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Canon intros high-end PowerShot cameras

updated 08:35 am EDT, Mon May 7, 2007

Canon S5 IS and SD850 IS

Stepping up the performance of its high-end compact cameras, Canon today released two new models built on its DIGIC III chip and image stabilizers. The PowerShot S5 IS is the long-awaited replacement for the S3 which boosts resolution from 6 to 8 megapixels and uses the newer DIGIC processor for face detection in portrait shots and ISO 1600 sensitivity. The 12X optical zoom camera also has a new flash hot-shoe for better control of lighting and a larger 2.5-inch swiveling LCD. Software also sees an upgrade with a MovieSnap mode that captures full-resolution stills while recording VGA resolution movies. It ships in early July for $500.

Also a direct replacement for an earlier model is the SD850 IS, which takes over from the outgoing SD700 IS. It too sees an increase to 8 megapixels (from 7.1) and also gains a slightly extended 4X optical zoom. The LCD also upgrades to a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with better color accuracy and a more scratch-resistant surface. Its software also changes with six different movie modes that adds fast frame rate modes for slow motion as well as a time lapse mode. The SD850 IS arrives sooner than its semi-pro counterpart in mid-June for $400.


SD850 IS

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  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still now wide angle!!!

    What serious shutterbug can work with a 36mm eq as a maximum wide angle? It is so disappointing after enjoying the image quality of an early Elph - I now use a Kodak v570 with a very clever twin lens offering a sharp 23mm eq prime wide & digital zoom to fill the gaps - but it lacks the all metal build quality & ease of interface use of the Canons...

    The s800 Elph goes to 28mm which is the old slr standard & a help however I'd love to see something get to 20mm or below - digital zoom can compensate for telephoto but without wide you often just can't even get the shot...

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    serious shutterbugs...

    ...shouldn't using fixed-lens cameras. and at this price point, if you want more flexibility, then i'd be looking towards a used Rebel kit, or a Nikon D40 kit, which has already dropped in price after being replaced by the D40x.

    the new canons are still aimed at avid point&shooters and they will keep 95% of them happy by providing what is necessarily a compromise between long reach (12x zoom!) and somewhat wide at the bottom.

    that said, i sure love my 18-200 :-D

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