|Canon PowerShot Pro Series S5 IS 8.0MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
|List Price: $449.99
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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. Focusing Range - Normal - 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (WIDE), 3.0 ft./90cm-infinity (TELE) /Macro - 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (W) / Super Macro - 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (W) Autofocus System - TTL Autofocus / Viewfinders - Optical Viewfinder Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color viewfinder LCD Monitor - 2.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle Aperture and Shutter - Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W) - f/3.5 (T) / Shutter Speed / 15-1/3200 sec. Exposure Control - ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock Built-in Flash - Auto, Auto w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE available Image Storage - SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard Dimensions (W x H x D) - 4.60 x 3.15 x 3.06 inches (117.0 x 80.0 x 77.7mm) / Weight - 15.9 oz
- 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
- Ultra-powerful 12x optical zoom; up to ISO 1600 for steady shooting in any lighting conditions
- High-resolution 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD for easy shooting at any angle
- DIGIC III Image Processor with improved Face Detection Technology and red-eye correction for sharper images
- Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading
- If you are not ready for a DSLR but want the best, get this!
I bought this camera to replace my expensive ($[...] new) but out-of-date Olympus Camedia C-5050. The "typical" current price of the S5 IS camera is $[...] but many places are now selling it for $[...]. I got mine at Circuit City (local) for that price.
This camera does extremely well right out of the box, but with just a little tweaking (as in, "read the manual" or purchase a digital photography book) it produces outstanding photographs! I bought this book Canon PowerShot Digital Field Guide, which is a good general reference with specific information about this camera as well.
I also purchased the lens adapter set, which amazon has for a great price Canon LAH-DC20 Conversion Lens Adapter (LA-DC58E) and Hood (LH-DC40) Set for the S5 IS, S3 IS & S2 IS Digital Camera and Hoya HMC UV and circular polarizer filters Hoya HMC - Filter - circular polarizer - 58 mm. These work great and do not add much bulk to the camera. Your zoom mechanism is well-protected as is your lens if you add the lens adapter and a filter and keep it on at all times (I keep the UV filter on at all times).
Furthermore, you can get additional "converter lenses" that attach to the adapter (personally I do not think you need them, but they are available for this camera)--these include the telephoto converter (as if 12x optical were not enough!), the wide-angle converter, and the macro lenses (again, as if the camera's macro and super macro weren't enough!). Amazon just happens to have very good prices on these accessories Canon TC-DC58B Tele Converter Lens for S5 IS, S3 IS & S2 IS Digital Camera. Canon Powershots have, as a rule, won many awards for image quality and the Canon brand typically comes out on top when this is the major criterion. As far as I am concerned, these additional lenses are just icing on the cake.
(1) Being a Canon, it connects directly to my Canon PIXMA printer for incredible prints.
(2) Some reviewers' star ratings are lowered because the "lens cap comes off easily." I do not think this is a major flaw--I think this is to protect the camera's automatic lens extension mechanism when you turn on the camera. If you turn on the camera and the lens cap is still on, it will pop off when the lens extends. This is a safety feature. If you really can't stand it, just get the adapter and UV filter and put a new 58mm lens cap on the filter (it will not pop off nor does it need to, because the lens extends within the adapter tube) and you are all set. Alternatively, just get a new lens cap if you will never forget to take it off prior to turning on the camera.
(3) This camera is out of stock from many vendors. I think the S6 is going to come out soon. However, it will probably be several hundred dollars more. I would get the S5 while it is still available, especially at this price (price has dropped about $150-$170 dollars since it came out in 2007).
What about the G9? Well, I chose this over the G9 because I prefer the 12x zoom and 8 megapixel combination for my personal picture-taking needs. 8 megapixels is plenty for me and in my opinion additional megapixels add more time for saving the picture and also add a bit of noise on the point-and-shoots. The G9 shoots in RAW but I don't need that when the images I get are so uniformly excellent (they do not need a lot of editing). The G9 does have an optical viewfinder (the S5 has a digital viewfinder that is 100% accurate, unlike some cameras, but it low resolution, which is annoying at first but does not affect the quality of the pictures). The G9 does not have the swing-out LCD screen. This feature is very useful as it can be turned/rotated toward the camera and the screen is protected when not in use, and the screen can also can be turned a tilted for hard-to-get shots at graduations, with pets, etc. where you can't aim the camera directly.
I think the best way to decide about this camera is to go to the flickr users' group (one of them, there are several) and look at the pictures that people have taken with this camera. The url is http://www.flickr.com/groups/canonpowershots5is/ and you can see not only photos people (even newbies) have uploaded, but also read discussions about this camera. You might find this thread of particular interest: http://www.flickr.com/groups/canonpowershots5is/discuss/72157606698907976/.
I am a person who usually experiences "post-decision regret" ("shoulda, coulda, woulda. . .") but I am completely satisfied with this camera. I originally wanted the Canon EOS 40D (DSLR) but got this one due to price (and they actually share much of the same technology). Now I even think this was the better choice for me overall (regardless of price) due to its compact size and the fact that I can take it everywhere with me. Even when I am driving I can just hold up this camera and snap it and get terrific pictures of scenery that catches my fancy (optical stabilization is fabulous).
This is just about the most perfect combination of features and image quality I can imagine. You do not need more megapixels. You do not need more zoom. You do not need RAW. You do not need a DSLR (if you did you would not be reading this). You need to get this camera for yourself before it is out of stock everywhere. Buy it. You will NOT be sorry!
[I do NOT work for Canon nor does anyone in my family! I usually do not write reviews. However, there are so many choices out there and so many bells and whistles that it is hard to figure out what camera to buy. I thought I would post my comments because it might help someone else.]...more info
- Good camera, terrible in low light
I've had this camera for more than a year and probably it's too late writing this review. However, here is my take on this S5 IS and I want to keep this review real short. I bought this camera just because I didn't want to carry a big SLR everywhere and I thought this would take better pictures than the point and shoots. The camera takes great pictures in brightly lit outdoors. That's about it. The camera is nothing close to a DSLR when it comes to taking close-ups (zoom) or pictures in low light. Most of the pictures I've taken at night or in low light are terrible and there is not a setting or configurationg I've not tried. As many people say this camera is not comparable to a DSLR, not even close to a Nikon D60. Most of the decent point and shoot camera's will do just fine as this S5IS, apart for the zoom and the swivel screen. Trust me.
Battery life has been decent, but yeah you put 4 of them in there (I use Duracell re-chargeable which lasts for a day or two roughly 150 shots). Flash photography is good at low light, but a point and shoot can do just fine. Super macro function works well.
If I were to get another camera I will get a point and shoot, really, otherwise just get yourself a cheap SLR. This is neither small to carry around nor as good as an SLR....more info
- Nice camera
The camera takes great photos when using the AUTO setting. Some of the instructions for using other setting aren't as clear as they should be. After 3 weeks I still haven't figured out how to get it in the super close macro setting. Detail is great with the 8 MPs, zoom is really nice too. But, of course when you start getting up over 20X you really do need a tripod. I have found that the image stabilizer is great for me as I am getting older and not quite as steady as I used to be. All in all it is a great camera that should serve me well, just a little larger than what I wanted to be carrying around on trips though....more info
I have this camera for about 6 months, it started out great, great pictures. Went to NY took over 2000 pictures and than the camera just went dead. nothing works, tried new batteries, everything. camera went back to best buy and i am lucky i got an extended warr. for four years, have not got it back yet, so I do not know what is wrong with it. But if you buy one get an ext. warr.... Will follow up when camera returns to me repaired or replaced with a new onw.... The pictures where great they all came out, I also have a 4GB extreme 3 card with it....more info
- Cannon PowerShot S5 IS
This is a great product. The pictures and videos are at a professional level. It is simple to use and with Cannons track record I don't know how you can go wrong.
- Has some great features
All cameras are loaded with compromises, however the S5's impressive features outshine the drawbacks.
The S5 picture quality is very impressive. Shots tend to be well exposed. Image stabilization keeps blurred images to a minimum. A complete novice could use this camera "out of the box" and product a high percentage of "keeper" photos.
Lens quality is impressive. The S5 has a looong zoom range from 36 to 422mm - which should suffice for most situations. Too bad the lens isn't 28mm at the most wide angle, and then it would be truly a versatile tool. Sometimes you will have to stand back a bit to get the whole scene in without the 28mm wide angle capability.
The long end of this lens is 432mm which is extreme telephoto. To be honest, the long end of this lens results in very dark photos - to the point it's of limited use. However it never hurts to have a long zoom so that you can grab some kind of shot of a long distance object, even though the photo quality won't be great.
The zoom is a little "touchy" however it can be gotten used to.
Another amazing feature of this camera is the movie mode. This camera can take better movies than most movie cameras below $1,000 US dollars. The camera could be justified in it's own right as an inexpensive but high quality movie camera.
The S5 is also quite small and light, so it won't be a problem around your neck during vacation.
All in all, this is a very impressive camera at a really nice price. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is the lack of 28mm at the wide angle, and the slightly touch zoom control.
All cameras are compromises, but the image quality, lens and superb video quality - and consider the low price - the S5 has to be highly recommended....more info
- Great Camera
It's a great camera for someone who wants a little more than a pocket size camera. It has a lot of features which at the beginning was a little overwhelming but it has a manual which is easy to follow. If you don't want to bother with all the settings the auto mode is very intuitive and helps to take a great photos first time you use it. My favorite option is the ability to extent exposure up to 15 sec which makes an awesome night picture.
The other great thing is the ability to record movies with an impressive quality for a photo camera. Just have a 2 gb sd card....more info
- Purchased for father
Purchased this camera for my father after my son had purchased an earlier model. I had an opportunity to use it while visiting this past week. I wasn't dissappointed with the functionality or picture quality. I was very impressed with the response time of the camera. It powered up instantaniously. I also liked the feature that allowed you to review photos in the playback mode and immediately switch to taking pictures by depressing the shutter button. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to play with all the features, but liked the functionality, clarity, speed and ease of use. Even my father was impressed and that's not always an easy task....more info
- Love It!
I love my camera. The pictures are sharp and vivid. There are a lot of features to use. I am still learning them of course, but I will have plenty of opportunities to utilize them. I can zoom in on an object and see it with such clarity. The only draw back is the lens cover. It continuously falls off , but compared to the picture quality and the relatively easiness of using this camera it's a minor issue. ...more info
- Canon S5 IS-Excellent Camera
I was debating between the Olympus SP570 UZ and the Canon but after comparing them I chose the Canon primarily because it was quicker focusing,less expensive, and the picture quality was as good or better. The extra zoom was enticing but did not make up for the slower response. Have had the camera for a month and extremely pleased....more info
- Canon S5IS
Upgraded to a Canon S5 IS & very pleased with the photos. Easy to operate. Enough pixels to allow you to crop & still have an excellent photo. Macro just as easy to operate. Would recommend even to a beginner....more info
- Great camera, but why get ripped off here???
The ridiculous prices here aren't even CLOSE! I just LOVE the clowns selling it over MSRP. What a joke. Please, don't waste your time with these fools. Buy it elsewhere. I've seen it for $299. The camera is great. I had the S3, and am about to buy this one. Takes wonderful pictures. I've taken great shots from the nosebleeds at a hockey game of the puck at faceoff. Unreal how well they came out. Canon makes great stuff. Nicely put together, easy to use. Awesome Zoom and good quality shots. ...more info
As promised, cannon did a very nice job w/ this camera.
my dad wants one!...more info
- Love it!
I bought this camera to replace my S3, which I gave to my daughter. I love it. Excellent zoom and image stabillization is a great feature. The only negative thing I can say about it is that it is large. It is difinitely not a pocket-sized camera. Overall another great camera from Canon.
- BEST THING I HAVE EVER BOUGHT! ALL THE POSITIVE REVIEWS ARE ACCURATE AS YOU CAN GET!
This camera is the best camera I have ever owned and I have gotten comments on how great it is from many photography enthusiasts as well! I would highly recommend this camera for beginners and right on up to professional photographers. I am still playing with all the settings and experimenting and it is really easy and enjoyable learning.
Thanks for offering such a great camera at such a reasonable price....more info
This was my second digital camera, and is by far my favorite. It has a Cristal clear lens, and functions flawlessly. Picture quality still impresses me. Highly recommend this over the SX10IS !!!
There is a patch that enables this camera to shoot is RAW and "high speed shutter"...more info
- Didn't happen
THe sale didn't go through. The seller couldn't find the CD. It was a big disappointment....more info