Canon Powershot S5 IS reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 24 reviews.
Canon Powershot S5 IS: 8 MP (Megapixels), 12x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
No remote control option
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Mar 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
all but bad point
Bad points:
switch on fast is fidley
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 May 2008

Rosemary, Ballymena enjoys outdoors

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to use, good quality pics
Bad points:
haven't found any yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Aug 2008

Eric, London First time camera user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Top viewer as well as LCD screen. You can angle the LCD screen making it easier to view even in sunlight. Good zoom feature.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Jun 2008

margaret, glasgow am honest

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
this is a very goog camera Iwas not keen when i first saw it but it is very easy to use and takes very good stills.
Bad points:
not found any
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2008

Michael, Crediton Im an senior citizen

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Lens cap keeps falling off
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Apr 2008

Pacoflan, West Sussex

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The main advantage to this camera is its fantastic rotating lcd screen which comes in very handy especially when shooting over other people. 8 mega pixels is plenty to get great detail even with larger prints, and the optical zoom is decent. The movie mode also allows pictures to be taken in the middle of recording, and you can use the zoom for the movies as well so this feature is impressive [for a digital camera]. The two colour scenes (colour swap and colour accent), which are exclusive to Canon, allow great creative shots, whereby you can highlight one single colour to be highlighted in your photo, with the rest taken in black and white, so overall, this camera is absolutely great.
Bad points:
Zoom could be a bit greater.
No rechargeable batteries included, so be prepared to buy some
You're likely to need to buy a large size memory card to take advantage of the movie mode and take pictures at full quality.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Feb 2008

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3264x2448
Optical zoom ratio 12
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SD Card
Media format MMC Card
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 450
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3200
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 117x8x77.7
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.7-3.5
In-built memory (Megabytes) 32
Release date 2007-06-27
Height in mm 8.0
Width in mm 117
Depth in mm 7.8
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 432
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 36

Also known as: Powershot S5 IS, Canon PSS5IS

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Manufacturer's Description

With a 12x optical Image Stabilizer lens, Face Detection Technology and extensive movie options the PowerShot S5 IS excels in any situation. Enjoy versatile shooting with Speedlite flash compatibility.

Features

  • 12x optical zoom lens with IS
  • 8.0 Megapixels
  • Extensive movie options
  • DIGIC III and iSAPS
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE
  • Red-Eye Correction
  • ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
  • 2.5" vari-angle LCD
  • 22 shooting modes
  • Accessories include Speedlite flashes

The power to excel – any time, anywhere

High performance optics
A powerful 12x optical zoom lens features Canon’s renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology to counteract camera shake. An Ultrasonic Motor (USM) ensures fast and near-silent operation1. UD lens technology and SuperSpectra coating reduce chromatic aberrations, flare and ghosting for sharp images with superb colour accuracy.

Resolution
An 8.0 Megapixel sensor captures the fine detail in every scene, enabling you to crop or enlarge images and create large-scale prints.

Extensive movie options
Shoot 30fps VGA quality movies with stereo sound, or record QVGA movies at 60fps and analyse in sharp slow motion. Make full resolution stills while recording with the Photo in Movie feature.

DIGIC III with iSAPS
Canon’s DIGIC III processor provides lightning quick responses, superb image quality and advanced noise reduction for cleaner images at high ISO speeds. iSAPS technology analyses each scene to optimise key camera settings even before a shot is taken.

Face Detection Technology
Face Detection AF/AE/FE ensures superb people shots by automatically detecting up to 9 faces in the frame and selecting the optimum focus, exposure and flash settings. In Movie mode, Face Detection AF/AE achieves accurate exposure and focus even when the subject is moving towards or away from the camera.

Red-Eye Correction
During playback Face Detection Technology allows you to quickly and accurately correct red-eye.

Sharp low light shooting
Shoot improved images in dim conditions with ISO 1600 – ideal in galleries or museums where flash photography is prohibited. Use Auto ISO Shift to avoid image blur with the touch of a button whenever camera shake is predicted.

Extra large vari-angle LCD
The 2.5" high-resolution vari-angle LCD lets you frame from challenging angles and share playback with friends. Night Display mode enhances screen visibility after dark.

Shooting modes and My Colors
A choice of 22 shooting modes includes Manual mode for creative control and 0cm Super Macro mode for extreme close-ups. Apply in-camera colour effects to images and movies with My Colors.

Accessories
A comprehensive range of accessories including lens hood and wide/tele/close-up converter lenses. A hotshoe on the PowerShot S5 IS enables the use of selected Canon Speedlite flashes.

1Zoom speed and noise vary between still image and movie capture modes


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