View Full Version : Canon S1 IS or the A95
If you had only these two choices which camera would you choose? The camera will be used for stills, for ipsc action shots, and whatever else a newbie can come up with. Funds are limited so I don't think I'll be able to get the S2 IS.
Do not overlook the Powershot series, SD400.
In summary, the S1 has a 10x lens range and image stabilization. It has a 3.2 MP sensor which is good to enlarge to about 8x10 or slightly larger.
The A95 has a 5MP sensor, but a 3x range of the lens.
The A95 is smaller. Both take nice photos.
How about the A520?
The movie mode is important. What's the mode like in the A95?
See Steve's Digicam review.
Movie mode w/sound, 640x480 for up to 30secs, 320x240 and 160x120 up to 3 minutes
A95 is a wonderful little camera, very pocketable. Pictures are crisp. Unfortunately, manual focus is not very intuitive, and I never managed to get macro mode to work well (focus tends to wander). Granted, it's my SO's camera, but she hasn't got it to work well in macro either. I have no experience with S1 IS, but in general I am not too keen on cameras with EVFs. To hard on my tired eyes. I prefer optical finders.
If macro was not my priority, I wouldn't hesitate to buy A95 for a moment.
How's the movie mode on the A95?
I haven't tried it, but like all of the older cameras it probably uses only the wide angle. As to the specs, here they are:
640 x 480 pixels @ 10fps (max clip 30 secs)
320 x 240 pixels @ 15fps (max clip 3 mins)
160 x 120 pixels @ 15fps (max clip 3 mins)
Motion JPEG (.avi)
I do movie mode at 12.5 fps on my Olympus, and trust me, anything short of 30 fps is lousy.
You would have to look at the latest Kodak P880 for a good, flexible movie mode. Here is the relevant extract from Kodak's press release:
Video takes on a new dimension with the EASYSHARE P880 camera a function not available in dSLRs. Capture VGA video at 30 frames per second (Motion JPEG compression) with the unique ability to use full optical zoom, then trim, cut, splice and merge clips on the camera. Even extract individual video frames as JPEGs at 640 x 480 resolution presenting an ultra-high-speed alternative to the cameras multiple burst modes (first/last/time lapse burst) which can then be shared and printed up to 4 x 6 inches.
I would, of course, take the last statement about printing VGA at 4x6 with a grain of salt (if you care about quality).
Look into the Kodak DX6490 - what a camera for the price!
I just got the Kodak Z 740 and love it..Very east to use..great pictures...printing from the printer dock can get expensive..at about .60 cents a print..That I don't like.
Unless you want a large zoom (10x), go with the A95. The S1 is only 3.2MP and the A95 is 5MP. I enjoyed my A80 and the A95 has been a great replacement (wanted a 5MP+ camera). I agree with Gen. Sherman, do your comparison research. I like the fact of AA batteries (available everywhere) and the rotating CCD viewfinder (keeps it from getting scratched or broken). My A80 will now become part of my deployment kit. Great camera for the price.
Originally posted by walangkatapat
What's the mode like in the A95?
If you haven't bought it yet, Canon has just announced replacements (http://www.dpreview.com/news/0508/05082202canona610a620.asp) for A95.
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