Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
  • Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
  • Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
  • Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
  • Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
  • Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera

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The ultra-powerful 12x optical zoom on the PowerShot S5 IS means you'll get the shot you want with no compromise, yet that's only the beginning of what makes this camera so exciting. The S5 IS is...More

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The ultra-powerful 12x optical zoom on the PowerShot S5 IS means you'll get the shot you want with no compromise, yet that's only the beginning of what makes this camera so exciting. The S5 IS is loaded with many of Canon's latest advanced technologies including the DIGIC III Image Processor, so both still images and movies are rendered with fine detail and luminous clarity. And now ambitious photographers have even greater creative latitude thanks to an included hot shoe adapter that allows you to attach Canon Speedlite EX Series external flashes.


Quick Glance
Memory Card SupportSecure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
LCD Screen Size2.5 in
Effective Megapixels8 Megapixel
Camera TypeBridge Camera
Lens MountFixed
Image StabilizationOptical
Normalized-Optical Zoom12
Image Processor
Total Pixels8300000
Image SensorCCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution640 x 480
Interface Connection1 x USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
FlashAuto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Flash ON, Flash OFF
Lens Features
Optical Zoom12 X
Digital Zoom4x
Focal Length6 mm to 72 mm
Max Aperture2.7 1/f
Removable Flash Memory Included32 MB Secure Digital (SD) Card
Height3.2 in
Weight15.90 oz
Width4.6 in
Depth3.1 in
Warranty Information1 Year Limited
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Image FormatJPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed1.5 frames/s (fps)
Product LinePowerShot
Max Focal Length72 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed1/3200 Second
Video Capture FormatAVI, MJPEG
Product ModelS5 IS
Brand NameCanon
Number of Resolution Modes10
Number of Scene Modes9
Metering CharacteristicsCenter-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed15 sec.
Exposure Compensation Range (±)2 EV
Min Focus Distance3.9 in
Bulb SettingNo
Max Zoom48 X
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Camera ModesShooting Modes:AutoCreative:P (Program)Av (Aperture Priority)Tv (Shutter Priority)M (Manual)C (Custom)Image:PortraitLandscapeSportsSpecial Scenes:FoliageSnowBeachFireworksAquariumIndoorNight SceneColor AccentColor SwapNight SnapshotSuper MacroStitch AssistMovieContinuous Shooting:Approx. 1.5 fpsAF/LV: Approx. 0.9 fps
HD Movie ModeNo
Frequency BandMovie with sound recordingSensitivity:AutoHigh ISO AutoISO 80ISO 100ISO 200ISO 400ISO 800ISO 1600Menu Languages:EnglishGermanFrenchDutchDanishFinnishItalianNorwegianSwedishSpanishSimplified/Traditional ChineseJapaneseRussianPortugueseKoreanGreekPolishCzechHungarianTurkishThaiArabicRomanianUkrainian
Maximum Shutter Speed3200 1/x sec.
Exposure SettingsAE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes, Shutter Priority
Memory Card Type IncludeSecure Digital (SD) Card
Battery IncludeYes
Product SeriesS
Maximum Frame Rate60 frames/s (fps)
White BalanceAuto, Preset Modes
Focus FeaturesAuto Focus, Face Recognition Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Normalized-Digital Zoom4
General FeaturesPictbridge Support, Self Timer
Maximum Image Resolution3264 x 2448
Autofocus TypePassive
Included ComponentsCables - Audio/Video, Cables - USB, Carrying Strap, Lens Cover, Microphone, Recording Media, Speaker
Image Sensor Quantity1
Image Sensor Size0.4 in
Power Source(4) AA Battery
Number of Batteries Support4
Battery Built-inNo
ISO Equivalencies100, 1600, 200, 400, 80, 800
Max Horizontal Image Resolution3264 pixels
Min Focal Length6 mm
Normalized-Number of Image Sensor Pixels8.3
Max Vertical Image Resolution2448 pixels
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  • Excellent

    By Nick  Jan 11, 2008

    ### I bought this to be able to capture great all round pictures including sports shots and my two little kids running about. I swapped it for the much acclaimed Ricoh R7 and there is no comparison between the two. The Canon has all the manual features y...ou would want including manual shutter control - a real must for moving subjects. Add to that some great built in features such as being able to adjust colours within the image and swap them about, then you have a fantastic camera. But the best part is the quality of the images in all conditions. And the movie mode is superb. Its lens might not be the wiedst but you can buy a conversion lens for approx ��80 if thats what you enjoy. Overall, the best camera I've owned by a long long way Read more Less

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  • is it the best digital camera

    By bahman  Nov 21, 2008

    one of the best option for home usage is this

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  • My first Digital before it was always Film.

    By Hello Everyone Lets Make it a Good Day  Oct 23, 2007

    ### I took this Camera with me on a trip to Oregon and Washington State along with my Nikon F100. And I remembered telling myself don't buy film until I get to Portland. Well with my Canon Power Shot S5 IS and my 2GB card I didn't buy film for my Nikon F...100 until my third day into my trip and I only got 3 rolls (36 exp) when I bought a new Mono pod. This Canon is light, fast, and has a great feel. My film camera's feel good in my hands but this camera was so easy to shoot with and the range of the lens was unreal to get that in my 35mm range I would have had to carry 50 pounds of camera gear. when I was flying back home to Florida I had a new 512 card full and twice had filled my 2GB card. And shot 2 1/2 rolls of film which I still haven't taken to my camera store for development. My Nikon film camera's may take a Vacation for a while but within a year or less I bet I go Digital SLR once Nikon comes out with a better one to go along with all my AutoFocus lens I own! Read more Less

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  • Finally a camera easy to use and works like a pro

    By Elizabeth  May 30, 2008

    ### I love this camera. I had a regular point and shoot camera and I wanted something a little more professional and something that I could learn with and use. This camera gives you the opportunity to put it on auto and use it as a point and shoot, it gives you the opportunity to learn with it and become more advanced. The shutter speed is almost NIL compared to my last camera. It takes phenomenal pictures very fast. I love this camera and would highly recommend it. Read more Less

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  • One Incredible Point And Shoot

    By MarkD  May 12, 2008

    ### I have to admit, this little point and shoot from Canon is one awesome workhorse. While it's not a DSLR (and I'm not comparing it to one here), it carries some nice DSLR features and executes them very well. I have pushed this little camera to it's...optical limits. I shoot everything from landscapes, portraits, macros, action, night, and underwater (in an IKELITE housing) with my S5 IS. I get some really fantastic results. It's a perfect camera for a novice photographer as well as someone with years of experience. I love the AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing) mode Canon included. It's perfect for HDR work and functions in Aperture and Exposure priority, as well as Macro or Super Macro modes. Very flexible. In manual mode, the shutter speed and aperture settings are so easy to select you don't even need to move your eyes off of your subject. Whether you are viewing through the viewfinder or the LCD. What's really cool is you actually see the resulting exposure displayed before you even fire the shutter, in case you need to make an adjustment. I love this feature. Especially when I'm shooting in macro mode. I can view my DOF results prior to making my shot. Another feature that I find very useful is the Custom mode. I can go in and configure the S5 IS to shoot the way I like to shoot for any given shooting condition. I can even program in my own custom color settings and save them. This allows me to switch with one or two button presses. Very quick and easy to operate. The menuing system on the S5 IS is so easy. It's by, and far, the easiest I've ever used. Which is pretty remarkable when you consider all of the incredible features and custom configurations available. My other point and shoot, Fuji Finepix S5200, is quite a challenge to navigate. The S5 IS has nearly every setting accessible with one or two button clicks. No need to drill down three or four levels to switch something on or off. Most of the time I'm switching something on the camera I can do it so easily that I don't have to stop photographing. I can stay focused on my subject. I swear... it's that easy and intuitive. The effective patterning area is 8.3Mega Pixels. Not too shabby either. This is great for enlargements. I've printed poster size prints via SnapFish with incredible results. The optics are, of course, excellent. Canon did not skimp on the quality here either. Most of the time I pull a shot from this camera into my post production tools and I find no reason to enhance or modify the colours or exposure. It's almost unbelievable! Bottom line.... if you're considering a point and shoot with some muscle, buy the Canon S5 IS. It's perfect in the hands of a beginner with room to grow into. It's perfect in the hands of a professional for most general work. It's so easy to use. It has incredible DOF performance for macros or supermacros. If you need more convincing, do a search on flickr for photos shot with this camera. I think you will be amazed. This camera is worth every penny you spend on it. Read more Less

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  • amazing pictures!!!!!!!

    By Yahoo Shopping User  Mar 12, 2008

    If it had a dick i would suck it fo sho!!!!!!

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  • Cool futuristic gadget

    By Yahoo Shopping User  May 13, 2008

    Although it's only an 8 megapixel cam. the quality of pix is at par or even better to sony's 10 megapixel camera. A camera designed to outsmart its competitors.

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  • Better than my SLR!

    By RosemaryB  Jan 27, 2008

    ### The most important thing to me is image quality. The photos I've taken with this camera are just as good as what I get from my Rebel XT, and I don't have to carry around different lenses. Of course the eye of the photographer is what really makes pho...tos great, but having a good camera does help. I like that it uses SD media instead of the larger ones the Rebel uses. There are a lot of options so if you want to do more than point and shoot you can. I love the swing out rotatable screen. It is great! Highly recommended.The only minor issue I have is with the battery door. It Read more Less

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  • Great camera, one step before DSRL

    By Imad M  Apr 9, 2008

    I purchased this great camera from Canon 1 M ago, I am enjoying every feature in this camera, incredibely you can control every feature of imaging, thumb up for Canon to have such a camera with all these options for this price

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    The PowerShot S5 IS is comfortable to hold, in part because of its dimensions, but also because of its deep grip that provides a very secure feel. Read more

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