Canon PowerShot S95 Unboxing!

[Update: Sep 3, 2010 – see the first shots taken with my new Canon PowerShot S95!]

My new Canon PowerShot S95 arrived this afternoon from Amazon.com. As mentioned yesterday, my Canon S90 has been my favorite camera for the last year – and I’ve been looking forward to getting the new Canon S95 after ordering it on the day it was officially announced just over 10 days ago.

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Here’s an unboxing sequence of photos (all taken with my trusty S90!):

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Some of the external differences between the S90 and the S95 are interesting.

  • The S95 is slightly thinner in thickness and a tad less wide. It’s an even better shirt pocket camera than the S90 has been.
  • The Ring Func and On/Off buttons on the top of the camera have been reversed – with On/Off on the right and Ring Func on the left. The On/Off button is also smaller – now just a circle. The shutter button and the zoom control are also a wee bit smaller on the S95.
  • Perhaps the biggest external change is the camera coating. The S90 was VERY slippery – with a smooth exterior coating. The S95 has a totally new coating on the outside that makes holding the S95 much more secure.
  • On my S90 I had added the Richard Franiec Custom Grip for the S90 (highly recommended!). Not sure the S95 needs it with its new coating – and I also wonder how the S90 model of his grip might bond to the new coating on the S95?
  • The thumb wheel control on the back of the camera now has a detented feel to it – unlike the S90’s which just freely rotated (and which many shooters found they shifted accidentally).
  • The S90 also had a thumb rest on the camera back just below the settings dial – and that’s been eliminated on the S95. I’ll have to see how it feels in the field – but as I’m just getting acquainted with it the S95 feels much more secure in my hands given the new coating.
  • The strap, instead of hooking into a loop at the midpoint of the right side of the S90, hooks into a loop either on the top right corner (where I put mine) or the top left corner. The step, thinner and smaller than that on the S90, needs a bit of help to make it through the loop – a paperclip helping push it through worked nicely!
  • The LCD display on the S95 appears to be a bit wider and taller than the S90’s – and appears to have a different coating. The S90’s display has a blueish cast when powered off while the S95’s display is solid black.
  • On the front of the S95, the lens details and the S95 logo have been considerably darkened – so they don’t jump out at they did on the S90. The Canon logo is identical on both models.
  • Canon opted not to include a printed version of the S95 manual in the box. Instead, there’s a small “Getting Started” publication included which points to PDF versions of the manual on the included CD-ROM. Note that a PDF version of the S95 manual is also available online for download.

Tomorrow, we’ll fire up the S95 and take some photos out in the wild.

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