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Canon PowerShot S5 IS
5.3 out of 10

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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Overall 8
8.0

S5is has its shortcomings, but it serves well with CHDK firmware added.

kiranishikawa, Ebay
29 September 2012
  • Summary: Bought a used S5is on ebay back in January 2012 for $120+USD. I'm still using the S5is having developed a love/hate relationship with it. What I love about the S5is: One major improvement is the addition of a hotshoe mount. when shooting in dark areas with bulgy adapters a hotshoe flash is a must have. without the hotshoe there would be darkness in the mid-bottom of my photos just using the onboard flash. SDHC compatibility up to 32gb.
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Overall 8
8.0

pretty awesome!

dreamoshiach, Ebay
1 March 2012
  • Summary: its pretty awesome havin such a high zoom.. close to proffesional qualtiy in just a point n shoot... but one drawback is when the flash is up it seems to delay taking a pic from you click the shutter
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Overall 8
8.0

Good starter camera

colberc, Ebay
15 December 2009
  • Summary: Got this for my son for a photography class he's taking. Takes very good shots but on the close zoom you really need a tripod to keep the focus. Has a lot of decent features for the beginner photographer and is fairly easy to use. I was worried about it eating batteries when I read the reviews but just taking photos we haven't had an issue with heavy battery that may be an issue when recording videos. It was definately worth purchasing and is a nice step up.
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon PowerShot Pro Series S5 IS Digital Camera

V.Cata, Rate it all!
8 November 2008
  • Summary: This camera is wonderfull,the pictures are great,flash or options. The cap is the problem,each time it fells,on evey sudden move or even if you touch it easily it fells. All in all I am really satisfied with the camera,but it could be better.The worst thing that happened to me,was from the shop that I bought it,Circuit city,they are not serious,they send me the camera really late,and when I call to see what happened they just hung up on me.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice camera - But don't trust the AUTO mode!

NLee the Engineer, Amazon
10 May 2008
  • Summary: The Canon S5 is a very capable camera, but there is one major caveat: You should NOT use the AUTO mode when shooting under dim light. This is beacuse the camera may automatically selects the highest 'film speed' of ISO=800. This will produce extremely noisy, grainy, or pixelated images. The same problem occurs in Sports mode as well. To avoid this problem, you should manually set ISO=200 or lower, then shoot in 'P' (Programmed mode) instead.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great camera for this family of 5 (4.5 stars)

gregg, Amazon
10 May 2008
  • Summary: In short, we really love this camera. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. I will point out the pros and cons, but in sum, this is an excellent camera. We have three toddlers and we take lots of pictures and video. I am probably more than an average consumer with my picture and video editing, but I do not really think of myself as a hobbyist. I just use Photoshop Elements (the consumer version of Photoshop) and Studio by Pinnacle for video.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Camera but Misleading Description

Overstock
12 March 2008
  • Summary: I bought this camera for my wife's birthday and it is great, so far. Note, the MP 8.3 description is misleading, however, and for that, I give the value here only four stars. I actually had the same camera (Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8.0MP Advanced Digital Camera) purchased and delivered and then returned it when I saw the MP 8.3 description here. It was the exact camera - Overstock's description above just didn't match.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Camera but Misleading Description

Overstock
12 March 2008
  • Summary: I bought this camera for my wife's birthday and it is great, so far. Note, the MP 8.3 description is misleading, however, and for that, I give the value here only four stars. I actually had the same camera (Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8.0MP Advanced Digital Camera) purchased and delivered and then returned it when I saw the MP 8.3 description here. It was the exact camera - Overstock's description above just didn't match.
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Overall 8
8.0

GOOD CAMERA OVERALL

D. W. LANG, Amazon
10 February 2008
  • Summary: I purchased the Canon S5 IS to replace my Minolta Z series cameras. The picture image is great, the controls make sense and are easy to use, and the ivot lcd screen is fantastic! My only complaint would be the extremly flimsy lens cap that pops off at the slightest little touch...I'm still searching for a solution to this. In addition, DO NOT purchase the 58mm haze filter that is oft linked on Amazon as an accessory.
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Overall 8
8.0

No grain, no pain.

Jason Mc, Amazon
8 February 2008
  • Summary: The many other reviews cover ths S5 quite well. Read them. I can generally agree that the S5 is a top notch P&S. Feels great to hold. Love the swivel screen for gettin' down and dirty with the Macro shots. It's solid. I bought and use an 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card and it works like a charm. At the best quality movie setting I get 61 minutes of video or about 2222 best quality photos. Nice. I still have not learned how to do everything with this S5.
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