Summary: About a year ago I labored over which digital camera to buy in the under $500 range. There were so many with excellent ratings. A friend pointed me towards Canon, having 2 hisself. Canon had several entries in this catagory but I decided on the S-50 due to its 5MP resolution and the wide variety of manual settings available. I have not been disappointed. This is a great little camera. Its body is made of metal and is solid feeling.
Pros: Easy to use auto settings that work very well.
Summary: Tried (and by that i mean bought, used, and returned) quite a few cameras before finally deciding on this one. Has the best mix of features and performance of all the ones i tried (Canon G3, Nikon 4300, Nikon 4500, Canon S45). Would definitely recommend this camera, it has great AF (especially with the AF light) and takes amazing photos. Colors a brilliant, and everything is sharp and beautiful. Buy this camera, and also a second battery!
Summary: I think I've found the perfect digital camera. Check out the positives and negatives with the PowerShot S50. Positives: (where do I begin?) * Made of solid, sturdy metal. Feels like a real camera not a cheap plastic toy like other digital cameras. * Has features galore!!! Has standard features plus some pretty nice extras such as: -customizable flash-can change the strength of the flash, helping to prevent washed out pictures which is common with most digital cameras...
Summary: This is my fourth digital camera. After owning two intro models (Olympus D490 and D460) I went in the pursuit of speed. Speed being defined on four dimensions: (1) bootup/startup time, (2) delay between depressing shutter button and digital capture, (3) lag between consecutive shots, (4) lens apeture (for low light conditions). Before the Powershot S50 I was (and still am) using an Olympus C3040, which is the main comparitor for this review.
Summary: INTRO: I've had this camera now for 2 weeks and absolutely love it. I already have a Sony F707, and was looking for a camera to take around that still had the 5 mp output, but a smaller form factor. When it came down to it, it was either this camera or the Olympus C50Z and I'm glad I decided on the S50. You just can't beat the Canon for features and design. Plus, the C50Z supposidly doesn't have a mic for video.
Summary: Pros: Compact size, 5 megapixel resolution, ease of use, lots of creative photography options, Solid all metal compact body, Quality Canon lens, quality, enlargeable images, sturdy, macro capability. Cons: No provision for add-on lenses or filters, Expensive, 5MP is probably overkill for most users, Underwater housing does not allow full control, not as sharp as most 4 MP cameras, 4-way Navigation Button & Proprietary Battery, Some photos had red eye, doesn't come with...
Summary: Here is the skinny; I would classify myself as an intermediate/pro photographer as an owner of 3 digital cameras and 5 SLRs. I have come to the conclusion after about 9 months with the S50 that it will give you the greatest bang for your buck. Whether you need it for its manual (semi-pro) functions or as just a point and shoot, this is just the camera. It is small and portable, yet very powerful and filled with functions that the average user will never need.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot S50 is a terrific small digital camera. It packs in an amazing array of features, starting with the generous maximum 5 megapixel image size (you can make them smaller to conserve space on the CompactFlash card). Several modes are available to you such as Sports (high shutter-speed and high resolution shots), Portrait, Night, etc.
Summary: This is my third digital camera, my previous was a 3.2MP Casio QV3000EX. While Casio is not a well known name in the US for cameras, it's still hard to find a digital camera today that matches the QV3000EX feature/price point. The S50 does this and more! The Good: 1. Made in Japan (not China as some other Japanese cameras ie Minolta). 2. Metal case, and it feels like it is well made (heavy). Buttons give a solid feel. 3. Turns on quick - 4 seconds. 4. Small size.
Summary: I'm new to digital photography. This camera was fairly intuitive to master. The accompanying software is excellent and makes downloads to the computer painless. It takes stunningly good photos, and that's the important thing. The video quality, however, is yucko. Don't buy the camera thinking that you'll take great short clips as part of the package. You won't. Why didn't I give it 5 stars? 1) It is slow on the draw when you snap a pic.