Canon PowerShot S5 IS Review

Review Date: September 19th 2007
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Type 1/2.5” CCD
Effective Pixels Approx 8.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type DIGIC III with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 6.0-72.0mm (35mm equivalent: 36-432mm)
Zoom Optical 12x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.6x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined approx. 48x
Maximum f/number f/2.7 - f/3.5
Construction 11 elements in 9 groups (1 aspherical element, 1 UD element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)
Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Yes, zoom
Type TTL
AF System / Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (Any position is available or fixed centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous
AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE
Selected AF Point Display On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0cm
Metering Modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
AEB 1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* AUTO, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600¹
Speed 15 – 1/3,200sec
(Available shutter speeds vary depending on the shooting mode)
Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
Viewfinder EVF (0.33" type), approx. 115,000 pixels
Dioptre Correction Yes
Monitor Vari-angle 2.5” Low temperature P-Si TFT, approx. 207,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of two levels
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash (19 levels with external EX Speedlites¹)
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50cm-5.2m (W) / 90cm-4.0m (T) (at ISO AUTO equivalent)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹, Canon's High Power Flash HF-DC1
Modes Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Indoor, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Color Accent, Color Swap), Super Macro
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.5fps¹ (until memory card becomes full)², AF/LV: Approx. 0.9fps¹ (until memory card becomes full)²
Image Size (L) 3264 x 2448, (M1) 2592 x 1944, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3264 x 1832
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30fps, (LP)640 x 480, 30fps, (M)320 x 240, 60/30fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour¹
Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (stereo)]
Sound Files WAVE (stereo)
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes
Red-Eye Correction Yes, in playback
My Camera Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian
Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
Type Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Card or MultiMediaCard (MMC), 32MB memory card supplied
PC Macintosh Windows 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2 / Vista
Mac OS X v10.3 - 10.4
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch, RemoteCapture
Drivers TWAIN (2000)
Batteries 4x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 170 shots¹ (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 450 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
Approx. 720 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 900 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)
AC Power Supply Optional, Power adapter CA-PS700
Case Soft Case DCC-90
Lenses Tele-converter 1.5x TC-DC58B
Wide-converter 0.75x WC-DC58A
Lens adapter/Hood set LAH-DC20
Close-up lens 500D (58mm)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 430EX, 580EX)¹
High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Compact AC power adapter CA-PS700, Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions 117.0 × 80.0 × 77.7 mm (excluding viewfinder-eyepiece & protrusions)
Weight (body only) Approx. 450g
¹ Depending on the image size selected
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording
¹ Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index. According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras. This does not apply to Digital IXUS WIRELESS.
¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported
¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported
¹ Large/Fine with LCD monitor off
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity
¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity
¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported
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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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