Summary: I've had accidents with my previous ones, not an issue with the manufacturing, but I prefer buying the same model over and over because it's so reliable and the price keeps dropping. I originally paid $500 for a new one in 2006, almost half as much two years ago and abut $100 in 2013. My favorite thing about this camera is how versatile the Manual Mode is.
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.
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.
Pros: For the RAW Hack, go the the link: http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=336.0;attach=3686 to download it.
Cons: Canon took RAW out, but I still got the camera. You can not focus while capturing in movie mode except when you stop the capture. Stick with the Canon batteries if you want them to last a long time, the clones seems to die within 4-6 months of use.
Summary: I bought this camera in part because it had the widest angle (28) in a still compact camera size. I only use the automatic functions, not being a true camera buff. That given, I love it! It takes great pictures, has lots of functions, and everyone who sees it says Nice camera and Nice pictures!