The Canon - Powershot S5 Digital Camera is easy to use.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I bought the Canon - Powershot S5 IS camera because I knew that over the years Canon was a trusted name when it came to photography. I searched many brands only to find this one was just what I needed for a special family vacation. It's easy to use and to figure out. Plus, it gives great photos. Also, there are many features on this camera that a regular camera doesn't always have. I especially like all the options it gives for taking photos (ex: Sport, Landscape, etc).
Pros: Video quality is excellent (320x240 @ 30/60fps or 640x480 @ 30fps Motion JPEG AVI). Takes great photos at low ISO. Accepts HDSD cards and is compatible with CHDK firmware (http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK), enabling RAW mode and other great tweeks.
Cons: Received "Lens error, restart camera" error after 6months of use. A very common problem with a lot of Canons. Check this site for more info: http://www.bitnet.cx/canon.html Repairs done under warranty (barely). Will it last? Poor battery life.
Summary: This camera is very easy to use with some cool features.That's all unfortunately! Expertise: Advanced Problems Encountered: I have two Canon digital SLRs and thought I would take theplunge with a Canon point and shoot. Unfortunately, it fellshort of my expectations when it came to image quality. Tobe honest, it was completely horrible! I'm not sure what thedifference is between the image sensor in my Rebel XT andthis one since they are both at 8 megapixels.
Summary: After buying the S5 to replace my S3 I was very disappointed with the image noise as noted on another review here. This is not a Canon only problem and it's becoming a troubling trend as megapixels are added at the expense of image quality. It's not a matter of the S5 being better than the Sony H7 or H9, it's a matter of any of these cameras being able to equal their own previous generation model with regard to noise.