After much mental debate, I ordered an S95 this week as a purse-sized companion to my 60D. I've been drooling over the series ever since the S90 came out with the combination of RAW files and ease of use, and the S95 looked even better with the improved control rings and slight body/button redesign.
After receiving it yesterday and spending a couple hours walking the city with it today, all I can say is - Wow!
For such a tiny camera, the amount of control I can get over my photos is really quite impressive. I spent most of the day in Av mode, just as I would with my dSLR, and once I got familiar with the controls, it was amazingly quick and easy to change settings as appropriate for the scene. And manual mode is just as simple to use and adjust, with the bonus of the live preview on the beautiful LCD. The quick change from normal to macro mode is also simple and handy for close-ups of flowers and other things that need detail. Plus, being a tiny camera, it's much less likely to get noticed walking around the city than my beast of a 60D.
Once I got home and dropped the RAW files into Adobe LightRoom, I was absolutely thrilled with the quality of results from this camera. Tack sharp where they need to be, and the white balance was right on as well. The whole day's worth of photos were nearly ready to use right out of the camera, with only a little noise reduction required for some of the higher ISO shots. (That's not to say I didn't have a little fun with them anyway.) And since I shot in RAW + JPG, I didn't really even need to process, as most of the JPGs looked great.
While the S95 may not suffice for someone doing a lot of low light or fast-moving kids/pets/sports photos, it's great for the times I want to wander around the city without calling attention to a giant camera, or for when I want to take a camera somewhere without packing an entire camera bag.
And now, on with the example pics!
Straight out of camera JPG, flash fired in a VERY dark space, at full or nearly full zoom:
Pink nose, pink toes by Meghan A, on Flickr
Tack sharp at the flower's center, with some fairly good depth-of-field as well:
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Lone Flower by Meghan A, on Flickr
Hand held, manual exposure, 1/6 shutter speed and f/8.0
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Waterfall by Meghan A, on Flickr
Nice, even exposure without blowing the highlights (well, without blowing them too badly) or losing detail in the shadows:
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Don't Walk by Meghan A, on Flickr
And now I must go RTFM to figure out how to get my focus point off dead center.