Best Beginner Digital Camera – Canon S95

Canon S95

I get asked at least once a week about what the best beginner digital camera is and for the past few months I’ve been recommending the Canon S95.  When my girlfriend and I decided to take a vacation this past Spring I decided to take my own advice and purchase the camera I’d been recommending to everyone.  All I can say is WOW, seriously…  So what makes this camera so amazing?  I’m actually not sure where to start so I’ll just make a quick list of the things that really stood out to me.

  • Small Size – It’s the perfect size to stick in your pocket and carry everywhere.  They say the best camera is the one you have with you and this one definitely fits the bill.  I’d say it’s about the size of a deck of cards when off.  Both the flash and lens extend out when turned on which is a cool feature.
  • Image Stabilizer – I didn’t know how big of  a difference image stabilization made until I bought this camera.  Whether it’s low light shots or shooting movies, this camera does a great job is not giving you blurry photos or shaky videos.
  • 720P HD Video – I know this is site is about digital photography, but the HD video that this Canon S95 shoots is just amazing.  I found myself shooting a lot more video which is great for capturing memories with sound.
  • Simple Menu System – I’m sure you’re thinking “menu system”…what the heck are you talking about?  Canon has an amazing menu system which makes changing settings and setting up the camera so incredibly easy.  I actually talked myself into buying another camera before the Canon S95 and ended up returning it because it was so confusing to use.
  • Overall Picture Quality – As a professional photographer it was hard to leave by giant DSLR camera at home and carry around a point and shoot, but the images this Canon S95 takes are just stunning.  I’ve included a few below for you to take a look at and remember these are pretty much straight out of the camera and were taken on full auto mode.

Honestly I could ramble on about this camera for quite awhile, but I’m going to let the photos do the talking.  I just can’t say enough good things about the Canon S95.  When Canon comes up with a newer model I’ll definitely look into it, but until then this is the camera to get.  If you want to pick up one for yourself head over to Amazon for the best prices and fast shipping.  Canon S95 at Amazon.com

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