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Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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    9.0 9.0 from 712 reviewers
  • Expert Score (30)
    7.7 7.7 from 30 reviewers
  • Design (4)
    5.3 5.3 from 4 reviewers
  • Value for money (58)
    5.2 5.2 from 58 reviewers
  • Features (27)
    6.1 6.1 from 27 reviewers
  • Ease of use (109)
    5.1 5.1 from 109 reviewers
  • Performance (86)
    5.5 5.5 from 86 reviewers
  • Picture quality (115)
    5.4 5.4 from 115 reviewers
  • Durability (82)
    5.2 5.2 from 82 reviewers
  • Battery performance (106)
    5.0 5.0 from 106 reviewers
  • Display (98)
    5.9 5.9 from 98 reviewers
  • Photo quality (81)
    5.4 5.4 from 81 reviewers
  • Video quality (25)
    6.2 6.2 from 25 reviewers
  • Audio & image quality (2)
    5.4 5.4 from 2 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (83)
    5.8 5.8 from 83 reviewers
  • Appearance (4)
    5.3 5.3 from 4 reviewers
  • Portability (16)
    4.5 4.5 from 16 reviewers
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    5.5 5.5 from 3 reviewers
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    5.7 5.7 from 2 reviewers
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The S5 IS is a multi function hybrid camera that is the fourth installment of Canon cameras that are known for their superzoom lens. It uses a DIGIC III processor which has a more advanced Face Detection Technology and red-eye correction to improve images.

Features

At 450 grams, it has 8.0 megapixels under its belt. It has a 12x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. It has a 2.5 inch high resolution LCD monitor that makes image shooting easier. Another feature of the S5 IS is Optical Image Stabilizer Te…

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The S5 IS is a multi function hybrid camera that is the fourth installment of Canon cameras that are known for their superzoom lens. It uses a DIGIC III processor which has a more advanced Face Detection Technology and red-eye correction to improve images.

Features

At 450 grams, it has 8.0 megapixels under its belt. It has a 12x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. It has a 2.5 inch high resolution LCD monitor that makes image shooting easier. Another feature of the S5 IS is Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that makes sure the camera shakes won’t affect the image. By pressing the movie button, the user can easily shoot a movie without even switching to shooting mode. It supports the USB 2.0 hi-speed making image transfers much faster. Users can also choose between 22 shooting modes which also include 9 special scene modes. With the print/share button, images can be printed directly to photo printers, compact photo printers and pictbridge.

Review Summary

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS, an ultra-zoom digital camera is the upgraded version of its previous well-known model the Canon PowerShot S3. The Canon PowerShot S3 was such a success that Canon had to release a follow-up to keep the spirit of Canon fans alive. So far the Canon PowerShot S5 has not been disappointing, as a matter of fact; it is already known to be an excellent camera by having and accommodating tons of manual and automatic features, well-laid-out controls, a solid body, nice LCD display. The basic main attracting features included are Canon's veteran optical image-stabilization technology, excellent metering and focusing systems, the signature flip-and-twist LCD display, and the set of manual and semimanual controls. Also upgraded in the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is the newly 8 megapixels sensor which increases the size of the LCD to 2.5 inches. The features are known to be very well implemented into the Canon PowerShot S5 IS. More examples of the features are a record button for movie capture, stereo microphones, a wind filter, and audio volume adjustment. The more you find out discover its features the more you will like it. Give yourself time and you will be familiarized with all its features. It does have some dislikes among its users like for example; some think that the Canon PowerShot S5 IS has low lighting abilities while some think that Canon has not broken any new ground or created anything new with the Canon PowerShot S5 IS. On a much brighter side, Canon still has many loyal fans amongst its users. The most important thing is that so far the camera has given good results for its users. CNET quoted that the PowerShot S5 IS is still a pretty good mega zoom but one that's slowly losing ground due to the competition.

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