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Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8.0 MP Digital Camera - Black

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May 2007  Canon  PowerShot  PowerShot S/SX Series  Point & Shoot  Compact Sensor  8 megapixel  CCD  12 x optical zoom  Built-in Flash
The ultra-powerful 12x optical zoom on the PowerShot S5 IS means you'll get the shot you want with no compromise, yet that's only the beginning of what makes this camera so exciting. The S5 IS is loaded with many of Canon's technologies including the DIGIC III Image Processor, so ...

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  • Canon PowerShot S5 IS Review
    By Lori Grunin - June 11, 2007 - CNET
    Pros: Tons of manual and automatic features; well-laid-out controls; solid body; nice LCD display.

    Cons: Lens aberrations and vignetting; some processing artifacts; lacks raw file support; redesigned lens cap still pops off too easily.

    Bottom Line: Though it remains a good megazoom, thanks to continued image and lens artifacts, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is slowly losing ground to competitors.

    Photo gallery:Canon PowerShot S5 IS

    There was a lot to like about the Canon PowerShot S3 IS, and much of it remains in this year's PowerShot S5 IS, including Canon's veteran optical image-stabilization technology, excellent metering and focusing systems, the signature flip-and-twist LCD display, and a hefty set of manual and semimanual controls. The S5 IS bumps up to 8 megapixels from the S3's 6-megapixel sensor, increases the LCD size from 2 to 2.5 inches, and adds trendy bonus features like face-detection autofocus/autoexposure, maximum sensitivity of ISO 1600, and an ISO-shift mode that lets you jack up the setting with a button press when the camera tells you the shutter speed is too slow. We can thank the upgrade to a Digic III processor for many of the new capabilities.

    I liked my description of the S3 IS so much I'll use it again for the S5 IS: its aesthetic seems to be a cross between those of a classic Volkswagen Beetle and a Busy ... Read full review

  • Review: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
    By staff - July 31, 2007 - TechRadar UK
    When is an SLR not an SLR? When it's a Canon S5. The S5 certainly looks like one with its large lens, chunky handgrip, hotshoe for external flash and enough switches and dials to start a science experiment.

    The S5 is a little smaller than an SLR, you can't change the lens and there's no through-the-lens optical viewfinder. Instead, you get a fixed 12x zoom lens, an electronic viewfinder and no option for shooting RAW files. What you do get is one hell of a compact camera.

    The S5 replaces the S3 (there wasn't an S4) and uses the same 36-432mm zoom lens. The S5 has sharper corners than the S3 and the viewfinder has been placed higher to make space for a larger 2.5-inch LCD (2-inch on the S3), which all adds to its purposeful stance.

    Despite the rugged, handsome looks, there are a few annoyances. To access the SD card you have to open the cumbersome, spring-loaded battery compartment - there should be a separate slot. The grip is chunky but isn't rubberised enough to inspire confidence and the lens cap falls off at any opportunity. On top of that, there's no lens hood.

    Another aggravation is there's no extensive paper manual. The CD-only manual is hardly an option should you need to consult it in the field.

    Face time

    Within the black, plastic body, the S5 now boasts an 8MP sensor to bring it more in line with the competition.

    More significant is Face Detection technology, which Canon claims, "ensures superb people shots by automatically detecting up to nine faces in a frame and selecting the optimum focus, exposure and flash setting." Read full review

  • Canon Powershot S5 IS Review
    By - September 17, 2007 -
    The Canon Powershot S5 IS is the most high spec super zoom camera I have tested. As well as manual exposure controls it offers more options that its rivals in a number of other areas. These include flash, colour effects and focusing. You will also find a pull out and twist LCD screen and a viewfinder you can focus to suit your own eyesight. The Powershot S5 IS is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 12x zoom lens and image stabilisation.

    Image Quality
    Outdoor 1
    The first outdoor shot gets my tests off to a good start. Strong colours, sharp focusing and any glare from the sun is handled well.

    Outdoor 2
    Another good effort. There is plenty of strong colour. This is especially noticeable in the sky. The Powershot S5 IS also produces a sharper focus then most other digital cameras manage with the lens zoomed right out.

    Outdoor 3
    This is a surprisingly disappointing photo. With the lens zoomed in to its maximum capacity there is a clear loss of sharpness towards the edges of the photo. There is also lot of reddish fringing. This is where a reddish line is added to the edges of objects where they are caught by the sun. Although the fringing is a problem with most super zoom cameras, the problems with this photo are important as one of the main reasons for buying this type of camera is its ability to zoom in from distance.

    Outdoor Portrait
    This is one of the better outdoor portraits I have taken. The photo is sharply focused and I like the colours and the lighting.

    Indoor Portrait
    This is another photo where I think the Powershot S5 IS does exceptionally well. Again the colours are spot on, difficult lighting is handled very well and focusing is very sharp. Although the camera has a manual red eye correction facility red eye is not likely to be a big issue with this camera as the flash pops up away from the lens reducing the possibility of red eye occurring. Read full review


Product TypeDigital camera - compact
Sensor Resolution8.0 Megapixel
Optical Sensor TypeCCD
Total Pixels8,300,000 pixels
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