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Nothing is perfect — but God is merciful…

In case you didn’t understand the caption, the photo was taken in a mosque, where Moslem men were going to perform Friday Prayer. Men shouldn’t pray with a ripped sarong

Side Story :

I have promised a Canon S95 review long time ago, when I first bought it. I haven’t really use it to give a solid verdict until now. As you can see in the archive, I’ve been using this camera a lot lately. I won’t be giving a long review, though. Just the verdict.

Lately, I am using Canon S95 for several reasons. The main reason is because I’m still not comfortable in using a (somewhat) bigger camera (D90) in Bandung. For size and stealthiness, S95 is definitely better than D90.

Image quality, Dynamic Range, ISO performance, sharpness and color rendition are fine — not amazing, but not bad either. It’s acceptable.

In terms of operation, it performs well. From a P&S point of view, it works more than I would need. I don’t really need the fancy stuff — just manual mode and RAW capabilities. The camera has enough buttons and dials to manually and quickly adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO, so all is well.

The auto-focus and shutter-lag is acceptable — of course, I’m not comparing it with a DSLR.

So, all in all, it’s acceptable.

The only shortcoming that I’m still not happy about is the lack of optical viewfinder (OVF).

When I bought the camera, I thought I can adapt and happily compose a shot on LCD screen.

Now I know I’m not.


Canon S95 is acceptable for my needs, but it won’t replace my D90. Thus, the search of the perfect camera (for travel and walk-around) continues.

Don’t get me wrong, D90 is a great camera. D90 and 24mm f/2.8 are all I need for most of the time… but sometimes, I feel the camera is too big and heavy. So, if I ever replace my D90 for travel and walk-around camera, I want to replace it with something small(er), great IQ, manual control and RAW capabilities, OVF, and won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Honestly, I already set my mind on a camera — but I want to rent it for a day before deciding.

I think I’m going to do it after I relocate to the new place :D… If I like it, I’m going to save money for it.

*Ciumbuleuit, Bandung, Indonesia


2 responses

  1. you know that when I asked you (a million times) why you should buy a new camera, you can always refer to this post, right?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:44

    • Does this mean I get the ‘go-ahead’ to buy the new camera? :D

      September 18, 2012 at 22:35

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