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