Canon PowerShot S5 IS

(July 2007)

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is an excellent all-round performer that will satisfy most needs.

What’s good:

  • The articulating screen is great. For example it means you can take shots above your head (e.g. in crowds), round the corner, low level, facing you.
  • The very effective Image Stabilisation (IS) means you can take handheld photos at long telephoto zoom, with few worries about camera shake causing blurring. It makes a huge difference, as I once found out when accidentally turning it off when filming video interviews of colleagues from a mere 10 feet away. The result was pretty nauseating!
  • A boon to the video capability is the Ultrasonic motor driving the superzoom, that allows you to zoom in and out, without sound cutting out and with nearly silent operation.
  • Photo quality is great.

What’s disappointing:

  • No longer available new
  • Wide angle is rather limited at 36mm

Our review rating – 40%
You could alternatively consider its successors, as the SX20 (October 2009) and SX30(November 2010) are well worth a look!

Key features:
Megapixels 8.0
Optical Zoom 12x
Wide Angle (35mm equivalent) 36mm
Telephoto (35mm equivalent) 432mm
Continuous shooting (max) 1.5fps
Built in flash – max range 5.2m
Hot Shoe for external flash? Yes
Macro minimum 0mm
Raw? No
Video 640×480, 30fps, Stereo
Weight 450g
Other Vari-angle LCD
Approx price (incl VAT & delivery) Discontinued – Used models are from £150
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