's come in handy just canoeing too, to take pictures of the kids in front of me without having to just shoot their backs, by reaching out over the water a bit for the shot.

All told, if you're looking for a good camera for vacations, nature photos, and just general family use, I think this is a great camera. As I think, by now, it's being phased out by newer models, you can probably pick up a deal on the A95 as well.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Picture Perfect (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My wife & I did a lot of research after having owned a digital camera that took horrible pictures. We kept on coming back to the A95 and ended up buying one. The Canon A95 has been nothing short of incredible. It takes flawless pictures and has a setting for any situation. It's also VERY durable. This camera actually makes the picture look better than real life!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Won't print pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera new a year ago Christmas.
When I went to print pictures on my canon printer
it did not recognize the camera.I sent it in for repair got it back, same thing.I sent it back 2 more
times before they got it right. Yes they had it last Christmas and yes no pictures of the holiday,Thanks
canon. Oh ya I just tried it yesterday to print pictures and guess what IT DON'T WORK!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I've dropped (a few times) and it still works great!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera! I always try to be carefull but accidents CAN happen, and not once but FOUR TIMES!!! I know, I know I should be more careful but what amazes me its that my camera still takes great photos. Oh and I dropped it on hard floors not grass! I love it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pics for the buck. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I did pretty extensive research before buying a digital camera. This A95 is a great camera. The more I use it the more I realize how much(and more) this cam can do. The picture quality is excellent, even when enlarging prints.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best dig cam I have ... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Cannon dig A95 is one the best cam dig I know in the actual market, works good for all my work necessity.

al

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome, but had a repetitive problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think the A95 is a superb camera. It has great battery life and good software with it. The picture quality is great. There is a little lag time when taking pictures. I can't take a spontaneous picture. Usually it takes about 2 seconds after I intended to take the picture. The real problem is that 8 months after I owned the camera, it simply stopped turning on. I sent it to canon and they kindly repaired it for me for free while it was still under warranty, saying the dc jack went bad. 7 months after that repair, I had the same exact problem. I sent it to Canon again and they sent me a letter saying it would cost $97.56 to repair. After calling them, they were able to fix it free of charge, but I am concerned that this problem will arise again. Other than that problem, I think the A95 is a great camera with lots of features with long battery time.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Horrible Shelf Life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for a bit over a year. Never dropped, never damaged. The pictures are fantastic however at about 14 months, it will no longer power up. I have tried different battery types, rechargeable and non and the best I get is 5 minutes worth of use. Canon warranty is expired and Canon has had no suggestions except to spend $100 to send it to them for a repair quote. So, I am out of luck and have to search for a new camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pictures, Simple to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 20 years with a Canon. AE1, I reluctantly went digital with the Sureshot A95. I found it easy to use, quick to learn and the photos are really great. The camera actually seems to improve my efforts. If I wasn't so happy with this one, I'd upgrade to the new model that's out. But, I'm very happy with this one. I heartedly recommend it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I DROPPED IT....and it still working fine!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I dropped my A95 and it still working fine! Well, I dropped it on grass ~(;> . A95 is my first digital camera and it works great for me. The only glitch I see in it is when going manual and using ISO-500 the red eye reduction is not working. I am sure, I am missing few set ups. Got to read the manual. Any help on this 'eye-reduction' thing from any of you Guru will be very appreciated. AND trust me, I will never drop it on a hard floor and curse Canon for not making A95, a shock-proof, drop-proof Camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
S...L...O...W... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the quality of the photos that I get with this camera, but it has about a 1-2 second delay to take the picture. Sometimes it takes about 5 seconds or more. When I'm taking pictures of my daughter, that "moment" doesn't last that long, so we miss many pictures, I even missed her blowing out the candles on her birthday cake this year. Very sad. So, I am going to a different camera that is quicker and I guess the A95 will be my 6 year old daughter's camera??? If you need the speed then this is not the camera for you.

  • 5.0 out of 5
no problems here!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We received this camera for christmas '04, and I have had no problems at all, but of course, i haven't dropped it yet, right? I takes excellent pictures of our child indoors and outdoors. I don't know what all of the functions are still, but its fun to learn. We also received the cannon ip8500 printer and oh my gosh- no more walmart!!!!!!!!!!!!!! exceptional pair, I cannot tell the difference between photos take with my 35mm minolta. I would recommend this camera to anyone who would take care of it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I carried my A95 all over the place in my recent trip to France with some rough handling. I didn't have any problems with it. It took great shots. I used the manual viewfinder and just used the screen to review pictures with this the rechargeable batteries lasted for the whole two weeks.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for almost a year now. I havent had any problems with its sturdiness. I will say that the battery door is a bit flimsey but you just have to take care when opening it.
This camera takes unbelievable outdoor pictures. Great color and clarity.
Indoor pictures take a bit of playing around with the multiple options you have for settings and I still am working on this...
The camera has so many options for the money its well worth it if you want an all around camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
This is really about the A80 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

(The rating is for the Powershot A80)
I had the Powershot A80 (precursor to the A95) for a year and a half. Took it on trips to Vietnam, South America, humid Chicago, etc. Figure I might have easily shot 10,000 pictures or more over that period. Then the shutter failed a few days ago. Wouldn't make a faster exposure than about 1/20th of a second. It appears that consumer cameras such as the A80 have an average expected life of about 15,000 or so shutter-cycles. So there is a price to be paid for being trigger-happy. It's already past the warranty and was offered the "upgrade" to a refurbished A95. Will probably take it, though who knows how much use that refurbished camera's shutter may have seen already.
Took many good pictures with the A80, had lots of fun with it, especially the pivoting lcd-screen. So much so, that I couldn't imagine getting another digital without that feature. The camera did have some of that fringing problem, and the lens quality could have been better.
These plastic cameras simply won't tolerate half the rough treatment that a metal camera of the 60's, 70's or earlier would, such as my still working 1970's Canonet. On the other hand, there's no way I would have operated the shutter 10,000 times in a year and a half with a film camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Beat it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved (for the most part) this camera. Mine never had any durability issues until it flew off the roof of my car at 60 miles an hour. As expected, it died. However, it did not die or even get injured when it was dropped and kicked across the road (in a small protective case). I will miss this camera but will more than likely purchase a new one. I loved the features it had: stich photo, zoom (which worked perfectly for me even after attaching a binocular lens on the 3x zoom), sports and shutter preferences. Even the video quality was good. The only two things I would change is to be able to zoom in video record mode and there was small but managable lag time when taking photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Let me first say to the whiners who drop the camera, break it and then complain it's junk. Would you complain to your retailer if your computer broke from dropping it, I don't think so. Get a fisher-price camera or be more careful.
That being said, I've dropped mine down a flight of concrete stairs while in a flimsy camera case and was pleasantly surprised..no damage.
Bottom line, this camera takes great pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
mind blowing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was using olympus c150... a very basic camera, and A95 proves to be a great improvement. The photo Quality is just AWESOME! The macro mode too, is better than many other cameras. Though i haven't yet used all its features, but i must say, it has a good response time, and great usability. If you have been using a basic camera as i was, it might take a bit of time to adjust to it...but believe me you will find it worthwhile to invest time in it. Its ADDICTIVE, more you use it, the more you want to use it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Fragile! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great pictures. Very pleased with the results for the money, until you consider how easy it is to destroy. Warranty is immediately void if any case damage is found, which isn't a challenge with this camera. Ended up spending $100 to have it serviced as they would not honor the warranty when there were specks visible that were floating around in the image. Turned out to be the lens (which cannot be cleaned internally, and must be replaced). They replaced the lens and all the bad case parts for this price. Which, may not make been a terrible price for the service, but considering how easy it is to break in the first place, it is very irritating. I want to sell this thing to someone who would perhaps be more gentle than me with it. Time to get a tank for a camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
very nice pictures... no durability issues (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

how are people breaking this camera??? i have done alot of traveling and hiking with it and i haven't had any issues with it breaking or even getting very many scratches on the case, my recemendation is that you treat it like any other piece of electronics i.e. don't take it diving unless you have it in a waterproof case and don't go skydiving unless it is going to also be afforded the benifits of your parachute. i found that it takes good video (even did a good quality job of videotaping fireworks) and really nice crisp pictues so overall i highly recomend this camera to anyone looking at getting into digital photography.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AWESOME zoom! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The most important thing I was looking for in a camera for me was great zoom because of all the concerts i go to. This zoom cannot be any better. Even when fully zoomed in all the way on digital zoom (12x) its still as clear as a bell. awesome camera i would reccommend to anyone

  • 2.0 out of 5
readers opinion (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

From what I read it seems its worth buying if you are looking for a disposable camera. One you can use for a couple of times and write it off.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't know about all these other people but i've personally dropped my Canon A95 and it hasn't stopped working. Infact it works just as fine as the day I bought it.

As for the video I can take long videos. Get a bigger memory card if you want to take longer videos people!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good quality pictures, but. bad features... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently purchased A95 canon 1 month back. It takes excellent quality pictures but one month later when i changed CF card, CF card pin inisde camera was broken accedently while inserting CF card. there is no specific guidline for use was given and very delicate camera. I had to send for repair

  • 5.0 out of 5
First digital owned-I love it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It took me a long time to finally get the courage to switch to digital, as frankly the technology scared the heck out of me! I have been looking at them for a year or so, and finally decided to take the plunge. I knew I wanted a Canon, I just didn't know which one. All my friends had the 3 mega pixels and wanted more, so figured I would go higher. I brought it home and took it out of the box. There was a Quick Start Guide in there and it made it easy as ABC! I never had so much fun taking pictures! The best part is showing them to the person right away. Cool!My pictures I downloaded to my computer, also easy to do, are terrific. Recommend any new user to try it. Now, I am going to learn more about the features now that I am comfortable with my camera. Way to go Canon!

  • 5.0 out of 5
May not survive a punt, pass, or kick but takes angelic photos though! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For some reason this camera seems to get dropped, kicked, submersed, and punched more than any other. It tends to occur especially in the hands of a toddler. Must be a design flaw, maybe people will have better luck with a Hasselblad EDC, Diana, or the Kodak DCS420 camera used by the U.S. Marines. When I am able to hang on to it, the A95 takes absolutely beautiful photos! Response times with this camera are a little on the slow side though. The next generation canons with Digic II should be awesome.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Unbelievably good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is out of this world.My only concern is not to drop it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Zero Drop-Proofing! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Many things can be said of a fragile camera that cannot handle some knocks and a 2ft drop (even when in its own padded pouch!?), but I sincerely think such cameras should belong in the lab as a "prototype", and not sold to the public as a "product".

Nice pictures but terribly costly ones since mine did not last beyond a short 17 months.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had my A95 for over a year with no problems at all. I am not a easy on anything and this camera has survived even me. Great pictures and even better options. If you want a good camera that will last—get the A95.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a professional photographer that has had a studio for over 20 years. I also owned a photo lab. I would look at customers images that they shot with their digital cameras. By far Canon cameras blew the rest out of the water as far as quality and life-like photos. No other digital cameras in my opinion are as close to 35mm as are the Canon cameras. I have two children and I am always wanting to catch those quick snapshots of them that you can't catch with a bulky professional high end camera. I like to have a compact camera for everyday photos. I have owned the higher end S30 Canon. For a 3.2 megapixel it was awesome. However the higher end "S" series take the proprietary batteries. They're expensive and hard to find in a crunch. So I decided that I wanted a camera that would take AA batteries since they are cheaper and easier to find. I looked at the "A" series and had friends that had them. They did have a little more noise in the images than the "S" series had, but for the convenience of AA batteries it was a small sacrifice. I am always careful with my cameras and I will agree with others, that this camera is not made of as strong of materials as other models. But if you take care of it, it will last. But for the money, features, quality and the fact that AA batteries are easy and cheap to find this camera beats alot of others hands down. I have recommended the Canon A-95 to several relatives and friends. I had a relative the day after I recommended it go and purchase a Pentax. In a few days he took it back and got the Canon because he noticed that his photos did not look as good as mine. I had another that got a Olympus, then Fuji and finally Minolta after I told her to only buy a Canon. Her photos still don't look as good as mine. Buy this camera if you want good photos. If you're hard on cameras, buy an underwater housing or like one other reviewer recommended, the wide angle lens housing to protect the lens.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Perfect Cam still (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Since this is my first Cam, am impressed. The pricing is good, I've taken great outdoor pictures, and even when it's dark, the pictures are great.
Only problem I noticed is when taking indoor pictures with the flash, the redeye effect appears on all pictures, even when u activate the red eye reduction.
I also had to purchase another memory card and of course re-chargable batteries

  • 5.0 out of 5
Stop dropping the camera!!! no wonder it doesnt work!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera is by far the best point and shoot to date. Manual controls are excellent, even auto takes wonderful pictures, match this up with a fisheye, and bam you've got an awesome setup.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Buy if you want a broken camera not backed by manufacturer (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had the A80 for a little over a year. I really only used it recently to take pictures during my vacation. The camera worked perfectly. I put it away when I got home. I took it out a couple of weeks later and there is a hardware failure so that all the pictures the camera takes comes out pure black. I did nothing to my camera from when it worked to when it stopped other than place it in the bag and let it sit for a couple of weeks. I called Canon support and they quoted me $150 - $300 labor plus any additional hardware cost if required. This is the cost of a new camera! They would not cover the repair under their 1 year warranty because I was 4 months beyond 1 year. Of course they said I could always upgrade for $150 to a retrofitted A95. This is horrible customer service and a very bad line of cameras. This is too bad because I loved the features and picture quality while it worked. I'll never be a Canon customer again!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Too Fragile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We bought the Canon A95 because of the reviews and the reputation of Canon. What a mistake!!! The first month we had the camera it was great. The pictures were great the features were everything we had hoped for. Then we went on vacation to Florida. We took all kinds of pictures and most were very good. The weather was hot and the humidity very high. We were very careful to insure we did not take it out in the rain nor get it wet. The only moisture it came in contact with was from our bodies and the humidity. The weekend after we came back from Florida while on a hiking trip, it stopped working. We sent it to the factory and they refused to honor the warranty saying it had water damage and was not covered. They would not even quote a price to repair because it could not be fixed. Those few pictures we took cost more then all the 35mm pictures I have taken with my Pentex I have had for over 30 years and never have had to repair. If it can not withstand the humidity and heat of Florida what good is it!!! Canon has no reputation as far as my family is concerned. It does not stand behind its product at all. We had less then two weeks of actual use and it is history. Canon is not to be trusted at all. They will not even return our e-mail!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
not tough enough (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

With money being tight now a days I decided to search for a camera that has more uses than just taking photos. So I head out to the local flee market, because lets face it everyone knows that is where the best constructed cameras can be had. Anyway Im a carpenter by trade and I thought it would be nice to try out this new camera I just purchased and see just how versitle it is. The first test was the drag test. I dragged the camera 6 feet across a gravel driveawy. I must say although the it made terrible noise durring the test it stayed together leaving it just strached up badly. Next I tried the roll test. Durring this test the camera did well in part because of the roundish shape it has. Only a small crack was found in the upper right corner of the case, which did not effect the cameras performance at all. Next was the moisture test. I place the camera on a string and lower it into water 5ft and remove it right after checking for any leaks. This was the first chink in the armor! The camera took water in. (not happy about this) I decided the to change the test process around and go right to the "pound the nail int test". In short this camera WILL NOT be a good hammer on anything. Trying to drive a nail in to wood several times only created cracks in the case and untilmately a small hole. The good part about the hole was the water drained out from the previuos test. Now came the finally test. Can the camera be drop from eye level. I stand just over six feet and if Im gonna drop the camera durring use ever, I figured it would never be higher than eye level. The test proved two things. One the camera has pretty shinny parts on the inside and 2nd the camera will not work after this test. After completing the test my recomendation stands. I do NOT recommend this camera for anything other that taking pictures.....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Idiot dont deserve a camera, ignore them (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for 7 month and I love it. I think this is a great camera for people who dont want to jump into the Pro models ($$$$) but want almost all of the features. Very happy!!!.
As for the idiots who give the camera a low score because they drop the camera and then it stops working. Either they are joking or they are realllllly stupid. This is a complex electronic device, you have to take care of it. These people do something stupid and instead of accepting it they blame the camera. Hey idiots, the camera comes with a wrist strap!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good pictures - bad camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We had owned this camera for 4 months when it stopped working completely. We sent it in for repairs, under warranty, and it came back in working order. Three months later, the telephoto feature stopped working. We again sent it in for repairs and it came back in working order. This is the first camera I have ever owned that has been in for repairs before it's even a year old. This one has been in TWICE already! I am very disappointed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very versitile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Our Canon PowerShot A95 is our third digital camera. The first two were a 1.4 megapixel Olympus and a 3.0 megapixel Olympus. Both of those cameras used Smart Media cards that were becoming obsolete and the newer of the cameras (the 3MP camera) had become slightly unreliable because it had been damaged on vacation when sand made its way into the camera body (besides, that camera belongs to our daughter who wanted to take it with her to college). Therefore, we purchased the A95 on the basis of several factors including price, features, and user reviews. I was immediately impressed by the affordability of the camera's storage media (I purchased two 512MB Compact Flash cards for $24 each after rebate), battery life (I probably shot 250 frames before needing to load fresh batteries), ease of loading photos onto my PC, and photo quality. I also liked the fact that the view screen can be turned so that it faces the back of the camera, thereby protecting it while not in use. A bonus of the purchase came when I discovered the affordability of the A95's waterproof housing (the WPDC50) which I purchased for approximately $170. I'm a scuba diver, and I found the underwater housing for the A95 to be very functional and I was pleased to see the A95 has a setting specifically for underwater photography, adjusting color levels to make the most of available lighting conditions. We recently returned from a week-long Jamaican vacation with approximately 600 photos ranging from vibrant sunsets to coral and sealife 70 feet below the surface. Although we've only had this camera for a few months, we are very satisfied with it and would recommend to anyone looking for a mid-priced, high-quality digital.

  • 5.0 out of 5
STOP DROPPING THE CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Oh MY GOD.
I can not believe I feel the need to respond, but how can all you people complain about the durability of a camera when you DROP IT. I sure as heck dont complain about my car when I run into a tree and it needs repairs afterwards.

Get a life. Please stick to reviewing the options and the actual use of the camera (good and bad) and leave accidents out of it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
People, it takes 3 minute vids, not 30 seconds (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recalled reading it only took 30 second videos also when I was looking, but as I soon found out, it takes more than that. In fact, I brought with me to a concert the other night, and I took a 3-minute video of one of the songs. I found out it took longer than 30 seconds long before that though just randomly videoing things.
So, don't let that deter you!
Also, those of you complaining about it breaking - well, don't drop it!! Fragile things break. I'm sure its not just this camera.
I love the camera. I LOVE the flip-over LCD screen that helps protect the screen and allows for multiple angles of shots.
My only gripe is the lowly 3x optical zoom. It's rather pathetic.
I have a 1 GB card in it, and i rock this camera like its my job.
I highly suggest it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great Pictures Very Poor Construction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My daughter accidently dropped the camera no more than 2 feet and it has stopped working. This is the second Canon that has stopped working for us. It takes great pictures, but can't afford to keep replacing poorly made cameras ...moving on to something else.

  • 4.0 out of 5
really great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think its really great but it doesn't have (SRL)that's the only weeknees that I found

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad color / white balance (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera because of all the rave reviews, but I could never get it to produce pictures with the right color even with custom white balance settings. I tried all of the lighting settings to no avail : the yellows seem to be suppressed. The best result that I could get out of it were that my interior house walls looked a pale red instead of the pale yellow that they are. I returned the camera because of this problem.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not happy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I previously had a Canon A40 which I absolutely loved except for the low res of 2.0 MPs. I moved up to the Canon A95, and I am not happy with the features in comparison. For example, I take panoramic shots, and the light quality is adjusted resulting in being able to see where each individual picture overlaps. Also, the camera does not adjust well with the light, and I constantly have pictures that are too dark. It also takes a long time to for the focus to adjust, and many times I have had blurry pictures. I'm not happy at all with this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great images (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After using an old Nikon F2 & FM2 the ability to control ISO settings, shutter speed, and aperture on the A95 are awesome! A friend of mine cynical to digital photography was very impressed with the sharpness of an 8x10 I printed of her in just a few minutes and she uses an 8x10 view camera for portraits! Concerning durability, digital cameras by nature are delicate instruments and I try to treat them as so. My daughter dropped this camera the other day and if it had broken I would have been more upset with myself and my daughter not the manufacturer. Now if it were to break spontaneously that would definitely be a cause for concern. I have captured hundreds of great images with this camera and it hasn't missed a beat. The swivel lcd has enabled me to take images not possible with my other cameras, a great feature unique to the A95.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Fragile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I too liked the performance of the camera but it dropped and the camera was totally unuable. Cost for fixing the camera was a minimum of $160. It sounds from other reviews that this camera is very fragile and breaks very easily if dropped.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera for the Price!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm a "point and shoot" kind of picture taker. I do share a lot of pictures with friends via email. This camera is so smooth and produces more quality then I need. It could be built stronger but you would be ending up paying twice as much. Camera has been back-packed on five hunting trips, no problems. If you are like me Buy It you won't be sorry.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great digital for a great price! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My first Digital was a Canon A-20 (2.1 pixel) also a good beginners camera. I am very impressed with the A-95, excellent photos and the Auto mode and others remind me of my Canon A-1 SLR. I am very impressed with the camera controls and choices. This is an excellent 5 pixel camera, I without doubt would recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality camera

  • 4.0 out of 5
Some Limits ... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I Like The Camera Very Much , But There Are Some Things That Are Not Good.
1. The Video Recording Limitations ... 30sec ..
2. Video Recording Frame Limit.
3. A Comparable Small Zoom ... x3 Comon ...
Good Things Are :
1. Very Good Quality, 5 MP is Good.
2. Exelent Macro.
3. Flip Out LCD Is Also Great Adventage.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Hidden Issues (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When my family and I purchased the camera, it worked so impressively that two of my friends purchased one too. After about a seven months of owning it without issues, the pictures taken were full of purple streaks and it even got to the point where when you looked on the display to find the subject of your picture, all you could see was purple and black streaks. The camera was sent to be repaired ($175), and when it came back, it was in working condition, so we thought everything was fine. We later found out that both of my friends' cameras had also been sent in for repairs at least once for the same purple streaks. It is about six months after the repair and the same streaks are showing up again. With three cameras of three different Canon models all with the exact same problems, I'm moving on to a different brand. Buying a new camera is cheaper than these constant repairs.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Demonically Fragile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was taking pictures of my two year old when I went in for a close up and Jasmin my daughter touched the lens. I went ahead to wipe the lens with the cloth I use to wipe my glasses. I place the camera on my end table. I pick up my daughter. Her foot hits the camera and it falls to the ground. I look at the camera and the lens is cracked. I take it back to Circuit City and ask for an estimate of repair. A week later I get an estimate from Canon of $210 ... Not a good investment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
If you're looking for a 5 mega-pixel digital camera, look no further! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After reading the other reviews on this site, and many others, I knew this was the camera for me. The PowerShot A95 makes superior images of anything I can throw at it, macro close-ups, landscape, portraits, night-time scenes. With 5 mega-pixels, the photos are clean and crisp.

The quality of the camera body is superb. Every button is positioned exactly where I want it. No more having to take your eye of the action looking for the right button to press.

I would recommend this camera to anyone who is in the market for a high quality, 5 mega-pixel camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera, can't buy a better one for the money!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

IMO This is the best bang for the buck camera on the market. It takes wonderful pictures and has so many customizable features. Beginners and professionals will be happy. The swivel screen comes in handy all the time. Get a tripod and take great night shots with little noise. My only few complaints are the flimsy cf door, plastic tri-pod mount and type I only cards.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Too Good!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It is great. Much better than Sony w7!

  • 2.0 out of 5
I agree, flimsy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the A95 for my wife. I have had numerous Canons in the past to include the G-5. She dropped this camera while pulling it out of her purse. It fell about a foot to the counter. The tabs holding the battery cover closed broke off. The Canon repair facility quoted us a price of $195 to repair. Hell no!
Does it take good pictures? Couldn't tell you since it was never used. The wife feels bad but I just can't see how any camera made to be used could not with stand at least one drop. I'm moving on.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not bad, but.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like the many features of the camera. It has everything you can dream of if you like to manually control your settings.
But...
1. Purple fringing can be annoying if you take pictures against a white or blue background... If you zoom, you can notice it on almost every picture.
2. The autofocus isn't always very accurate. Especially when it is to dark (the focus light isn't very powerful btw). The manual focus is even worse... very difficult to use accurately.
3. When making indoor pictures with flash: red eyes on every picture. No difference if red eye reduction is activated or not! I think it's an error in the firmware...
4. High quality video (640*480) is limited to 30 secs. They say it is because of the speed of the CF-card, but I don't believe that.
5. Impossible to use as a webcam.
6. If you want a compact camera that fits in your pocket, the A95 isn't the best choice... Also quite heavy with his 4 AA batteries.
7. Some parts of the camera look quite cheap (like the compact flash, battery lid)

I really hope a firmware update could solve some of the problems, but Canon doesn't have a firmware upgrade tradition.

  • 3.0 out of 5
very fine pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

case broke in a very short fall, stainless cap fell off the button, waste of money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A95 is the best digital camera for beginner (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In my opinion , A95 is a very good digital camera. After taking many images, the quality of them are very good, sharp at auto mode. it's highly recommended and standing at the list of the top 5 megapixels digital cameras in CNET.com

  • 2.0 out of 5
Extremely Fragile (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Dropped camera from less than two feet above concrete floor in a well padded cased. Cracked body in more than one place, including battery closure tab. Disappointed at myself for fumbling, but at same time shocked at fragile construction of body. Spend the extra money and get something with a metal case.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor quality camera body but it takes good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I bought my A95, I was troubled by the cheap and flimsy finish of the camera. Over the years Canon went long way from quality, making now cameras designed to last not much longer than till the warranty expires. The new camera is a far cry from my SLR Canon 630, which would probably last another 50 years should I stayed with the film photography. Unfortunately, times are changing and the convenience and portability of digital photography are too appealing even to quality oriented consumers I like to think about myself. The first bad news, the camera is made in China and I simply refuse to buy an argument that Canon's quality control is so good that, it does not matter where is it made. It does! The best example is Canon SD300(digital Elph-4 megapixel), which is beautifully finished and very solidly made (in Japan). Now you could buy a 5-megapixel Elph (made in China). This one looks like a cheap imitation of the original. If I were going to buy Elph I would go for the Japan made. You loose one megapixel but you gain a sea of difference in quality. Canon Powershot A95 does not have Japanese version, so I had to buy Chinese one. The body of the camera does not look too solid, compact flash card looks flimsy, but its weakest point is its lens. I have seen a few demo cameras on store's display and many of the Powershots had jammed zooms! There is a way to protect your zoom, though. You could buy a lens adapter and attach a UV filter to it. This way the whole zoom mechanism will be protected from dust, rain and yes, your fingerprints. There are two types of adapters: 52mm and 37mm. Canon's 52mm adapter effectively blocks the flash and the focusing beam and obscures the viewfinder. The adapter is made of cheap black plastic. Fortunately, there are adapters made by other companies. The one I bought is 37mm in size and made of aluminum. The 37mm adapter does not block the flash (makes you wonder why Canon did not think about it?) and its shiny finish matches the body of the camera. The camera looks almost like Canon Powershot G6 with this adapter. To be fair, other cameras I have seen, do not even have a provision for the lens adapter. Most of them are made in China and many look far worse than Canon. The only shining exception is Fuji Finepix E550, which is made in Japan and has everything that goes with it. The performance of the A95 is at best average, with a noticeable shutter lag. Again, Fuji's speed beats Canon's hands down. Why did I buy Canon, then? Because of quality of outdoor pictures. They are just fantastic. Fuji, although it makes very good pictures, is not match for Canon here. However, I think if Fuji sticks to quality and improves the lens design a little, it will take over Canon's market share. Watch out, Canon!

  • 5.0 out of 5
no flaws (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been planning on getting a digital camera for my birthday and after my research I have come to the Canon A95. I was planning to get an A85, but I started some research on the A95 and found better fetchers like the flip screen, high resolution, and better zoom.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm satisfied with it. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is really good, although I have not used it for a long time, but any picture I took with this camera was a good picture and all of my friends are wondering how could that be. I'm satisfied with this camera and I'm going to discover new features I've not yet worked with to get even more of it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
So far so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

To date I am happy with camera. I have an Olympus C-5050Z as well and the Canon seems to hold its own. I would recommend it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
A95 powershot (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The A95 is stuffed with every good thing you could want, shooting modes, and more. The big drawback I found was the lens is just not sharp, I tried the A85 and now A95 and found the sharpness to be fair at best, in full frame high res mode. All else said the camera is super, for up to 8x10, but expect softness above that. Great battery life, easy to use and excellent exposure with flash every time. Contacted canon and they said it was a point and shoot camera if I wanted lens perfection move up to the big ticket cameras. They are right..

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Review (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera overall takes very good pictures. The only thing that dissatisfies me was that my pictures had red eyes.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I took it on a two week trip to Italy and I was amazed at its performance. I have owned 3 digital and 5 or 6 good SLR cameras and this is the best. Can not say enough good things about it. Only caution I have is not related to the camera but to the memory card. Get a fast card. Spend the money, it is worth it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor construction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Our initial excitement over acquiring a newer, higher-resolution camera quickly abated after using our new Canon A95. Not only were the pictures frequently blurred (the slightest unsteadiness seems to result in streaky, blurred images), but a very short drop resulted in a cracked casing and a completely broken camera. The four double-A batteries make the camera quite heavy, and the flimsy casing (which felt shaky from the beginning) cracked at the slightest provocation (sure, you shouldn't go around dropping your digital camera, but we've had others that have endured much worse and continued to function). We were so disappointed with the Canon A95 that we were quite relieved to have an excuse to get a different camera (which we like very much).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Top of the line (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is perfect. It has everything you need. It doesn't have a lot of wasted features on it to just make it look better like the more expensive ones do. The quality is phenomenal.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the A95 as a Christmas present for my son, a high school senior and soon-to-be design student in college. I've been amazed at what he's done with it, with the quality of images, and with the playback mode. He's been photo stitching beautiful panoramas, experimenting with low light shots, reflections, black and white, manual settings, you name it. He goes on trips, brings the camera back, plugs it into the TV, and wow, what slide shows! I've been especially impressed with the zoom feature. It's extremely easy to zoom in and out (to 10x) and move around within the frame. Frankly, it puts my Nikon D70 to shame in this regard. For the price, I don't see how you could get a better camera. I would add that I've been surprised with the quality of the 400 ISO shots. There is some graininess of course, but you can get useable 4x6 shots, but at ISO 100 and 50, the pictures are very smooth. I also don't understand complaints about build quality. No doubt there are lemons out there just like every other model camera on the market, but I've seen nothing to complain about on quality. Both he and I have been thoroughly impressed with this little camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Incredibly Durable! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've been doing amateur level photography for five years with Canon SLRs. What a revolution we have here! The camera not only matches (or very closely matches) the quality of SLRs in up to 10x12 prints, it can handle quite a pounding. Have dropped my camera twice on cement pavement from up high. Have thoroughly inspected numerous large prints for any signs of lens and/or focusing errors and have found NONE! WOW.
Am even considering camera for my head-shots, with a little software brushing. Very Satisfied.!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Lotta camera for the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great Camera for the intermediate user.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great camera as long as the sun is shining. I took pictures in the Yucatan jungle this Xmas (2004) where it was damp, very wet and humid. Eventually the camera got wet even though I took extra effort to keep it dry. The camera fried. I had the camera 4 weeks and all pictures taken up to then were exquisite. Now my camera is in warranty for the last 2 months with no word. Doesn't look good. Otherwise good camera. I also have a telescopic lens for it. Waste of money.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Few weaknesses for price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Easy to use and lots of features. Would be much improved if it had a battery meter or gave more warning when power is low. Camera gives only a few seconds warning when the battery is discharged, necessitating the purchase of at least two sets of rechargeable batteries.
  • 3.0 out of 5
It slipped through the crack of quality control (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
After extensive review I bought a Canon A95 based on highly recommended reviews but after two weeks I will return the camera. My camera takes poor images - purple fringing and soft focus being the two major irritants. The build feels flimsy, the CF card cover and back of the viewer cover in particular. I am a Canon fan and have owned a A60, A70 along with 35mm equipment and I agree with most that Canon makes a good product but in the case of this particular A95 - it slipped through the crack of quality control.
  • 5.0 out of 5
I love mine (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This is a camera that has only a few minor blemishes -- no remote, and tough to use lcd in bright light -- otherwise an almost perfect camera that is a great travel companion.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I had a Kodak 2.0 megapixel for two years before I bought the Canon. I read hundreds of reviews before I made my decision. I've been using the camera a lot, taking pictures of my three kids ages 4 to 5 months and I am very impressed with all the features and the great pictures it takes in any mode. I am sure that I'll like the camera more the more I get to use it.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera, very easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have never owned a digital camera before so I thought I was in for a couple hours of pouring through a user's manual before I was able to start taking pictures. Nothing could be further from the truth; this camera is unbelievably user-friendly and takes very high quality short movies and pictures. The only complain I have is that is drains batteries very quickly. To remedy this I bought some NiMH rechargables that take only 15 minutes to charge and now I have a high-quality, digital camera system for less than 400 bucks. I love this camera!
  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
My first digital camera was a Kodak 3.0 mp. This canon A95 kicks serious butt. The canon takes very sharp and crisp pictures and offers numerous features which are great to use and experiment with. Down side is canon should have included rechargeable batteries with this camera and a 5x zoom would have been icing on the cake to an already great camera.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Great overall camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Great camera gets the job done with almost all pics. Need not worry about soft ones either. I had looked into a Nikon product and previously owned a 4300 coolpix. The coolpix was good but was slow and seemed to take great pictures some times. I did a lot of research and this one seemed to fit my needs most. Only complaints i have is no time/date stamp on high resolution photos only 1600x1200, no gain on LCD screen in low lighting (very hard to see only shadows) and you can't create file names for select photos. All of which the Nikon products offer. After looking at those down falls i figured it was best to have a camera that takes great pictures most of the time. Highly recommended.
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