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.
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...
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...
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
Summary: The Powershot S50 is the "big brother" of the 4.0 megapixel and is aimed at the advanced user who wants full photographic control in a compact digital camera. The S50 is the first 5.0 megapixel PowerShot camera and features a high-resolution 3X f/2.8 optical zoom lens and a compact, silver or black...
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
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. 05-02-2006
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