Excerpt: It seems like every other week here at PopPhoto.com, we're hearing of a new digicam that boasts some superlative: the slimmest ultra-compact, the longest zoom, the most megapixels, fastest burst rate and so on.
Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8-MP Digital Camera: A Whole Lot of Camera Going On
Personal Electronics buzz
24 July 2008
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8-MP digital camera makes taking a really good picture second-nature. The Canon PowerShot S5 IS has several features that tipped the scales in my decision to purchase the camera. The main reason is the 2.5-inch LCD swivel display and the separate electronic view finder.
Summary: Canon’s PowerShot S5 IS remains one of the best super-zoom digital cameras on the market. It sports a decent 12x range with optical stabilisation, a useful flip-out and twist screen, a decent degree of manual control and impressively, a flash hotshoe.
Pros: 12x optical zoom with IS., Fully articulated 2.5in screen., Manual control and flash hotshoe., Optical zoom and stereo sound in movies.
Cons: Noise visible throughout ISO range., Fringing on high contrast subjects., Widest-angle ‘only’ 36mm., No RAW recording facility.
Summary: The term ‘Jack of all trades’ was invented for this camera, and the rest of the cliché also rings true. Bridge cameras should be all-rounders, but the Canon PowerShot S5 IS performs inconsistently in different situations.
Pros: Nicely balanced, plenty of features.
Cons: Image noise, fringing, poor low-light performance, inconsistent image quality, we could go on…
Excellent camera that bridges the DSLR/Point and Shoot divide
Consumer Electronics Net
17 September 2007
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot S5 IS can be described as an in between camera that has the look and feel of a small form factor DSLR at the price point of a high end point and shoot. It retains most all of the features that you'd find in a DSLR camera in a compact SLR-like form factor.
Conclusion: Although it represents a more significant upgrade than the S3 IS was over the S2 IS, the S5 IS doesn't really see Canon breaking much new ground. Of course that isn't such a terrible thing; this has been a hugely successful series of cameras - for most part deservedly so.
Pros: Excellent resolution, good detail at lower ISOs (though output a little soft), Good color, good exposure, generally accurate focus gives a high 'hit rate' even in auto mode, Huge photographic versatility with 36-432mm lens and super macro mode, Image stabilization works well (and can be used in m...
Cons: Noise and noise reduction effects visible at anything over ISO 100, ISO 800 and 1600 very noisy and of limited use, Wider wideangle would be nice, SD card slot now in battery compartment - battery cover awkward to open and close, Barely any image quality improvement over predecessor, Movie button...
Summary: The PowerShot S5 IS is the successor to last year's 6-megapixel digital camera. This new compact inherits many of the features of its predecessors, like optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, professional-grade optics and extensive movie functions while introducing a host of new features designed...