Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Canon PowerShot S50: (5 megapixel compact) Lets be honest I think we all expect more from Canon than to simply bolt a larger sensor into an existing design, but that's exactly what they did with the G5 and the S50. And what's the reasoning behind this? Market pressure. Both the G3 and S45 are excellent cameras which get the absolute maximum out of their four megapixel sensors, produce very nice images without too many undesirable artifacts.
Pros: Good resolution (up there with the best of the five megapixel), Good metering, nice tonal balance (more shadow detail), Good color, slightly too strong in some situations (can be adjusted), Control over cameras internal processing algorithms (saturation, tone, sharpness), Low noise at ISO 50, not as clean at ISO 100, more sensitive than rated value, Excellent build quality, solid 'brick like' feel to the camera, nice metallic finish, More portable and more robust desi...
Cons: Chromatic aberrations visible at wide angle or maximum apertures, Vignetting at wide angle and maximum aperture, Moderate barrel distortion at wide angle, Rotated CCD (in the camera I had for review), Nine-point AiAF not available in P, TV, AV, M or C exposure modes, Flash can be under-powered if 'tricked' by a white background, Average macro performance, Poorly designed multi-controller (pressing SET can be hit and miss), Location of battery/CF compartment can be a p...
Canon PowerShot S50 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The
Canon PowerShot S50 has the superb image
quality, fast performance, professional features,
and high resolution to satisfy demanding serious
amateur photographers. It features the full
set of exposure control in a compact and stylish
Excerpt: Physical Views The Powershot S50 compared in size to a CD. The Powershot S50 and the compact Sony DSC-P72 . Continue on to Page Two Canon Powershot S50 Specifications Effective pixels: Approx. 5 million Image sensor: 1/1.8 inch CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 5.3 million) Lens: 7.1 (W)-21.3 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent 35-105 mm) F2.8(W) -4.9 (T) Digital tele-converter: Max. approx. 4.1x Optical viewfinder: Real-image zoom viewfinder, picture coverage = approx.
the S45, the S50 is a "light" version of Canon's flagship
PowerShot G3 (except for the higher resolution). It offers most
of the G3's features, including the DIGIC
processor, FlexiZone AF, improved movie mode, and the light guide
flash. What it lacks is a hot shoe, flip-out
LCD, and neutral
density filter. And of course, the body and lens are different.
For more info on some of these features, be sure to glance over
our G3 review.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, Robust performance, Has an AF illuminator lamp, Lots of manual controls (not as many as the G3, but plenty for most), FlexiZone focusing system lets you focus on any area of frame; 9 point AiAF for automatic modes too., Impressive movie, playback modes, Great software bundle
Cons: Redeye noticeable if not directly inline with flash, No diopter correction knob, No live histogram in record mode, Four-way switch poorly designed, Proprietary battery
Excerpt: Canon PowerShot S50 : fotocamera digitale compatta Canon da 5 megapixel. Garantisce foto di alta qualità, senza venir meno alla semplicità di utilizzo. Le batterie a lunga durata e la memoria espandibile completano la dotazione.
Excerpt: Le PowerShot S50 de Canon est un compact 5 mégapixels à conseiller à tous les amateurs qui veulent faire des progrès dans le domaine de la photo et laisser libre cours à leur imagination. L'utilisation de l'appareil est très simple mais vous obtiendrez toujours des photos de qualité !
Pros: Qualité d'image, Nombreuses fonctionnalités, Facilité d'utilisation