Canon S5 IS DPReviewed!

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http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/CanonS5is/

The enduring popularity of Canon's 'big zoom' range began on the day the original PowerShot S1 IS was announced back at the start of 2004, heralding a return to a sector of the market many believed the photo giant had abandoned when the Pro 90 IS was discontinued a few years earlier. Since then it has been rare for there not to be an S series big zoom PowerShot in our top 10 most popular cameras (measured by clicks) despite stiff competition from Panasonic (responsible for the reinvigoration of the whole 'superzoom' sector), Sony and a handful of other players. Perhaps this is why Canon has been loathe to tinker too much with the formula established in the original model for subsequent generations. Sure, the S2 IS was a much-needed upgrade (bigger lens, big performance boost), but since then Canon has pretty much left well alone with fairly predictable upgrades to the sensor and screen, and minor feature tweaks.

And so we arrive at the camera on test here, the PowerShot S5 IS, another incremental upgrade to its predecessor that adds a couple of welcome (and some would say long overdue) features but, for the most part, doesn't mess too much with what made its predecessors some of the most appealing cameras in their class. The extra two million pixels and bigger, better screen were inevitable, the flash hot shoe a welcome surprise. Surprising too is that Canon avoided the temptation to go for a longer zoom range (now that 15x and 18x optics are becoming commonplace) - the S5 IS has exactly the same lens as the S3 IS and S2 IS before it, meaning you still don't get a true wideangle unless you attach the large optional lens converter. There is also still no raw mode (perhaps the most requested feature from serious S3 IS users) - it would now seem certain that Canon has abandoned raw capture in non-SLR models.


 

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Let me guess, Phil said it's the best thing since sliced bread, just like every other Canon.
 

Aharami

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Originally posted by: randomlinh
I'm more interested in Panasonic's DMC-FZ18.

likewise. As soon as i found out Canon kept the same crappy EVF which every S2 and S3 owner complained about, I lost interest in this camera. Sad, cause I was looking forward to the next gen Canon superzoom too, hoping they'd fix all the (few) things I dont like about my S3 :(. But I still find myself strangely curious to find what Phil had to say about the S5

oh, randomlinh, check this out
http://reviews.photographyreview.com/blog/2007/07/
you can see some sample shots taken with the FZ18. I dunno, looks good when scaled down, but full res seems very noisy


edit: what?! Fuji has a new superzoom coming out?! :thumbsup:
 

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Originally posted by: Aharami
Originally posted by: randomlinh
I'm more interested in Panasonic's DMC-FZ18.

likewise. As soon as i found out Canon kept the same crappy EVF which every S2 and S3 owner complained about, I lost interest in this camera. Sad, cause I was looking forward to the next gen Canon superzoom too, hoping they'd fix all the (few) things I dont like about my S3 :(. But I still find myself strangely curious to find what Phil had to say about the S5

oh, randomlinh, check this out
http://reviews.photographyreview.com/blog/2007/07/
you can see some sample shots taken with the FZ18. I dunno, looks good when scaled down, but full res seems very noisy


edit: what?! Fuji has a new superzoom coming out?! :thumbsup:

omg, those look terrible.... EXIF info says the woman in orange was shot at ISO400!?!?

I wonder how the fuji fairs... I'd like a nice vacation camera (not that I go on many vacations) but I also want an ultra compact... maybe I'll just pick up a sigma 18-200 OS, heh
 

Aharami

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Originally posted by: randomlinh
Originally posted by: Aharami
Originally posted by: randomlinh
I'm more interested in Panasonic's DMC-FZ18.

likewise. As soon as i found out Canon kept the same crappy EVF which every S2 and S3 owner complained about, I lost interest in this camera. Sad, cause I was looking forward to the next gen Canon superzoom too, hoping they'd fix all the (few) things I dont like about my S3 :(. But I still find myself strangely curious to find what Phil had to say about the S5

oh, randomlinh, check this out
http://reviews.photographyreview.com/blog/2007/07/
you can see some sample shots taken with the FZ18. I dunno, looks good when scaled down, but full res seems very noisy


edit: what?! Fuji has a new superzoom coming out?! :thumbsup:

omg, those look terrible.... EXIF info says the woman in orange was shot at ISO400!?!?

I wonder how the fuji fairs... I'd like a nice vacation camera (not that I go on many vacations) but I also want an ultra compact... maybe I'll just pick up a sigma 18-200 OS, heh

yea pic is very blurry and lacking in detail. Phil has commented about the heavy handed noise reduction employed by Panasonic's Venus III Engine reducing image quality - and its apparent here.
The Fuji should be a little better at high ISO than its competitors because of its SuperCCD and larger sensor size. Although, it looks like Fuji has reduced their sensor size from 1/1.7" in the F6000 to 1/2.35" in the F8000, so I dont know if high ISO performance will be as good as the F31fd or F6000fd.

But we're going off topic. This thread's about the S5. lets keep it on the S5. Sorry GT.
 

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Originally posted by: Aharami

yea pic is very blurry and lacking in detail. Phil has commented about the heavy handed noise reduction employed by Panasonic's Venus III Engine reducing image quality - and its apparent here.
The Fuji should be a little better at high ISO than its competitors because of its SuperCCD and larger sensor size. Although, it looks like Fuji has reduced their sensor size from 1/1.7" in the F6000 to 1/2.35" in the F8000, so I dont know if high ISO performance will be as good as the F31fd or F6000fd.

But we're going off topic. This thread's about the S5. lets keep it on the S5. Sorry GT.

the F8000 does not appear to be a super ccd camera. no mention of super ccd in the press release, no super ccd logo on the body. likely it'll be less noisy than competitors due to the slightly larger sensor.
 

Aharami

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Originally posted by: ElFenix
Originally posted by: Aharami

yea pic is very blurry and lacking in detail. Phil has commented about the heavy handed noise reduction employed by Panasonic's Venus III Engine reducing image quality - and its apparent here.
The Fuji should be a little better at high ISO than its competitors because of its SuperCCD and larger sensor size. Although, it looks like Fuji has reduced their sensor size from 1/1.7" in the F6000 to 1/2.35" in the F8000, so I dont know if high ISO performance will be as good as the F31fd or F6000fd.

But we're going off topic. This thread's about the S5. lets keep it on the S5. Sorry GT.

the F8000 does not appear to be a super ccd camera. no mention of super ccd in the press release, no super ccd logo on the body. likely it'll be less noisy than competitors due to the slightly larger sensor.

yea just noticed that. Plus im not too keen of the looks of the camera. Looks more toyish. Anyways, just finished reading the S5 review. Looks like all the upgrades are feature-wise (larger LCD, hot-shoe, etc) but not much improvements on image quality. Actually it might be slightly worse than the S3 (noisier and still retain fringing). Not worth the upgrade IMO. I think my next upgrade will have to be a DSLR to satisfy the few qualms I have with the S3.