Canon Powershot S5 IS Brief Review


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  • 8 megapixels
  • DIGIC III Image Processor
  • Movie mode with sound
  • JPEG file format
  • 12x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens shift Image Stabilization
  • Auto and manual focus
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • 2.5 inch swivel/vari-angle LCD
  • Secure Digital storage memory (32MB card included)
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2007-05-11
  • Final Grade: 79 3.95 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon Powershot S5 IS
8 megapixels; DIGIC III Image Processor; Movie mode with sound; JPEG file format; 12x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; Lens shift Image Stabilization; Auto and manual focus; ISO 80-1600; Auto and manual exposure; 2.5 inch swivel/vari-angle LCD; Secure Digital storage memory (32MB card included); 4 AA batteries
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

This has long-since been replaced by the SX series. Check out the SX20, with 20x zoom and HD video. Here's what we had to say about the S5 when it was released back in May 2007:

Once more, Canon delves into the extended zoom field and comes up with a decent update to their already well-liked cameras. The S5 IS picks up where the S3 and S2 IS left off (what, no S4?), with a long 12x image stabilized zoom lens and 8 megapixel sensor. The biggest addition to this model is the Face Detection auto focus, which is smart enough to figure out that you're trying to take a picture of someone's face and not something ten feet behind them. For current S3 or S2 users, this isn't a tremendous step up from what you've already got, but if you're someone who hasn't yet experienced the impressive quality of the 'S' series yet, the S5 is a nice, fresh entry-point.

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Top quality optics, dependability, and convenience of use are just some of the reasons that customers choose Canon digital cameras. One of the top makers of digital cameras in the world today, Canon has attained a reputation for creating some of the best digital cameras and digital SLRs available on the market. Canon cameras are inevitably on the camera wish list of any consumer that desires a high quality camera.

Canon is not generally a cheap brand by any means. In spite of this, Canon digital cameras have achieved the best buy status. This proves that you get great value for the extra money. In the past few years, Canon has begun releasing several types that are more inexpensive, without cutting quality.

Canon cameras come in two main types—the smallest is the Powershot line, compact, point-and-shoot cameras that still maintain a reasonable level of image quality. Canon Powershot cameras range from budget point-and-shoots like the ELPH 115 to an advanced compact with a 1.5” sensor, the G1X Mark II. Typically, if you are going to buy a point-and-shoot on nothing but the reputation of the brand, Canon is a pretty safe bet.

The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.

While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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