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Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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Overall 7
7.0

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

CNET
11 May 2008
  • Summary: Though it remains a good megazoom, thanks to continued image and lens artifacts, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is slowly losing ground to competitors.
  • Pros: Tons of manual and automatic features; well-laid-out controls; solid body; nice LCD display.
  • Cons: Lens aberrations and vignetting; some processing artifacts; lacks raw file support; redesigned lens cap still pops off too easily.
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Overall 8
8.1
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 8
7.5
Ergonomics 9
8.5
Build quality 8
8.0

Expert Review

DP Review
9 May 2008
  • 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...
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Overall 8
7.8
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 8
7.5
Picture quality 7
7.0

Canon PowerShot S5 IS review

What Digital Camera
20 March 2008
  • Excerpt: The 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot S5 IS bridge camera boasts a 12x zoom lens and full manual control.
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Overall 8
8.1

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Camera Labs
1 February 2008
  • 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.
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Overall 8
7.7
Design 9
8.5
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Performance 9
8.5
Photo quality 7
7.0

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Digital Photography Interface
3 July 2007
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S5 IS improves upon last year's successful S3 and S2 the year before. This time, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS features 8 megapixels, the same 12X stabilized zoom and a larger, higher resolution rotating 2.5 inch LCD display. The S5 IS is solidly built and now has a metal tripod mount (it was plastic on the S3). Ergonomics are still quite good; though there is no latch to prevent the batteries from falling out when swapping memory cards.
  • Pros: 8 megapixels with an optically stabilized 12X zoom, Face detection AF and AE that works, Above average battery life; just (though see below), Large rotating LCD with good visibility, Very good performance; Unlimited continuous shooting at full resolution, Full manual controls; now with a hotshoe, Many accessories available, 0 cm super-macro mode for ultimate close-ups, Shortcut button and custom mode dial spot, Useful playback features: My Colors, My Category, redeye ...
  • Cons: Small memory card and non-rechargeable batteries included, No RAW option, No rotary wheel or quick control dial; no zoom or focus rings, Batteries have no dedicated cover/latch so watch out when swapping memory cards, Drop in battery life from S3, Large movie file size, Redeye and chromatic aberration (removed through software), Some flare at wide-angle in extreme conditions
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Overall 8
7.7
Design 9
8.5
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Performance 9
8.5
Photo quality 7
7.0

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Digital Photography Interface
3 July 2007
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S5 IS improves upon last year's successful S3 and S2 the year before. This time, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS features 8 megapixels, the same 12X stabilized zoom and a larger, higher resolution rotating 2.5 inch LCD display. The S5 IS is solidly built and now has a metal tripod mount (it was plastic on the S3). Ergonomics are still quite good; though there is no latch to prevent the batteries from falling out when swapping memory cards.
  • Pros: 8 megapixels with an optically stabilized 12X zoom, Face detection AF and AE that works, Above average battery life; just (though see below), Large rotating LCD with good visibility, Very good performance; Unlimited continuous shooting at full resolution, Full manual controls; now with a hotshoe, Many accessories available, 0 cm super-macro mode for ultimate close-ups, Shortcut button and custom mode dial spot, Useful playback features: My Colors, My Category, redeye ...
  • Cons: Small memory card and non-rechargeable batteries included, No RAW option, No rotary wheel or quick control dial; no zoom or focus rings, Batteries have no dedicated cover/latch so watch out when swapping memory cards, Drop in battery life from S3, Large movie file size, Redeye and chromatic aberration (removed through software), Some flare at wide-angle in extreme conditions
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Build quality 9
9.0
Color and saturation 9
9.0

Canon Powershot S5 IS

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: The Canon Powershot S5 IS has more features than any similar, super zoom digital camera. It is also one of the more expensive models. On the whole picture quality is very good, but it is a concern that my full zoom test showed a noticeable fall off in sharpness away from the centre of the photo.
  • Pros: Pull out and twist LCD screen - Fast reacting lens - Focusable viewfinder - Range of features
  • Cons: Loss of sharpness towards edge of photo when full zoom used
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
6 May 2008
  • Summary: Another strong ultra-zoom digital camera from Canon, the PowerShot S5 IS is no longer the dominating choice in this market as its predecessor was, but it still offers a good overall package if you can look past some minor flaws.
  • Pros: 12x zoom, Sharp pictures, Great colour response, Lots of features
  • Cons: Chromatic aberration issues, Slow burst mode
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8Mp digital camera

PC Advisor
12 November 2007
  • Summary: The sturdily built Canon PowerShot S5 IS is what is commonly known as a 'bridge' camera – so called because it forms a bridge between a point-and-shoot compact and a digital SLR.
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Ease of use 7
7.0
Picture quality 8
8.0

Canon Powershot S5 IS

PhotographyBLOG
19 September 2007
  • Summary: In terms of features and handling the more you play with the Canon PowerShot S5 IS, the more you find to like about it, which means that it requires a period of familiarization. Although certain aspects of the control layout might appear slightly compromised or clunky at first you soon learn to live with its foibles.
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