KPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 496 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2741 times:
Today I received a Christmas gift of an 8.0 megapixel Canon Powershot S5 1S from my parents.
My parents aren't any more knowledgeable about photography than I am (and I can't say I know all too much) so with the camera, they offered to exchange it for any model in the same approximate price range to best suit my purpose (primarily aviation spotting).
Now, I don't really know anything about this model of camera, or what other models would be similar/better. That's why I'm posting here. Should I stick with the Powershot, or is there something else out there that I would be better off with?
In the past, I've been limited to an old Nikon Point-and-shoot, and occasionally an old Minolta with a telephoto lens (a fine camera, but not a digital) so anything is certainly an improvement. I guess the question is, will the PowerShot S5 be enough of an improvement to get over that pesky "Bad Quality" rejection?
Kukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2718 times:
Unless you can upgrade to a DSLR with a good zoom lens (but this is outside your budget) I'd say stick with the S5. It's got the reach you need and plenty of megapixels. There are competing superzooms but the Canon is as good as any of them according to what I've read.
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DeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2705 times:
Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 3): Unless you can upgrade to a DSLR with a good zoom lens (but this is outside your budget) I'd say stick with the S5. It's got the reach you need and plenty of megapixels. There are competing superzooms but the Canon is as good as any of them according to what I've read.
Every single one of my shots has been taken with some form of a Canon Powershot, primarily the 5.0 megapixel A610. They've definitely got the quality to upload here, just make sure you know how to use it. Feel free to look at my photos (there's a link in my profile).
To hijack the thread a bit, I got a 400D for Christmas, so no more shots from the Powershot!
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Viv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
It's a good camera. Stick with it.
Read the manual and avoid the automatic modes.
Keep the ISO (sensor sensitivity) as low as possible - ISO 100 if you can.
Avoid the digital zoom - the results are awful.
If you want to upload here, you will need image processing software, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements. The reason is that shots out of the camera - any camera - are not sharp enough for here and need to be sharpened in post-processing.
Above all, enjoy your photography and don't be afraid to ask for help here.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
Dlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 558 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2663 times:
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I have over 700 pictures in the database taken with a PowerShot S3 IS, so I can say with justification that the S5 IS will work fine. I just bought a 400D, but will still use the S3 IS for difficult shots, because the 400D doesn't have the flip-out LCD screen. This screen is very handy for shooting with the camera held above your head. Also, the S3 IS lens fits through chain link fences, something that can't be said for the lens available for the 400D. However, the last 2x or so of the zoom is not usable, due to the loss of sharpness.