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With a 12x optical Image Stabilizer lens, Face Detection Technology and extensive movie options the PowerSh... See full description.
  • Compact
  • 3264x2448 pixels

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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.


  • 12x optical zoom lens with IS
  • 8.0 Megapixels
  • Extensive movie options
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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