Canon Powershot S70 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The all-glass Canon 5.8-20.7mm 3.6x wide angle zoom (28-100mm 35mm equivalent) boasts a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.3, and is constructed with 8 elements in 7 groups.
Focus range is 44cm (1.4 ft) to infinity in normal mode. Macro autofocus range is 4cm (1.6 in.) (wide-angle) / 30cm (1.0 ft.) (telephoto) to 44cm (1.4 ft.).
Auto focus is accomplished via a 9-point TTL system with user-selectable AF
points visible on the LCD monitor. The S70 also features an AF assist illuminator for
accurate focusing in dim to dark environments.
Canon has an optional TC-DC10 Tele-converter available for the S70 that doubles the
telephoto focal length to 200mm. The LA-DC10 Conversion Lens Adapter is required to
mount the lens on the S70.
The Manual focus option is enabled by pressing and holding the "MF" button while using
the Up or Down on the 4-way switch. The manual focus
range is 4cm (1.6 in.) (wide-angle) / 30cm (1.0 ft.) (telephoto) to infinity.
While manually focusing, the subject area covered by the active focusing point is
digitally enlarged on the LCD to aid in critical focusing.
To save battery power or when outdoors in the bright light, switch off the LCD and frame
your shots with the eyelevel optical viewfinder. There is no diopter adjustment. The LEDs
on the side indicate recording, autofocus and flash status. The eyelevel finder shows
approximately 80% of the captured image.
The builtin speedlight has 5 modes: Auto, Redeye reduction, Slow-sync (1st and 2nd curtain), Fill and Off.
The flash coverage with ISO set to AUTO is 55cm to 4.2m (1.8 ft. - 14 ft.)(W),
55cm to 2.0m (1.8 ft. - 6.6 ft.)(T).
On top is the shutter release and Mode Dial. The zoom lens control is along the back edge behind the shutter button. The Mode Dial has positions for:
The pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes include:
On the back is the T-W zoom buttons, in play mode they operate the zoomed (magnified)
view function. The Play button switches the camera to review mode or if the camera is
powered down with the lens barrier closed, you can turn it on in Play mode by
pressing this button. Next to that is the new Pint/Share button used for printing and
transfering images to the computer.
The 4-way controller lets you navigate menu screens, when pushed
in the center it is the SET button. When in Record mode the SET
button is used to manually select the active Focus Point.
The Menu button calls up the onscreen
menu system, The DISPLAY button turns the color LCD on/off and
controls the amount of data that
On the back left along the top is the Flash mode button (thumbnail index button in Play mode), Macro focus mode button (the Jump button in Play mode)...
Down the left side of the LCD is the FUNCtion button, this gives you access to an onscreen
menu to change Exposure Compensation, White Balance, Drive mode, ISO speed, Photo Effect,
Bracketing functions, Flash Compensation and Resolution/Quality.
The "MF" toggles the manual focus mode when held (in Play mode this is
the single image Delete button.)
The bottom button cycles through the AE metering modes (in Play mode this is
the Sound Annotations button.)
Located on top of the camera are the builtin microphone and speaker.
The I/O ports are on the side:
On the bottom in the battery compartment is the Compact Flash Type II card slot. The S70 is supplied with a 32MB CF card and can use any Type I or II solid state flash memory card or one of the IBM Microdrives. The card is ejected far enough to be easily removed, even Microdrives. The S70 is FAT and FAT32 compatible and can be used with any size card or Microdrive.
The S70 is powered by a Canon NB-2LH 7.4V 720mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. A fully charged battery is good for approximately 140 images when using the LCD or up to 370 images when you use only the optical viewfinder. Or a playback time of approximately 3 hours 30 minutes. The lower capacity NB-2L battery pack can also be used.
(Battery test conditions: Normal temperature (23°C ±2°C/ 73°F ±3.6°F), normal relative humidity (50% ±20%), alternating wide angle end and telephoto end shots at 30 second intervals with the flash fired once every two shots and the camera power turned off after every tenth shot. Power is left off until battery returns to normal temperature, then the power is turned back on and the testing procedure is repeated.)
The NB-2LH pack is charged out of the camera in the included
CB-2LT Compact Charger (100-240VAC). Charging time is approx 90 minutes or less.
It plugs straight into an AC outlet, no cords required.
The optional WP-DC40 waterproof case allows the S70 to go to almost any sporting activity,
from boating to snow skiing to scuba diving (40m/130 feet max depth.)
The S70 features a special preset White Balance setting specifically for underwater
use that produces properly color balanced images.
The optional WL-DC100 infrared remote controller can be used up to approximately 5m (16.4 ft) directly in front of the camera to shoot or control playback. In record mode it can trip the shutter (with a zero, two or ten second delay), control the zoom lens and toggle the overlay information displays shown onscreen. In Playback mode it can display the next or previous image, play and replay movies, enable zoomed playback and pan around the magnified view and toggle the various onscreen data overlays.
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