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Canon PowerShot S5 IS 8 to 10 Megapixel

3.67 star rating
                      3.67 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $349.00


  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom12x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    35mm Zoom Lens36 - 432 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.2 in. to Infinity (w) / 36 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range3.9 - 19.2 in. (w)
    Focal Length6 - 72 mm
    Camera Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA)
    Video Speed60 fps
    Video FormatAVI • Motion JPEG
    Aperture Rangef2.7/f3.5 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/3200 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Flash (Preset)
    Frames Per Second1.5 Frames
    Memory TypeMMC Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1
    File Size (High Res.)2.54 MB (50 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.08 MB (about 1,600 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution207,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWith LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeRechargeable NiMH Battery Pack
    Battery Life450 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Width4.6 in.
    Depth3.06 in.
    Height3.15 in.
    Weight0.99 lb.
    Exterior ColorBlack
    Included Accessories4 x AA Batteries • USB Cable • Video Cable • Neck Strap • Lens Cap
    MPN2077B001
    Product ID41899873

Product Description

The ultra-powerful 12x optical zoom on the PowerShot S5 IS means you'll get the shot you want with no compromise, yet that's only the beginning of what makes this camera so exciting. The S5 IS is loaded with many of Canon's latest advanced technologies including the DIGIC III Image Processor, so both still images and movies are rendered with fine detail and luminous clarity. And now ambitious photographers have even greater creative latitude thanks to an included hot shoe adapter that allows you to attach Canon Speedlite EX Series external flashes.


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Massey F. Jones a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2011

Strengths:    Great zoom, fairly rugged instrument, lots of features, for the beginner (Program) to the advanced amateur (or professional I used to be) with a wide selection of flash settings and special effects. I haven't gone into the EOS system because this little gem will produce photos which are just as good.

The screen can be rotated several degrees, either to take a self portait or completely against the body, if it is to be used, instead of the eyepiece.
When clamped high above (using a Manfrotto clamp), the camera will show a true coverage of the area, when the screen is tilted downward.

There an extensive menu for the advanced amateur, on which everything can be selected, from muting the camera during shooting to a "real shutter click", screeen brightness etc.


Weaknesses:    No case, inability to attach regular filters, except by having a lens hood installed (it vignettes the corners at the wide angle setting)

The fact that there was no case and that I had the camera loose in the bag produced impact damage to the eyepiece (but not to a pont where it becam unusable).

No protective coating on the TFT screen, which, if it is wiped too often to repel rain or plain take out fingerprints,etc, will eventually become spotty but still usable.


Bottom Line:   
Fine little camera, lots of features.
I use it regularly to photograph items in a studio-like setting for a museum catalogue and it performs marvellously well.

As well, I use it all over the place outside in the rain, snow and cold taking stills and movies, mostly trackside of railroads.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $349.00

Purchased At:   Staples

Similar Products Used:   Other more basic Canon digitals from 3-8mp.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erik a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2008

Strengths:    Takes great pictures. Not very bulky. Tons of options but still easy to operate.

Weaknesses:    doesn't offer RAW format.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this camera instead of an SLR because I wanted to be able to set up shots manually and be able to take casual pictures without any effort. I am really impressed with the quality of the pictures. I also bought the wide and telephoto lens attachments for it and they work great! This camera gives me tons of options with little hassle.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $332.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by eggsngrits a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2008

Strengths:    Great photos, easy to use in full auto, fast.

Weaknesses:    Lasted only four months and Canon refused to fix it. Thousands of people have experienced the same issue -- Google "Canon Lens Error" or "e18 error" and see for yourself.

Bottom Line:   
Great camera for an intermediate user like me. Lots of features for specific types of shots, but fast and easy enough for my technophobe wife when on full automatic.

Shots were pretty good -- a little grainy in low light conditions. Additionally, I think that the JPEG compression seems to be a little flawed since the raw pictures look much, much better in some cases.

Alas, the camera is, however, prone to failure it seems. I got the dreaded "Lens Error, Restart Camera" (also known as the e18 error on previous models). Google either to see the sheer mass of users plagued by this issue.

Canon refused to fix my five-month-old camera when I sent it to them. Absolutely the worst customer service experience I've ever had with an electronics company.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City

Similar Products Used:   Konica Minolta G400.

Type of photography:   People



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