Canon IXUS 95 IS Review

Ultra Compact

Canon IXUS 95 IS Ease of Use 8
Features 8
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality9
Colours 8
Photo Quality 9
Style 9
Lowlight 9
Macro 9
Value for Money 8
10 Megapixels
3x Zoom
2.5 inch LCD Screen
88.5 x 54.8 x 21.8mm


The Canon IXUS 95 IS is a 10 megapixel, pocket camera. It has a 3x optical zoom with built in image stabilisation. The IXUS 95 IS also has a viewfinder as well as a 2.5 inch LCD screen.

Why Buy The Canon IXUS 95 IS

The biggest reason for buying is picture quality. This camera outperforms many of its rivals especially when it comes to the sharpness of the photos it produces. The IXUS 95 IS also had the fastest start up time of any camera I have tested to date.

Main Features

LCD Screen:

2.5 inches
88.5 x 54.8 x 21.8mm

HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Memory Cards:

Lithium ion

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

All in all this is a good photo for a small compact camera. Sharpness is well above average and there is very little fall off in focusing as you move out towards the edges. Where the sun strikes the boats one or two of the blue lines have taken on a purple tinge. There is also a slight haze effect happening in places around the brightest areas of the shot.

This photo is noticeable sharper than I am used to seeing. When no zoom is being used most digital cameras, especially the smaller ones, find accurate focusing a big challenge. The IXUS 95 IS passes this test well and you should be able to produce sharp looking, larger prints.

There are similarities with the first two test photos. The shot is very sharp, much sharper than is typical. Some of the blue lines on the boats have taken on a purple tinge, but this will only be noticeable at this distance if you make extreme sized prints.

Taking all four of my outdoor scenic shots into account I would say you will be hard pressed to find a pocket camera that takes sharper shots than this one. It is also impressive just how sharp these pictures remain as you move out towards the edges of each photo.


I am happy with all three of my portrait shots. Starting off with this outdoor one I have boosted the warmth in the colour by using a white balance setting of cloudy. I would recommend using this setting if you are taking portrait shots either under cloudy conditions or in the shade.

The flash unit emits even light. This helps to lighten the whole photo rather than just the face in the centre. There is only minimal light bouncing back off the face as the IXUS 95 IS is able to judge accurately the amount of light required.

All pocket cameras find it difficult to produce a truly crisp photo once lighting levels start to fall. The IXUS 95 IS produces a creditable effort suggesting you should at least be able to produce window light, portrait shots.

Macro, Colours and Noise

There are a few areas where Canon digital cameras always tend to do well. Macro shots are one of them. It does not seem to matter that much what size of lens is being used. Canon models are consistently able to take good quality close up shots.

The colours produced by the IXUS 95 IS retain a natural feel to them. You should find you are able to take bright, colourful photos.

My higher ISO tests are in line with expectations. Noise becomes more and more evident as you increase the ISO setting, especially once you go above ISO 400.


The IXUS 95 IS is one of the very best pocket cameras when it comes to picture quality.

See sample images link arrow


In terms of shape this camera has a roughly standard, rectangular look. The area around the lens is highly reflective. It is available in silver, grey, blue and pink.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.3 seconds
10.19 seconds
1.01 seconds
17.73 seconds
1.19 seconds

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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Par There is nothing overly demanding about this camera. The menu contains a few extra items and controls compare with other cameras and it will take a bit of extra time for you to learn them all.

Points I Like

Picture quality, style, build quality, start up time, viewfinder

Where it Could Improve

A longer zoom could come in handy


I would say that the Canon IXUS 95 IS offers the best value for money out of the three pocket models introduced by Canon in the spring of 2009. It offers very good all round picture quality and has a great start up time.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

menu setup

playback functions

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Canon IXUS 95 IS Review Canon IXUS 95 IS Specification Canon IXUS 95 IS Sample Images Canon IXUS 95 IS Features Canon Digital Cameras

Review Date

May 2009

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