Canon Powershot S80 Review
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Features & Controls
The Canon 3.6x wide angle UA (Ultra High Refractive Index Glass Aspherical) zoom lens, 5.8-20.7mm (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 S80 also features an AF assist illuminator for
accurate focusing in dim to dark environments.
Canon offers an optional TC-DC10 Tele-converter that doubles the
telephoto focal length to 200mm and the WC-DC10 Wide-converter that gives you
a super-wide angle ~22.4mm coverage. The LA-DC20 Conversion Lens Adapter is required
to mount these lenses on the camera.
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. (This function, MF-Point Zoom,
is not displayed on the S80's video-out port, and therefore not illustrated in the above
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. - 13.8 ft.)(W),
55cm to 2.0m (1.8 ft. - 6.6 ft.)(T).
Compact and elegantly designed, the optional High-Power Flash HF-DC1 works wirelessly
with PowerShot cameras and requires no accessory shoe. With a strong light output (guide
number 59 ft.) and wide angular field (28mm), it delivers proper illumination up to
approximately 30 feet and in all zoom positions. The flash fires in synchronization with
the main flash, and output is adjusted accurately and automatically. A "Manual" mode
prevents others from firing your flash.
Controls on the back: Upper left are the Print/Share button used for printing and transfering images to the computer, and the Drive mode button which is used to add a voice annotation during playback. Upper right is the T-W zoom buttons, in play mode they operate the zoomed (magnified) and Index view functions. Next to that is the Mode Dial (see below). 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.
The 4-way controller gets something new, an inner ring dial which is used to select menu options and navigate menu screens, when pushed in the center it's the SET button. When in Record mode the center button becomes the FUNCtion button and gives you access to settings for Shooting Mode, WB, My Colors, Photo Effects, Bracketing, Flash Exp Comp, Metering and Image Size / Quality. The four buttons around the 4-way controller let you set the focusing point, adjust exposure compensation, change the LCD display mode and call up the menu system. And the 4-way controller changes the ISO, Flash mode, Macro focus and Manual focus settings.
And let's not forget that large 2.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor, it has
115,000 pixels and offers a 100% picture coverage when used as a live viewfinder.
On the side is the Mode Dial, it has positions for:
The I/O ports are on the side:
Located on the bottom, in the battery compartment is the Secure Digital card slot. The S80 is supplied with a 32MB SD card and can use any capacity card up to 2GB.
Approx. Still Image Capacity with 32MB Card
Movie Storage Capacity with 32MB Card
Powered by the Canon NB-2LH 7.4V 720mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. A fully charged battery is good for approximately 200 images when using the LCD or up to 700 images when you use only the optical viewfinder. Or a playback time of approximately 5 hours. The lower capacity NB-2L battery pack can also be used. 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.
(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 optional WP-DC1 waterproof case allows the S80 to go to almost any sporting activity, from boating to snow skiing to scuba diving (40m/130 feet max depth.) The S80 features a special preset White Balance setting specifically for underwater use that produces properly color balanced images.
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