The C195 measures 3.8" by 2.4" by 1.2" and weighs 6.2 ounces with batteries and an SD card connected.
The C195 captures images using a 1 / 2.3" CCD with a total pixel size of 14.5 megapixels and 14 effective megapixels, a maximum resolution of 4314 by 3242. The camera has a 5x optical zoom and a 5x continuous digital zoom. The camera offers blur reduction for image stabilization and has a lens range equivalent to a 35 mm camera's range of 33 and 165 mm. The camera's shutter speed is between 1/1400 and 1/4 of a second, and it has a 3" LCD offering a resolution of 960 by 240 rated for indoor and outdoor use to compensate for the lack of a viewfinder. The camera also has 32MB of internal memory and support for SD and SDHC memory cards.
The camera has a TTL-AF focus system. In normal shooting mode, it has a range between .5m and infinity in wide and between 1m and infinity in telephoto. In macro mode, it has a range between .1 and .8m in wide and .5 and 1m in telephoto. It offers a multizone autofocus as well as a center zone autofocus and face priority.
The camera's exposure control can be set between ISO 64 and ISO 400 when in automatic settings and manually to ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1000. It offers exposure compensation between -2 and +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps. Its white balance settings can be set to automatic, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, and open shade.
The camera's flash has a range between .3 and 4m at wide and at ISO 400. At telephoto and at ISO 400, its range is between 1 and 2m. The camera offers auto, fill, red eye reduction, and flash off modes.
The camera can be set to capture images using a 2-second or 10-second self timer as well as a 2-shot drive mode or in a 3-shot burst mode. It offers face detection and recognition and a number of shooting modes: Smart Capture, program (P), scene and video are all available. As a subsection of scene, it can be set to portrait, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flower, museum/manner, self-portrait, high-ISO, children, backlight, panning shots, candlelight, sunset, sport, blur reduction, and panorama.
The camera captures images at several resolutions and in many aspect ratios. In 4:3, the camera can capture images at 1280 by 960, 2048 by 1536, 2880 by 2160, and 4288 by 3216. In 3:2 the camera shoots at 4288 by 2848, and in 16:9 at 1920 by 1088 and 4288 by 2416. It offers vivid, full, basic, sepia, and black and white color modes, sharpness set at high, normal, or low, and limited on-camera editing. Long exposures are available between .5 and 8 seconds.
The camera captures video using Quicktime motion JPEG with audio at 640 by 480 at 30 frames per second and up to 4GB in size. It offers limited review and editing options on-camera.
The camera includes a share button to make it possible to easily upload files to social media services.
The camera connects to computers and printers via USB 2.0 and is powered by AA sized batteries. It has a 1/4" standard tripod mount.