Canon S95

The Canon Powershot S95 is an advanced compact point-and-shoot digital camera, promising great low-light shooting and a host of manual controls. The key differentiators for the Canon S95 are in the 10.4 megapixels CCD image sensor and the lens that it incorporates. With a sensor size of 1/1.7-inch vs the standard sensor size of 1/2.5-inch found in most other compact digital cameras, the Powershot S95 has a clear edge in terms of image quality. Coupled with this is a bright F2.0, 28-105mm lens. Here again, with the lens aperture being F2.0 at 28mm, the S95 promises faster performance in low-light situations.

Canon Powershot S95: It’s good for low-light shooting.

So is the Canon S95 a good buy? Yes, especially if you are looking for a compact point-and-shoot that will not falter in low light and offers full manual mode with RAW support. What comes in the way of an otherwise excellent product is its price tag—the Canon S95 is over-priced.

Specifications

Sensor: 10.4 megapixels

ISO range: 80–3,200

Screen: 3 inches, 461,000 pixels

Optical zoom: 3.8x

Video recording: HD 1280x720@24 fps

Website: www.canon.co.in

Price: 26,995

Rating*

Features: 8

Performance: 8

Build: 8.5

Value for money: 5

Overall: 7.5

HP Envy 3D 17

HP Envy 3D 17: It meets the requirement for most popular games.

3D support is at hand, and glasses are bundled, and it works well on the bundled demo content with good colour and depth being salient highlights, unlike some 3D TVs we’ve seen that fail. However, we couldn’t get 3D working on the games.

Hard-core gamers will want to get more than 27.16 fps in Crysis Warhead (1280x1024, no AA), though at 51.6 fps in Call of Pripyat at identical settings in DX11 mode, we figure this will play slightly less demanding games with relative ease. Certainly the performance is more than what is needed for most popular online games such as World of Warcraft and Counterstrike. Note that the HD 5850 gets very hot when gaming, particularly if the venting holes are blocked.

The price is too high even for a gaming set-up that boasts of 3D viewing. While the Envy isn’t exactly great value for money, or the best performing notebook out there, it is the cheapest 3D-capable notebook at the moment.

SPECIFICATIONS

Display size: 17.3 inches

Resolution: 1,920x1,080 pixels

CPU: Core i5, 480M

RAM: 4 GB DDR3 1333 Mhz

GPU: Radeon HD 5850M

HDD: 640 GB, 7,200 rpm

Weight: 3.41kg

Website: www.hp.com

Price: 93,550 (taxes extra)

RATING*

Features: 7.5

Performance: 7

Build: 7

Value for money: 5.5

Overall: 7

*Out of 10

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