Conclusion: After the rather uninspiring noise performance of the Panasonic LX1 and overblown image processing of the Olympus Stylus 800 I approached the update to the excellent PowerShot S70 with some trepidation. So it was a great relief to discover that the S80 (which we presume to use the new Sony 8MP chip) not only offers noticeable improvements in performance and control, but also manages to increase resolution without a significant increase in noise.
Pros: Excellent resolution, good per-pixel sharpness for this class of camera, Low noise at ISO 50 and 100, not bad at 200 and 400, Fast, responsive operation, Excellent metering and color, Very clean, artefact-free images, High quality wide-angle zoom (28 - 100 mm equiv.), Comprehensive range of controls, Solid build quality, nice finish, Dedicated controls for most shooting functions, Advanced features such as intervalometer, sync curtain, spot AE point, Custom shooting m...
Cons: Mild corner softness at wide-angle and maximum aperture, Occasional lens flare and some highlight clipping, New multi-control dial useful, but can be fiddly, Lens slow at telephoto (F5.3), Would prefer a higher resolution LCD screen, Mediocre macro mode, Images slightly soft (sharpen well in post-processing however), No raw mode, Quite pricey
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S80 has 8 megapixels, a 2.5 inch LCD, a wide 28 mm lens and full manual controls in a compact shell. It is compatible with a ton of accessories; including conversion lenses and filters. The few pros of the S80 include unlimited continuous shooting mode and good movie mode plus image quality. Though the movies are large in size and are limited to 1 GB per clip.
Pros: Compact with manual controls, Lots of accessories, Unlimited continuous shooting, Good movie mode, Good photo quality
Cons: Battery life is below average, Shutter speed and aperture range could be wider; no RAW, No image stabilization, Not much zoom, slow lens, LCD has low resolution and is not sharp, Red-eye, XGA movie mode limited to 15 FPS; Large movie file sizes and cannot optical zoom or focus when recording, Startup and autofocus needs to be faster
Conclusion: Canon Powershot S80 digital camera The Canon PowerShot S80 is a remarkable digital camera. It's quite a large compact camera and extremely solid. The Canon S80 has a beautiful striking appearance. The camera is well-organized and because of the amount of buttons the Canon PowerShot S80 offers easy operation. The new wheel needs some time to get used to, while it is a button at the same time.
Conclusion: I liked this camera. Although a bit bulkier than many point-and-shoot digicams on the market, it’s small enough to fit into a jacket pocket. And at 9.6 ounces, it won’t weigh you down. Photo quality was quite good with very accurate colors, something you expect from Canon cameras. Focusing and response time were excellent.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot S80 ($549) is a fairly compact 8 Megapixel camera whose biggest features include a wide 28 - 100 mm lens and large 2.5" LCD. The S80 is the descendent of the PowerShot S60 and S70, which had a similar design. The S80 shares many of the same features as those cameras, including full manual controls, an AF-assist lamp, support for conversion lenses, and a VGA movie mode (though it's much improved on the S80).
Pros: Very good photo quality, Wide-angle lens, Full manual controls and plenty of scene modes, Large 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below), Impressive performance (save for focus speeds), Live histogram in record mode (and it's about time), Custom spot on mode dial; shortcut button can be user-defined, AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Very good movie and continuous shooting features (with appropriate memory card), Unique My Colors feature; cool geeky features lik...
Cons: On the expensive side, Some vignetting at wide-angle, especially with the flash; corners can be blurry as well, Redeye, No more RAW support, Noisy at high ISO sensitivities, Movie file size limit approaches quickly at higher resolution settings, LCD resolution could be better, I'm not a fan of the new four-way controller and still don't like the sliding lens cover, Battery / memory card slot needs a lock
Excerpt: Physical Views The Powershot S80 compared in size to a CD. Continue on to Page Two Canon Powershot S80 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 8.0 million Image Sensor 1/1.8-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 8.3 million) Lens 5.8 (W) - 20.7 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 100 mm) f/2.8 (W) - f/5.3 (T) Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 14x in combination with the optical zoom) Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder, picture coverage approx.
Conclusion: I am a big fan of the Canon Powershot S80. The picture quality is always the most important feature of a digital camera. This camera excels in this area. When you add in the wide angle lens and all the features this camera has it should be a real winner. The downside is the shutter lag times and this means this camera will not be suited to all types of photography and therefore not to all people.