Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Last update: Review by PCWorld (12 June’08)

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS (announced 7 May’07) is a 8 million effective pixels point-and-shoot digital camera features DIGIC III processor, 12x Optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 36-432mm), Image Stabilization, a flash hot shoe, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. (Full Specs)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


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Canon PowerShot S5 IS Reviews

PCAWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“The 12X zoom is quick and quiet, and the autofocus was snappy except at maximum zoom; sometimes it had to search for the proper subject when I zoomed way in. Picture quality was a mixed bag: Otherwise good images sometimes suffered from a noticeable degree of noise at anything above midrange ISO.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Throw in that annoying lens cap and there’s just a few too many downsides for a Highly Recommended award. But on the flip-side there’s certainly enough that’s great about the S5 IS for it to comfortably earn our Recommended rating.”


Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Noise is more of an issue with Canon PowerShot S5 IS shots, however, creeping into shots upwards of ISO400 and images at maximum ISO1600 appearing as if you’re viewing them through frosted glass. The Canon PowerShot S5 IS produces shots were colours are well saturated and skin tones are warm and flattering.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Image noise issues and the appearance of chromatic aberration mar the otherwise pleasing image quality and although the S5 IS benefits in many ways from the latest DIGIC III processor from Canon, its performance could be taken up a notch. The Canon PowerShot S5 IS, however, has so much to offer in terms of features and design that these attributes may be enough to compensate for the camera’s shortcomings. The S5 IS is one of the many megazoom cameras I’ve tested, the S5 IS is one of my favorites.”
Rating: N/A

CNET.uk reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Like any superzoom, the S5 IS boasts an impressive focal range within compact dimensions — the theory being that it won’t matter that you can’t swap lenses, this will be all you’ll ever need. For those who don’t need the bells and whistles of a dSLR, the video mode with stereo sound, plus vari-angle LCD, are a real boon”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Purple distortion is starting to show on ISO200 which may be down to the smaller sensor, but this also allows such great macro shots….If you are a small business or a semi-pro looking for a back-up camera, never mind the enthusiast for whom this is a great choice, then you wouldn’t go wrong by taking a look at this one.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is unquestionably the most versatile digital camera on the market, with a powerful high quality zoom lens, superb image stabilisation, class-leading performance and what may be the best AF system on the market. It has a huge range of features, including a video mode with full zoom lens and stereo audio. It is slightly let down by the small sensor and its inherent noise problems, but it is still an outstanding camera by any standard.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
For anyone used to handling a budget DSLR, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is reasonably easy to use, sharing familiarities in its control layout. Anyone upgrading from a point-and-shoot compact will be faced with an initial learning curve…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameras.UK reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“I was able to take a single photo in 0.25 seconds and five in 8.22 seconds. These are fairly standard times, although the single shot is slightly faster than standard. With the flash turned on times increased to 0.48 seconds and 13.14 seconds. Again these are roughly as standard. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“It takes excellent video with stereo audio, and its 12x optical zoom and image stabilization are functional. If only the pictures were as good. The burst mode lags at 1.5 fps, the autofocus isn’t as quick as its DSLR-like body suggests, and noise renders some images nearly unusable.”
Rating: N/A

Canon PowerShot S5 IS Video Review by TigerDirect;

LuminousLandscape reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“..you should not expect to obtain reasonable-sized prints or do a lot of cropping with anything above ISO 200 – and maybe even that’s a little optimistic. I leave the camera set at ISO 80 so I don’t have to think about it. This is where the 3-stop image stabilization saves the day.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“It performed nicely. It took about 1.7 seconds from power up until first shot, which is fairly fast for an ultra-zoom.. Another strong ultra-zoom digital camera from Canon, the PowerShot S5 IS is no longer the dominating choice in this market as its predecessor was, but it still offers a good overall package if you can look past some minor flaws.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PopPhoto reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“This is a great-looking EVF that is solidly built, fun to use, and has unique stereo recording for video capture. Dedicated buttons for image quality adjustments are a great touch, as is the articulated LCD screen. Optical Image stabilization allows for sharp shots even when the lighting isn’t perfect, and overall the ergonomics and design of this camera are top-shelf. Unfortunately, image quality at ISO 400 and up isn’t up to snuff, and it is a shame that such a well-designed camera from a major player suffers where it matters most.”
Rating: N/A

Megapixel reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is a camera designed for advanced amateurs, and some time is required to tame it and obtain the highest image quality. Nevertheless, it would appear that the 8-megapixel resolution seems to be at the limit of what the lens can support, and with wide angle shots it is not unusual for images to require some post capture sharpening. Similarly, noise is a factor and the S5 IS produces its highest image quality if sensitivity is kept to a maximum of 200 ISO.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“The S5′s image quality results were pleasing, both indoors and out. The majority of our outdoors sample images were sharp thanks to the accurate AF system and high-quality Canon lens, and exposure and color saturation are also very nice…With appealing features like 8-megapixels of resolution, 12x zoom lens with optical IS, 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD, excellent image quality, and blazing fast performance, the S5 IS will be a tuff model to beat in the super-zoom category. ”
Rating: N/A

CNET Asia reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“The S5 IS delivers very good speed for its class. It wakes up and shoots in 1.3 seconds, with a shutter lag of 0.5 and 0.8 second in bright and dim light, respectively. It can shoot consecutive single images 1.6 seconds apart, growing to a reasonable 2.1 seconds with flash enabled. Continuous shooting is fixed at about 1.5 frames per second (fps), regardless of image size, and can run for about 18 shots before it starts to slow.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“This is a capable and versatile camera, with good shutter and focus performance, great image and color quality and a lens that can range from modest wide angle to long telephoto…The smaller physical size of the sensor guarantees that noise performance won’t match a DSLR once ISO values start to rise, and the 0.9 fps continuous shooting speed is a bit of a disappointment for a camera that does so many other things so well. But these are truly minor annoyances given the overall excellence of the S5 IS.”
Rating: N/A

DCRP reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“While not perfect, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is still one of the best ultra zooms on the market. It offers a nice blend of photo quality, performance, and features that appeal to both beginners and enthusiasts. I can recommend the S5 to just about anyone interested in an ultra zoom camera. If you’re a PowerShot S3 owner wondering if you should upgrade, I would only say “yes” if you need the hot shoe and longer movie recording times. Otherwise, stick with what you have!”
Rating: N/A

PhotoReview.AU reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Pictures taken with the test camera were generally well exposed with good colours and slightly elevated contrast and saturation. We noticed some colour shifts in blues and purples, which were confirmed by Imatest evaluation. Imatest also showed the sensor/lens combination produced resolutions that were slightly below expectations.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPInterface reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Photos shot at ISO 80 and ISO 100 look nearly the same with low noise. At ISO 200, there is a tad increase in noise and it gets noticeable only at ISO 400. At ISO 800, there’s even more noise and you may have to start using software to clean photos up and leave this for small printing/viewing only. ISO 1600 gets really noisy so I think you should avoid going up here if you want less grainy photos….If a capable all-in-one (good still image mode and impressive movie mode) camera is what you need, the S5 IS is absolutely it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and writes;
“Color looks great; it pops but manages to stay shy of oversaturated. White balance is excellent under a variety of conditions. But even at its sharpest, the S5 IS’ photos generally look overprocessed and a bit smeary. Some of that fades to obscurity when you print, but if you’re planning to crop your photos, it will become quite noticeable… The bottom line: Though it remains a good megazoom, thanks to continued image and lens artifacts, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS is slowly losing ground to competitors.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot S5 IS Samples

- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ Cameras.UK
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ Megapixel
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ Megapixel
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ DPInterface
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ CNET
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Photos @ DCRP

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Canon PowerShot S5 IS User Manuals (PDF)

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- Download Canon PowerShot S5 IS User Guide Basic (PDF, 2.55 MB)
- Download Canon PowerShot S5 IS User Guide Advanced (PDF, 5.90 MB)
- Download Canon PowerShot S5 IS System Map (PDF, 508 KB)


Videos


Canon S5 IS Audio Test


Canon PowerShot S5 IS Sample Video

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Canon PowerShot S5 IS Press Release

The Netherlands, 07 May, 2007 Canon today announces the launch of the 12x optical zoom, 8.0 Megapixel PowerShot S5 IS. The new compact inherits optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, professional-grade optics and extensive movie functions while introducing a host of new features designed to increase the photographer’s success rate.

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