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The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is a high-end compact digital camera targeted for the average consumer.

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grip is comfortable, size of the camera is just right for good handling

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LCD is large and clear, easy to read the text on it

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colors are deep and vibrant in good lighting

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zoom gets good magnification without distortion around the edges

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manual controls are easy to use, intuitive and responsive

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flash takes a long time to recycle, hard to take multiple photos at once

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dead batteries leave the lens half-way retracted

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The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is a high-end compact digital camera targeted for the average consumer. It takes high quality 8 megapixel 3264 x 2448 resolution photos and features auto ISO Shift and ISO 1600 modes to make low light shooting much easier. The PowerShot S5 IS is equipped with Canon's DIGIC 3 processor for still images and videos that are "rendered with fine detail and luminous clarity". The PowerShot S5 IS features a 2.5" Purecolor wide-view LCD preview screen and includes face detection technology for the lens to set the focus, exposure and flash automatically. The S5 lens has a 12x optical and 4x digital zoom that can be combined with 16:9 widescreen picture format capabilities to create incredibly detailed high-definition photos. For storage the S5 IS provides an SDHC slot for SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, and MultiMediaCard support. The camera also takes a AA size alkaline or equivalent Li-Ion rechargable battery for power and provides a battery life of 420 minutes (140 shots) with the LCD screen on or 600 minutes (400 shots) with the LCD screen off. The Canon PowerShot S5 IS was released in October, 2008 and has an MSRP of $249.99, which is listed on the official Canon website.

Features
  • 8 Megapixel image sensor,3264 x 2448 maximum resolution photos
  • Canon DIGIC 3 image processor technology
  • 12x optical zoom/ 4x digital zoom with image stabilization software
  • 2.5" Purecolor VGA LCD Wide-view Preview Screen
  • ISO Shift and ISO 1600 modes
  • Face Detection Technology
  • Multiple camera shooting modes, various special camera effects, and red-eye reduction flash mode.
  • 10-2 second delay self-timer
  • SDHC card slot for storage; compatibility with all SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Cards
  • 2 AA size batteries or rechargable battery size equivalent; 420 minutes (140 shots) with the LCD screen on or 600 minutes (400 shots) with the LCD screen off
  • Outputs: USB 2.0 (mini-B), NTSC/PAL video out, Monaural audio out
  • Focal Length: 6.0-60mm f/2.8-4.3 (35mm film equivalent: 36-360mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - f/4.3 (T)
  • Release Date: October, 2008
  • MSRP: $249.99
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