I have liked my S30 for years. The S80 is just like it but better.
4 June 2013
Summary: I've been using an S30 for years. The S80 is much the same with more pixels, more features, more more. Much nicer finish. One caveat for buyers of used cameras. BE SURE THE BATTERY IS CHARGED BEFORE YOU PLAY WITH IT! My first night with my new used camera the lens jammed when the battery died. I couldn't send it back--it was my fault. I bought another one. I also bought another one with a broken LCD but (I hope) a good lens.
Easy to use, high quality images, high quality camera!
9 September 2012
Excerpt: The S80 is simply a great, high-quality, easy to use camera. I am always stunned at the high quality of the images. The large LCD screen is a huge asset as you can take pictures by looking at that instead of through a small viewfinder. This is the first digital camera my parents can easily use because of that feature alone!
Great pictures, poor construction, dead within a year
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I was thrilled to buy this camera and quickly learned how to use it's features. The picture quality was fantastic, even in a darkened room I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. However, the features on this camera deserve better protection, the camera body is poorly constructed, the controls are sloppy and not placed well, so you're changing the setting while taking a picture without knowing it. The lens stuck, and Canon decided that it was mistreated (not so,...
Excerpt: I'm an amature photo shooter and I use the digit camera mostly to record daily life. The S80 from canon is relatively big in its body and heavier than the ELPH series (making it a little difficult to put it in the pocket) It has the manual option to shoot photo (which I have never tried) The photo quality (8M in size) is ok, I can't tell the difference by using this camera v.s. most other digital camera.
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot S80 is an excellent digital camera, despite the lack of the Raw format, which I do not understand and hope that could be available on a future firmware if possible. Good lens, good tonal balance - very natural - excellent resolution, good array of features, manual control, optical viewfinder, good ergonomics in a small compact - not as pocketable as I would like - great camera.
Summary: lot of flexability and options for a sub compact, pretty durable and i like the screen review and options. Have had two others of the same camera and all have performed well. Your just can't take them into the surf like i did with the first two.