Canon Powershot S50 Review
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Other features include a full range of exposure modes; Program AE with Shift, Shutter speed-priority, Aperture-priority, Full Manual, AE Bracketing and a host of pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes. A 9-Point AiAF autofocus system with manual focus option, nine White Balance settings, three selectable metering modes, multi-mode flash with selectable Second-Curtain sync modes and an improved Movie Mode that captures clips up to 3 minutes in length with sound.
Even when the camera is set to record images in one of the JPEG settings, the PowerShot S50 allows the captured image to be saved as a RAW file after it is recorded. This feature can be accessed at any time during the Review period immediately after the image is captured, and is particularly useful when the white balance or other planned effects were not obtained, or when resolution, contrast, saturation or sharpening needs to be modified in the execution of the final image. RAW images can be processed after storage by means of the bundled software.
The S50 provides users with a simple and effective way of creating very high-quality prints without the need for a computer. The camera can be directly connected to the optional Card Photo Printer CP-100 as well as several Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers including the S830D and S530D.
The Canon Powershot S50 is fully compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X as well as earlier versions of each operating system. It comes with ZoomBrowser EX 4.0 (for Windows) and ImageBrowser 2.7 (for Mac); PhotoRecord 1.6 (Windows only); PhotoStitch 3.1, Apple QuickTime 5.0, CP-100 Print Driver 2.1, Acrobat Reader 4.0, File Viewer Utility 1.0, and RemoteCapture 2.6 (for Windows and Mac). RemoteCapture enables the USB-connected S50 to be controlled by a compatible personal computer.
The Powershot S50 is available now with a street price of $699.
The Powershot S50 compared in size to a CD.
The Powershot S50 and the compact Sony DSC-P72.
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Canon Powershot S50 Specifications
|Effective pixels:||Approx. 5 million|
|Image sensor:||1/1.8 inch CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 5.3 million)|
|Lens:||7.1 (W)-21.3 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent 35-105 mm)|
F2.8(W) -4.9 (T)
|Digital tele-converter:||Max. approx. 4.1x|
|Optical viewfinder:||Real-image zoom viewfinder, picture coverage = approx. 82%|
|LCD monitor:||1.8-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, picture coverage = 100%|
|Autofocus method:||TTL 9 point AiAF (1 point measurement is possible) Focus lock and Manual focus are available|
(from tip of the lens barrel)
|Shutter:||Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter|
|Shutter speeds:||15 - 1/1500 sec.|
1.3 sec. or more shutter is available in Shutter-Priority mode or Manual mode
Slow shutter speeds of 15-1.3 sec. operates with noise reduction
|Light metering system:||Evaluative metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering (Center or AF Point)|
|Exposure control method:||Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control|
AE lock is available
|Exposure compensation:||+/- 2.0EV in 1/3-stop increments|
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is available
(equivalent film speed):
|Auto, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200 and ISO 400 equivalent|
|White balance:||TTL auto white balance, preset white balance (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Flash) or Custom white balance (Custom 1 / Custom 2)|
|Flash:||Auto, On, Off|
Red-eye reduction On: Red-eye reduction auto / Red-eye reduction
On / flash Off
Red-eye reduction Off: On / Off
|Flash range:||(When sensitivity is set to AUTO)|
35 cm - 4.8 m (1.1 ft. - 15.7 ft.) (W),
35 cm - 3 m (1.15 ft. - 9.8 ft.) (T)
(When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent)
55 cm - 4 m (1.8 ft. - 13.1 ft.) (W),
55 cm - 2.5 m (1.8 ft. - 8.2 ft.) (T)
|Flash exposure compensation:||+/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments, FE lock is available|
Creative zone: Program, Shutter Speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual and Custom
Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Stitch Assist and Movie
|Continuous shooting:||High-Speed continuous shooting: Approx. 2.0 image/sec.|
Standard continuous shooting: Approx. 2.0 image/sec.
(Large/Fine mode with LCD viewfinder off)
|Self-timer:||Approx. 2 sec./10 sec. shutter release delay|
|PC-connected shooting:||Available (USB connection only. Use the supplied software RemoteCapture.)|
|Storage media:||CompactFlashTM (CF) card (Type I and Type II)|
|File format:||Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF-compliant|
|Image recording format:||
|JPEG compression mode:||Super fine, Fine or Normal|
|Number of recording pixels:||
** The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting
|Replay modes:||Single (Histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor)|
Sound annotations (up to 60 sec.)
Image output to Card Photo Printer CP-100 / CP-10 and Bubble Jet Printer with the direct print function
|My Camera Settings (Customizing):||The Start-up Image, Start-up Sound, Shutter Sound, Operation|
(customizing): Sound and Selftimer Sound can be customized using the following methods.
|Interface:||Universal Serial Bus (USB) (Normal or PTP selectable), Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)|
|Operating temperatures:||0 - 40°C (32 - 104°F)|
|Operating humidity:||10 - 90 %|
|Dimensions (w x h x d):||112 x 58 x 42 mm (4.41 x 2.28 x 1.65 in.)|
|Weight:||Approx. 260 g (9.2 oz.) (camera body only)|
The Canon Powershot S50 kit includes:
- Powershot S50 Body (silver or black)
- Wrist Strap WS-300
- Battery Pack NB-2L (with Terminal Cover)
- Battery Charger CB-2LT
- CompactFlash Card FC-32M (32MB, with Case)
- AV Cable AVC-DC100
- USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
- Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk (CD-ROM)
- ArcSoft Camera Suite Disk (CD-ROM)
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