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Canon PowerShot S5 IS


Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS succeeds the S3 IS with 8.0MP resolution, the same high-powered 12x optical zoom lens with built-in optical image stabilization, enhanced movie capabilities with Face Detection AF and AE, and a hot shoe for using external flash.

The optical image stabilizer provides up to approx. 3 stops of camera shake correction in shutter speed equivalent. In addition, Auto ISO Shift allows you to raise the ISO speed (up to ISO 1600) merely by pressing the Print/Share button to record at a shutter speed that avoids the effects of camera shake.

The PowerShot S5 IS can take VGA (640 x 480 pixels) movies at 30 fps. The MovieSnap feature enables users to capture high-resolution 8MP still images at any point during the movie without having to switch mode.

The 2.5-in. Vari-angle LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle and can be moved right or left 180 degrees and tilted forward 180 degrees toward the lens or backward 90 degrees to shoot from any position. Night Display makes for easy viewing in low-light situations.

New is a hot shoe adapter which lets you quickly and easily add one of several high-quality Canon Speedlite EX Series external flashes, including 220EX, 430EX, 580EX and 580EX II.

Shoot movies at 640x480 30fps. USB 2.0 Hi-Speed lets you transfer images fast to a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer.

The Canon S5 IS has full exposure flexibility and will appeal to beginner and serious amateur photographers alike.


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Canon PowerShot S5 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot S5 IS US | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Image Sensor 8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 8.3 megapixels)  
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 6.0-72.0mm (35mm film equivalent: 36-432mm)  
  Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W) - f/3.5 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 12x with the Lens Shift Type Image Stabilization  
  Focusing Range / Macro

Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.) (W)/90 cm (3.0 ft.) (T)–infinity
Macro: 10–50 cm (W) (3.9 in.–1.6 ft. (W))
Super Macro: 0–10 cm (W) (0–3.9 in. (W))
Manual focus: 10 cm (3.9 in.)–infinity (W)
Sports mode: 1.0 m (3.3 ft.) (W)/4.0 m (13.1 ft.) (T)–infinity

  Auto Focus TTL autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: AF (Face Detect/Center)
  Shutter Speed

15-1/3200 sec.
The shutter speed varies depending on the shooting mode.
Slow shutter speeds of 15 to 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.

  Exposure Control Program, Shutter-speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Custom  
  Shooting Modes


Creative zone: Program, Shutter-speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Custom

Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Special Scene (Night Scene, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Color Swap and Color Accent), Stitch Assist and Movie

  Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.5 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (Continuous shooting AF/LV, Large/Fine mode)


Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer

  Computer-controlled Shooting

Shooting possible when connected to a computer using supplied software.

  Movie Recording pixels/Frame Rate

640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec. LP)
320 x 240 pixels (60 frames/sec., 30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*4 (Max. Clip Size at one time: 4 GB)*5

*4: Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512 MSH recommended).

*5: Even if the clip size has not reached 4 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on memory card capacity and data write speed, recording may stop before the file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches 1 hour.

  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot  
  Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash or Custom  
  Viewfinder Color LCD viewfinder (Picture coverage rate 100%)
Dioptric Adjustment - 5.5 to +1.5 m-1 (dpt.)
  LCD Wide Viewing Angle2.5-inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT (vari-angle) color LCD, Approx. 207,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)  
  ISO Sensitivity

Auto*1, High ISO Auto*1, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

*1: Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

  Storage Media SD memory card/SDHC memory card/MultiMediaCard  
  Playback Modes

Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images)/Magnified (approx. 10x max. in LCD monitor or viewfinder, forward or reverse selection through magnified images possible), Red-Eye Correction, My Category, Jump (it is possible to jump to every tenth or hundredth image, to the first image of each shooting date, to movies or to the first image in each category or folder. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Slide Show, My Colors, Sound memos (it is possible to record and playback up to 1 min.), Movie (editing/slowmotion playback possible), Sound recorder (up to 2 hours of recording/playback of sound only)

  Custom Display Function Display location: LCD monitor (2), viewfinder (2) Displayed information: shooting info, grid lines, 3:2 guide, histogram  

4 AA-size alkaline batteries
4 AA-size NiMH batteries NB-3AH (sold separately)
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (sold separately)

Battery Capacity (Fully Charged)

AA-size Alkaline Batteries
- LCD Monitor On : Approx. 170 images (Based on the CIPA standard)
- LCD Monitor Off : Approx. 200 images
- Playback Time : Approx. 12 hours
AA-size NiMH Batteries NB-3AH
- LCD Monitor On : Approx. 450 images (Based on the CIPA standard)
- LCD Monitor Off : Approx. 470 images
- Playback Time : Approx. 15 hours

Test Conditions

- Shooting

Normal temperature (23±2degreeC/73degreeF±3.6degreeF), normal relative humidity (50%±20%), alternating wide angle end and telephoto end shots at 30 second intervals with the flash fired once every two shots and the camera power turned off after every tenth shot. Power is left off for a sufficient amount of time, then the power is turned back on and the testing procedure is repeated.

- Playback

Normal temperature (23degreeC±2degreeC/73degreeF±3.6degreeF), normal relative humidity (50%±20%), continuous playback at 3 seconds per image.

  Included Accessories - Camera Body
- Lens Cap (with string)
- Memory Card
- 4 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
- Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed mini-B)
- Neck Strap NS-DC4
  Optional Accessories - Speedlite EX Series: 220EX, 430EX, 580 EX II
- Tele-converter TC-DC58B (1.5x)
- Wide-converter WC-DC58A (0.75x)
- Close-up Lens 500D
- Lens Adapter Hood Set LAH-DC20
- High-Power Flash HF-DC1
  Dimensions (W x H x D)

117.0 x 80.0 x 77.7mm /
4.60 x 3.15 x 3.06 in.

  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 450g / 15.9 oz.  
  MSRP US$ 499.99 / CDN$ 690  

All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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