Canon Powershot A95 Review
Features & Controls
The A95 features a 3X (38-114mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-4.9 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.
An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. Focusing range is 1.5 ft. (45cm) to infinity in normal mode and macro coverage is 2 in. (5cm) to 1.5 ft. (45cm) in wide angle and 9.8 in. (25cm) to 1.5 ft. (45cm) in telephoto. In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.
Attaching auxiliary Canon lenses - press the button and remove the dress ring, attach the optional LA-DC52D Conversion Lens Adapter and then the Canon WC-DC52C 0.7x Wide Converter lens, TC-DC52A 1.75x Tele-converter lens or the 250D 52mm Close-up Lens.
The LA-DC52C adapter also allows the use of any 52mm filters or lenses.
folks now have
both a 37mm (shown above) and a 52mm lens adapter for the Canon A80/A95 camera.
The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction On or Auto. Flash range is
1.5 ft. (45cm) - 14 ft. (4.4m) in wide angle, 1.5 ft. - 8.2 ft. (2.5m) in telephoto or 9.8 in. (25cm) - 1.5 (45cm) ft. in macro
mode. The AF-assist lamp also serves as a red-eye reduction lamp.
You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery
power you can use the optical finder. This is a coupled viewfinder with
approx. 80% to 85% coverage. It has no dioptric adjustment. Next to the
finder are two LEDs that indicate the flash and focus status.
On the top you'll find the On/Off button, the shutter release with the zoom
lens control mounted around it. In playback mode the zoom lever functions as
the index and magnified image control. The Mode Dial with positions for:
Custom, Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Program AE, Auto,
Portrait, Landscape, Night, Fast, Slow, Special Scene, Stitch-Assist and
Movie. See the next page for more information about the exposure modes.
The A95 is the first "A" series PowerShot we have seen from Canon that
features a rotating LCD. It can be rotated up to 360°.
In the upper right is the Play / Record switch. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback, the SET button accepts menu selections, the MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu screens, and the FUNCtion button gives you access to many settings (Exposure compensation, white balance, ISO, Color effects, image quality and image size.), it also functions as the image delete button in playback mode. In record mode you press "Up" to change flash modes and press "Down" to change the focus mode. The Print/Share button speeds and simplifies printing to Direct Print and PictBridge compliant printers, as well as transferring images to operating systems like Windows XP, Me, 2000, and 98, and the DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it.
See the next page for more information about the Record mode menus.
The I/O ports: AV Out handles monaural audio and video to connect to a TV set with
the supplied cable. The DIGITAL port connects USB to the computer for image
download and camera control with the supplied RemoteCapture software. It also allows
for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, the Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200, CP-300, and Canon Bubblejet Direct photo printers.
Not shown is the DC INput jack on the back for an optional AC power supply.
The Powershot A95 is equipped with a Type I CompactFlash card slot and comes with
a High Speed 32MB CF card. It can handle any capacity CF Type I card.
The A95 can be powered by four standard AA-type batteries, alkaline, NiMH (nickel metal hydride), or lithium cells. Canon claims with AA Alkaline batteries you can capture approx. 140 shots (LCD on), 500 shots (LCD off), and 280 minutes of continuous playback time. With NiMH cells Canon clams approx. 500 shots (LCD on), 1000 shots (LCD off), and 360 minutes of continuous playback time. Check out our NiMH rechargeable battery page for more info on NiMH battery types.
Canon also offers a battery and charger kit CBK4-200 that includes both a
charger unit and four rechargeable AA-size NiMH batteries. The
A95 can also be powered by the AC Adapter Kit ACK600 for unlimited runtime
from your wall outlet.
For all-weather protection and use underwater to depths up to 130 feet, the WP-DC50 Waterproof Case is just the ticket for the Powershot A95.
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