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Canon PowerShot S80 Review

November 2005 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Canon PowerShot S80

Just over a year after the launch of the 7 megapixel PowerShot S70 Canon revealed its replacement, the new S80, which boasts a slight redesign, an extra million pixels and a few new features - including the latest DIGIC II processor. The S80 is smaller and lighter than the S70 yet it packs a much larger (2.5") wide viewing angle LCD monitor, a control wheel / 4-way controller, XGA video capture (15 fps), USB 2.0 High-speed and SD/MMC storage. Some may, however, be a little disappointed to hear that RAW capture has been dropped.

  • Wide-angle 28-100mm (35mm equivalent) 3.6x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 8.0 Megapixel CCD and UA Lens Technology for Superior Image Quality
  • Full photographic control
  • 21 shooting modes
  • 2.5-inch Wide viewing angle LCD screen
  • DIGIC II Processor
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Newly-designed easy-to-use interface
  • High Resolution (1024 x 768 pixel) XGA Movie Mode

Canon PowerShot S70 vs PowerShot S80 (main differences)

 

Canon PowerShot S80

Canon PowerShot S70
Effective Pixels 8.0 million 7.1 million
Processor DIGIC II DIGIC I
Max image size 3264 x 2448 3072 x 2304
Storage SD /MMC CompactFlash
Raw mode No Yes
LCD screen 2.5-inch, 115,000 pixels 1.8-inch 118,000 pixels
Max movie size • 1024 x 768 at 15 fps
• 640 x 480 at 15 or 30 fps
• 640 x 480 at 10 fps up to 30 secs
Shooting modes • Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Manual
• Custom
• My Colors
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Scene
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Underwater
• Digital Macro
• Stitch Assist
• Movie

• Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Manual
• Custom
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Scene
• Fast Shutter
• Slow Shutter
• Stitch Assist
• Movie

Continuous shooting Approx.1.8 fps Approx.2.0 fps
Connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB 1.1
Dimensions 104 x 57 x 38.8 mm (4.1 x 2.2 x 1.5 in) 114 x 57 x 39mm (4.4 x 2.2 x 1.5in)
Weight (excl battery) 225 g (7.9 oz) 230 g (8.1 oz)

Key specifications

Street price • US: $514
• UK: £399
Body Material Metal
Sensor • 1/1.8 " CCD
• 8.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

Movie clips • 1024 x 768 at 15 fps
• 640 x 480 at 15 or 30 fps
• 320 x 240 at 15 or 30 fps
• 160 x 120 at 15 fps (3 mins max)
• Duration limited by card capacity (streaming), 1GB max file size
• AVI (Motion JPEG)
Lens

• 28 - 100mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.8 - F5.3
• 3.6x zoom

Focus

• TTL
• 9-point AiAF
• 1-point AF (any position or fixed center)
• Manual
• Macro: 4cm

Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Manual
• Custom
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Scene
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Underwater
• Digital Macro
• Stitch Assist
• My Colors
• Movie with sound
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Shutter speeds 15 - 1/2000 sec
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Apertures Wide: F2.8 / 3.2 / 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 5.6 / 6.3 / 7.1 / 8.0
Tele: F5.3 / 5.6 / 6.3 / 7.1 / 8.0
Metering Evaluative
Center-weighted average
Spot (Center* or AF-point)
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
White Balance • Auto
• 7 presets (Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater)
• Custom (manual white balance)
Image parameters

• Vivid
• Neutral
• Low Sharpening
• Sepia
• Black & White
• Custom (3 levels each of sharpness, contrast, saturation)
• My Colors (9 settings)]

Continuous • Approx.1.8 fps
• Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off
Flash

• Built-in flash
• Auto, manual, on/of, red-eye reduction
• Flash range (W): 55cm - 4.2m (1.8ft - 14ft) - auto ISO
• Flash range (T): 55cm - 2.0m (1.8ft - 6.6ft) - auto ISO
• Flash level control
• External High Power Flash HF-DC1 (optional)

Storage • SD /MMC
• 32 MB card supplied*
Viewfinder • Real Image Optical
• Approx 80% coverage
LCD monitor • 2.5 inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
• 115,000 pixels
• picture coverage 100%
• Wide viewing angle
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi Speed
• AV out
Power • Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-2LH/NB-2L)
• Charger included
In the box*

PowerShot S80 Body
Battery Charger CB-2LWE
Wrist Strap WS-DC1
SD Memory Card SDC-32M
Battery Pack NB-2LH
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
AV Cable AVC-DC300

Other features

PictBridge and DPOF compatible
• Playback & record histogram
• Autofocus Illuminator
Voice Annotation: WAV (monaural) up to 60 seconds per image
• Optional Tele-converter 2.0x TC-DC10
• Optional Wide Converter 0.8x WC-DC10
• PC-controlled shooting via USB
• Optional underwater housing (up to 40m) WP-DC1
• AE Bracketing

Weight (inc batt) 268 g (9.4 oz.) approx
Dimensions 104 x 57 x 38.8 mm ((4.1 x 2.2 x 1.5 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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cgarrard

Still a classic great camera. CHDK added the functionality that was missing and then some. With the extra goodies, its a bonafide classic.

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