Excerpt: Canon U.S.A. Inc., www.powershot.com $500 street 5.0 megapixels; 3.6X optical zoom; 3.8 second boot time; 2.4 second recycle time; 1,300 line average resolution; 2.5% transition pixels Sharp images and lots of features. Lamp-assisted autofocus. True wide-angle lens (28 mm). RAW capture support. Complicated menu structure. Merely okay flash performance. LCD could be brighter.
Conclusion: What we have here ladies and gentlemen is a compact G5, it may be missing the flip-out and twist LCD monitor but it does have a 3.6x wide angle zoom lens (albiet slower than the G5's impressive F2.0 - F3.0). I'm also glad to see that Canon realized the ergonomic mistake of the combined zoom / multi-controller implementation and have now separated the two on the S60.
Pros: Good resolution (one of the best five megapixel), Good metering, nice tonal balance (more shadow detail), vivid color, Mature image processing, few artifacts, low moire, good detail, Wide angle zoom (28 - 100 mm equiv.), Control over camera's internal processing algorithms (saturation, tone, sharpness), Clean images at ISO 50, higher noise from there upwards, Solid build quality, nice metallic finish, Improved ergonimics, separate zoom and 4-way controller, Shooting p...
Cons: Some purple fringing visible at wide angle or maximum apertures, Lens slow at telephoto (F5.3), Auto focus speed and shutter release lag no better than S50, Some under-exposure with flash, although can be compensated, No anti-reflective coating on LCD monitor, Poor automatic white balance in incandescent light, Slow image browsing in play mode, Average macro performance (improved over S50 but still average), Nine-point AiAF not available in P, Tv, Av or M exposure modes
Summary: The S60 is basically a prosumer camera in a compact body. It supports all the latest digital camera features (shooting video, etc) in addition to having a very nice wide lens. The wide angle lens will probably make more impact to your photography than all the other features combined. The Powershot S60 is a very nice camera, but not the cheapest.
Excerpt: The Canon
PowerShot S60 ($499) is the replacement to
last year's popular PowerShot S50 model. Just by
looking at the model number, you'd think that Canon
just stuffed a 6 Megapixel sensor into the same
old camera, as some other manufacturers have done.
That's not the case here -- the S60 is a 5 Megapixel
camera, just like its predecessor.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Lens starts at 28 mm, Full manual controls, Robust performance, AF-assist lamp, Supports telephoto conversion lens and underwater case, Good battery life for a camera of this size, Can save favorite settings to spot on mode dial, RAW image format supported (unlike most of the competition)
Cons: Some softness in corners of photos, Redeye, Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment, Not much telephoto power (but a conversion lens is available), No live histogram in record mode, Movie mode limited to 30 secs, 10 frames/sec at highest resolution
Summary: The PowerShot S60 is undoubtedly a powerful camera at a good price, with a particularly good lens. However, it suffers from modest but annoying colour fringing and a nasty plastic construction. With simultaneous RAW and JPEG saving, it’s aiming high, but overall this is a camera that’s hard to love.
Summary: On test, the S60 delivered sharp images with natural-looking colours and moderate contrast and saturation levels. Exposures were positioned to provide an excellent balance between highlights and shadows. Long exposures taken after dark were noise-free at ISO 50 and 100 but noise affected at ISO 400. . .
Pros: Wide angle of view (28mm), Accurate metering, RAW capture supported, Above-average image quality
Cons: Weak flash, Poor auto white balance in incandescent light, 9-point AiAF not supported in P, Tv, Av or M modes. [BG05]
Excerpt: Handige, compacte camera met tal van opties.
We hebben de camera nu ongeveer 5 maanden in gebruik en zijn erg tevreden over de foto\'s en het gebruik.
Het enige echte nadeel was dat het toestel in Duitsland 100 euro goedkoper was en daar ook gekocht is maar dat er dus geen Nederlandse handleiding bij zat. De menu\'s op het toestel waren wel in te stellen in Nederlands.
Summary: Canon PowerShot S60 je klasickým představitelem kategorie kompaktních digitálních fotoaparátů. Disponuje objektivem s velmi příjemným rozsahem ekvivalentním ke kinofilmovému rozsahu 28-100 mm a stejně jako jeho předchůdce S50 rozlišením 5 megapixelů. Další podrobnosti o tomto novém fotoaparátu najdete v našem redakčním testu.