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Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:33 pm

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?

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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:50 pm

well 8 megapixels is good enough for here. What is the zoom on that camera. Remember you want OPTICAL zoom not digital zoom.
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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:00 pm



Quoting Klintrepid (Reply 1):
What is the zoom on that camera. Remember you want OPTICAL zoom not digital zoom.

It has 12x Optical zoom, along with an "ultrasonic image stabilizer" that's supposed to help with longer shots (sounds helpful I suppose)
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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:39 pm

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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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:36 pm



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.

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To hijack the thread a bit, I got a 400D for Christmas, so no more shots from the Powershot!  Smile
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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:14 pm

That camera will work just fine. You just have to practice now, practice makes perfect.  Smile
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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:35 pm

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.
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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Tue Dec 25, 2007 9:14 pm

Thanks for all the advice!

I've decided to stick with the PowerShot, and with any luck I'll be able to get out to the Jetport sometime this week to give it a try!
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RE: Canon PowerShot S5?

Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:39 am

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.

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