Canon PowerShot S95 – Update #2

After a few more months of usage of the Canon PowerShot S95 I have one more slightly curious thing that I have noticed. Even though I think that flash pictures often turn out rather flat and often lose much of the natural atmosphere I – at times – find that natural light is not enough and switch on the built-in flash. I have now finally gotten used to the fact that the flash pops up exactly where I usually hold my left hand fingers! 😉  Using the “P” setting and auto-ISO I have noticed that the S95 quite often ramp up the ISO value to 500 or 640 resulting in rather unnecessary noise in the picture. This happens even when the motif is quite close (about 1 meter or 3 feet)  – both to the camera and the background! It is quite possible to manually select ISO 80 and take the picture – which will turn out much better! This is puzzling me as the built-in flash can produce such a strong flash!  I can take virtually noise free and well-lit pictures with ISO 80 at 5 meters (15 feet) – if I set the ISO value manually! The disadvantage is this will load the battery more as the flash will have to be much stronger.

Remember to set your ISO value manually to ISO 80 if you want your flash pictures to look their best!

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  1. #1 by Allan on July 31, 2012 - 20:39

    Hello Mr. Photoman,

    I am a new s95 user, just spent almost the whole night reading articles from your site. Very informative, especially for beginners like myself. Please keep up the excellent work.

    I tried to take some pictures with ISO 80 last night and they looked awesome. Would you recommend to leave it as my default setting even for pictures without using flash? If so, what are the drawbacks if any?

    It would be great if you can write an article on recommend settings for people who use the P-mode and want to set it & forget it. Thanks again for all your tips from this site! I really enjoyed it.


    • #2 by sfennl on August 2, 2012 - 01:05

      Hello Allan,

      Thank you for your nice comments – it’s these that tops up my energy for writing! 🙂

      Good idea with an article on recommended settings – I will try to get one done … ehrm … soon! 😉

      A quick answer to your question: The drawback with setting ISO at 80 for all photography is that you will have to (the whole time) whatch out for too long exposure times – and that is not so nice!
      I will be back with a fuller answer for you shortly!

      You are very welcome back to my blog! 😉

    • #3 by sfennl on November 2, 2012 - 00:59

      Hello Allan!

      I have just written the article suggested by you. Come and have a read and a look!

      Thanks for the inspiration!

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