Canon S95 Quick Guide: Tips & Resources for Beginners

Canon S95 Tips & Resources

Manual: Download the official Canon S95 PDF manual (provided by Canon).

Approved Memory Cards & Capacity: The Canon S95 is compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC and HC MMCplus memory cards.

Card Size No. of Images (Fine) No. of Images (RAW) Min. of Video (480p)
8GB 3,013 585 51 min
16GB 6,026 1,170 102 min
32GB 12,052 2,340 204 min

Battery Life & Charger Info:

Compatible Charger Compatible Battery Battery Life
Canon CB-2LY Canon NB-6L 200 shots

Recommended Bags & Cases: The Canon S95 is 3.94″ long by 2.28″ tall by 1.18″ wide. Here are the best cases and bags that fit the S95 like a glove.

Compact Stylish Rugged Underwater
Canon PSC-900
Compact Case
Canon PSC-910
Leather Case
Lowepro Volta 20
Rigid Case
Canon WP-DC38
Underwater Housing

Filter Size & Adapters: The Canon S95 can accept 37mm filters with the help of the Lensmate 37mm filter adapter. Here are my recommended filters.

37mm UV 37mm Polarizer 37mm ND 3 Stop 37mm ND 10 Stop
B+W, Hoya, Tiffen B+W, Hoya, Tiffen B+W, Hoya, Tiffen B+W, Hoya

Compatible External Flash:

Portable Flash Canon HF-DC1 (attaches via tripod mount / fires when built-in flash fires)

Other Compatible Accessories:

Waterproof Case HDMI Cable
Canon WP-DC38 Underwater Housing HDMI to Mini-HDMI cable for HDTV photo/video playback

Initial Setup:

Setting Selection Manual
Highest Image Size & Quality Select JPEG (L) or RAW Pg. 76
Highest Image Quality Compression Select FINE Pg. 76
ISO (Outdoors/Bright Light) Select an ISO of 80 Pg. 80
ISO (Indoors/Low Light) Select Auto or manually set between 400 to 1600 Pg. 80
White Balance Select Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Underwater or Custom Pg. 82

Cool Effects:

Effect Selection Manual
Shoot in Black and White FUNC/SET → My Colors → B/W Pg. 85
Increase Color Saturation FUNC/SET → My Colors → V Pg. 85
Subject in Color/Background Black & White SCN Mode → FUNC/SET → Color Accent (icon: Eyedropper+A) Pg. 109
Swap Color with Another SCN Mode → FUNC/SET → Color Swap (icon: Eyedropper+S) Pg. 110
Panoramic Shots SCN mode → FUNC/SET → Stitch Assist (icon: Box w/ left or right arrow) Pg. 112
Miniature Tilt-shift Effect (tutorial) SCN Mode → FUNC/SET → Miniature Effect (icon: Building) Pg. 72

Better Control & Performance:

Setting Selection Manual
Close-ups Select Macro Mode (left arrow) Pg. 75
Quick burst of shots FUNC/SET → Drive Mode → Continuous (icon: three boxes) Pg. 84
Imprint the Time & Date MENU → Shooting tab (icon : camera) → Date Stamp Pg. 58
Include Yourself in the Photo Select the Self-Timer (down arrow) Pg. 66