Canon Powershot S5 IS Review
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Features & Controls
The S5 features a f/2.7-3.5 Canon all-glass 12x zoom lens (36-432mm equivalent in 35mm) that makes tack-sharp long telephoto shooting positively practical. By incorporating a UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens into the lens element, the incident of chromatic aberrations in your photos will be greatly reduced. Despite its extensive optical range, the lens is ultra- compact and retracts into the camera when it's powered down.
With Canon's optical Image Stabilization technology, users have the flexibility of actually shooting at shutter speeds 2-3 stops lower than would otherwise be possible. The PowerShot S5 IS features multi-mode Image Stabilization - users can choose between Continuous IS (always active), Panning IS (active when vertical camera shake is detected) and a "Shoot Only" IS mode (active when the shutter is pressed all the way.)
The S5 employs a high-speed and variable speed Canon Ultrasonic Motor (USM) to operate
the zoom lens mechanism.
The silence of the USM is particularly beneficial in movie mode to
preserve and enhance the quality of the audio recording. When shooting still images
you can zoom in low speed (6 secs to go from wide to tele) or high speed (1 sec.)
When shooting movies you can zoom in low speed or medium speed (4 secs to go from
wide to tele.)
On the side of the lens barrel you'll find the MF (manual focus) button and the Macro Focus mode button. The S5 is equipped with a single-point TTL AF system that achieves sharp focus quickly and silently. The user can move the AF frame to the area desired by pressing the SET button in record mode. The S5 has a focus-assist illuminator for low light conditions. It also features manual focus override as well as a Focus Bracketing function.
Focusing range is:
Macro:3.9 in. - 1.6 ft. (10 - 50cm) Wide
Super Macro:0 - 3.9 in. (0 - 10cm) Wide
To enhance its flexibility, the PowerShot S5 is compatible with several optional lens
accessories to entend the focal range to 27mm to 648mm (35mm film equivalent), including WC-
DC58A wide-angle, TC-DC58B telephoto and 500D close-up lenses. The dress ring is easily
removed to allow the attachment of the LAH-DC20 lens adapter and hood which is required for
the wide angle and telephoto auxilliary lenses.
The diopter is adjusted (-5.5 - +1.5 m-1) with the knob on the side.
The DISP button switches between EVF
and LCD displays (see below.)
The color LCD is mounted on an adjustable arm that allows it to swing 180° and rotate 270° around. The display will automatically "flip"
when the monitor is rotated upside down. You can rotate the LCD all the way forward and flip it around for framing self-portrait shots.
When the LCD is not needed it can be rotated around and positioned "face in" to protect the display from damage or greasy nose prints.
The manual popup E-TTL speedlight has modes for Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off and slow synchro with 1st and 2nd curtain. Flash Exposure Compensation can be adjusted from of ± 2.0 stops in 1/3- stop increments as well as FE lock and Safety FE are available.
The working flash range is:
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W)
The S5 has also been upgraded with a flash hot shoe, allowing you to use Canon's external EX Speedlite flash or slave flash units.
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