Canon Powershot S5 IS Review
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Powered by Canon's DIGIC III image processor, Face Detection Technology improves focus, exposure and flash output for people shots while the new Red-Eye Correction feature effectively solves red-eye problems in captured photos. An increased sensitivity range of ISO 80-1600 complements the optical IS system for extended low light performance.
Other key advancements include a larger, higher resolution 2.5" vari-angle LCD, additional shooting modes and extended video recording. The compact design incorporates a new hot shoe that provides compatibility with selected Canon EX Speedlite external flashes2, adding to an accessory list that includes Wide, Tele and Close-up converter lenses.
Benefiting from Canon's 70 year heritage in optics, the 12x optical zoom lens (f/2.7 - f/3.5, 36-432mm) incorporates the same leading technologies used in professional EF lenses:
Optional Wide and Tele converter lenses extend the focal length from a wide 27mm extreme to super-tele 648mm (35mm film equivalent). A Super Macro mode with 0cm shooting distance and optional Close-Up lens 500D (58mm) allow for detailed macro photography. Safety Zoom3 allows users to extend the camera's zoom range without interpolation affecting image quality - images can be captured at up to 24x zoom with enough resolution for lab-quality postcard (10 x 15cm) prints. Photographers can also enable the Digital Tele-Converter3 feature for added telephoto reach (1.6x or 2.0x) on every shot, without the reduction in aperture typically caused by optical tele-converters.
Responding to user feedback, the vari-angle LCD has been increased from 2.0" to 2.5" as well as screen resolution is sharper at 207k pixels. The LCD can be twisted in any direction to allow shooting from awkward positions - such as waist height or with the camera held above the head.
When flash photography takes users beyond the abilities of the built-in unit, the new hot shoe gives them the option of using an external EX Speedlite flash or slave flash setup to achieve naturalistic or dramatic lighting effects.
In addition to Face Detection in movies, the PowerShot S5 IS retains a dedicated movie button so that users can instantly record without having to switch from stills shooting mode - ideal for catching those once-off moments. A new Long Play mode significantly extends recording time for VGA quality movies while maintaining a smooth 30fps frame rate. Stereo sound recording for audio files and movies is now adjustable to 64 levels, and includes a wind noise filter for clear, crisp sound quality. The convenient Photo In Movie feature enables the capture of full resolution stills during movie recording.
Canon's DIGIC III processor introduces several new features engineered to return better photos, more easily. Face Detection AF/AE/FE automatically detects up to nine faces within a scene and optimizes focus, exposure and flash output accordingly. The system performs accurately with large groups and when subjects are distant or move within the frame. Unique to the PowerShot S5 IS, Face Detection AF/AE can also be activated when recording movies, with focus and exposure continuously adjusted for moving subjects. Because the technology is hardware-based, it operates at the same rapid speed as Canon's standard AiAF.
Canon also enhanced the 'My Colors' mode found in the PowerShot line. Where previously, users could only enable 'My Colors' while shooting, the current iteration permits captured images to be retouched as well, without the need for special software applications or tools. Available My Color playback modes include Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, and Vivid Red; lighter and darker skin tones, as well as options for creating black & white, sepia, neutral and positive film effects.
Like all PowerShot digital cameras, the PowerShot S5 IS digital camera works seamlessly with
Canon's petite SELPHY Compact Photo Printers - an essential PowerShot accessory. Consumers
simply connect their S5 IS digital camera to a SELPHY printer - such as the
SELPHY CP510 and
CP710 models. Press the lighted Print/Share button, and within seconds , images emerge.
Presto! It is that simple. Canon's SELPHY Compact Photo Printers are PictBridge
compatible. They work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras and offer excellent image
quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera. At 28
cents-per-print , printing photos directly from a digital camera is both easy and affordable.
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