My photographic heroes have always been street-shooters like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau. Street shooting is a sub-genre of documentary photography and is primarily concerned with capturing images of people in naturally lit and candid situations that evocatively depict or dramatically reveal some aspect of the human condition. The elegant little S95 is almost perfect for street photography – it is compact, responsive, unobtrusive, and dependably generates first rate images.
I saw this typical street image unfolding as I walked by and was able to capture the decisive moment without either of the subjects becoming aware of my presence. This image was shot near dusk in poor light and shows just how reliable the S95 is in Program mode.
According to Canon the S95 is an updated “sibling” of the S90 and not its replacement, which seems to indicate that the S90 will (at least for the time being) remain in Canon’s product catalog. It looks as if the megapixel wars may finally be drawing to a close, at least for Canon, and that’s a good thing because point-and-shoots with 12 and 14 megapixel resolution don’t necessarily produce better pictures than cameras with 10 megapixel resolution – they just generate bigger image files. So far I’m impressed with the S95 and if I were buying a P&S right now – the S95 would definitely be on my short list. Check back soon for our full review.
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