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. That said, whilst much of this round of tinkering brings welcome improvements (the flash shoe and screen/viewfinder upgrades most significantly), the new sensor adds little to the image quality at...
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 movie mode), Some welcome improvements over the S3 IS; better viewfinder, better screen, flash hot shoe, Packed with features, Very quiet, Solid construction and good handling,...
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 in awkward position, Some features removed (such as intervalometer) or downgraded (continuous shooting speed), Electronic viewfinder may be improved, but it's still not fanta...
Conclusion: Ignore the battleship styling of this well-built SLR-alike and concentrate on its karmic inner beauty to snap up an impressive high-zoom bargain.
Pros: Images from the S5’s leggy 12x lens need to be seen to be believed: they’re packed with exceptional levels of detail and contrast. The large electronic viewfinder is sharp and colourful, and even the handy folding LCD delivers some mean pixels. Using the Ultrasonic lens is like wrestling a greased ferret but in a good way: zipping about and focusing in fractions of a second. Its stabilisation can cope with the shakiest of hands and movies are great, thanks to stereo s...
Cons: Someone at Canon doesn’t like the S5 – it’s been hit with an ugly stick more times than a Welsh prop forward, the wideangle setting is a disappointing 36mm and low light shooting has been sabotaged to deliver grungy mush when the sun goes down.
Excerpt: The S3 IS superzoom may have long been discontinued by Canon, but it's still a pretty hot seller in the local market here. Now with Canon skipping the sequence and releasing the S5 IS, the question arises – is it good enough to take over the market captured by its predecessor? Out of the box, the camera looked like it means business.
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. Then there's the recently released Canon PowerShot S5 IS ($470, street), a compact, optically image stabilized Electronic Viewfinder model that sports a respectable 12x zoom with reach from 36-432mm and an 8.3-megapixel Canon 1/2.5 inch CCD sensor, which replaces...
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. Some will also prefer its use of AA batteries over proprietary and expensive Lithium Ion battery packs.
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: With a little care and attention, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS delivers the goods. It has a 12x zoom, a flip and twist screen, and is fast, intuitive, light and compact. Unfortunately, you get image noise on shots taken above ISO400, plus occasional pixel fringing.
Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8-MP Digital Camera: A Whole Lot of Camera Going On
Personal Electronics buzz
4 November 2007
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. I wanted a point and shoot with the ability to view video and stills while I am shooting and a view finder for checking my potential shots. Both are very accurate.
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. With that said, it is an ideal solution for those who want only one device to shoot still images and capture video, or just want one digital camera.