Just over a year since the PowerShot S70 Canon has revealed its replacement, the new S80, an eight megapixel compact camera with a wide range of manual controls and prosumer appeal. 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. The S80 should cost around $549 when it hits the stores.
Canon launches the new look 8.0 Megapixel
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 22 August 2005. Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today releases the 8.0 Megapixel PowerShot S80 – the new flagship to its S-Series PowerShot range. The camera’s rich feature set includes a wide-angle 28-100 mm f/2.8-5.3 (3.6x) optical zoom lens incorporating Canon’s UA lens technology, the same DIGIC II processor found in Canon’s professional series digital SLRs and an oversize 2.5” LCD. A striking, contemporary finish complements the compact body of the camera, which is considerably smaller than its predecessor – the PowerShot S70.
For the first time in a digital compact, an EOS-style Multi Control Dial is introduced to allow quick setting of menu and shooting functions, as well as rapid scroll through images during playback. Advanced features include real-time histogram display, FlexiZone AF/AE with a freely movable focus point and manual focus override, 21 shooting modes, XGA quality video clips up to 1 GB in size and a new and improved user interface with a newly designed and positioned mode dial.
"The PowerShot S80 provides those serious about photography with uncompromising specifications,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Its futuristic and compact design symbolises Canon’s commitment to pushing the limits of what is possible in this important segment.”
Quality build, quality optics
The sleek-looking S80 has been redesigned to give it a solid, high quality build and a more ergonomic, compact body that is over 8% smaller than its predecessor – despite the camera’s improved performance. Its 28 - 100 mm f/2.8-5.3 (3.6x) optical zoom lens features Canon’s advanced UA (Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical) lens technology, which allows for true wide-angle capability without increasing camera size. The focal length range expands to approximately 22.4 – 200 mm with the new optional wide and tele-converter lenses.
The power of 8.0 Megapixels plus DIGIC II
With a sensor that includes a massive 8.0 Megapixels, the camera produces images for detailed A3+ size prints, and gives photographers more freedom to crop images.
Canon’s advanced image processor, DIGIC II, has been incorporated to increase the camera’s speed and responsiveness, while also improving image quality. Auto focus speeds are now up to 20% faster, and focusing performance in low light has improved by around 1 stop, offering better control in dim conditions. DIGIC II drives a 1.8 frames per second continuous shooting speed, and supports 9-point AiAF for fast, accurate focusing even when subjects are not centred. FlexiZone AF/AE allows free scrolling anywhere within the frame's auto focus area to select the desired subject, for which exposure is weighted accordingly. Manual focus selection is also possible.
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compatibility offers faster communication with computers, speeding up file transfers.
High level control and easy to use
The camera’s smaller size has not compromised ease of use. A new large 2.5” LCD is adjustable to one of 15 brightness levels and has a Quick-bright function to facilitate shooting in sunny conditions. A real-time histogram, which appears on the LCD monitor, has been incorporated to allow the user to evaluate exposure easily when composing. The selectable grid line display helps with composition and levelling horizons.
With a newly designed user interface, the S80 offers faster and more intuitive operation. The Multi Control Dial allows quick setting of menu and shooting functions, as well as rapid scroll through images during playback. Conveniently, the mode dial is now positioned so it can be better viewed when composing shots. The camera’s Shortcut function increases flexibility by allowing the Print/Share button to be assigned to any one of a wide range of still image or movie shooting setting functions.
For enhanced image review, the jump to folder button now allows jumping to the first image of specified folders. Folders can be defined to be created automatically as specified by the user, for example on a weekly basis, and now has a capacity of up to 2000 images per folder.
Modes, My Colors … and movies
The S80 incorporates a total of 21 shooting modes: in addition to the full Manual mode and other creative zone modes that photographers would expect on an S-Series camera, 9 new special scene modes have been incorporated. Helping the user to effectively handle a wide range of situations, these scene modes include Snow, Portrait, Underwater and Digital Macro, plus others. Custom mode allows users allocate preferred shooting settings.
My Colors – located on the mode dial – allows the expansion of creativity in digital photography. Special effects, such as Color Swap or Custom Colors, which allows users to select their preferred colour balance for any given shot, can be performed in-camera and viewed on the LCD while shooting stills and movies. These effects could previously only be achieved using PC software after shooting.
Extended movie shooting functions feature in the S80, including a first for the market : a high resolution (1024 x 768, 15 fps) XGA movie mode, made possible by DIGIC II’s processing speed. Movies in this mode can be up to 1GB in size and are ideal for viewing full screen on a PC or TV. High quality VGA (30/15 fps) movies with sound or QVGA movies (30/15 fps) are also possible, and a compact mode allows short clip capture at 160 x 120 for easy emailing.
Wide range of accessories
A complete range of optional accessories is available to extend the functionality of the S80, including a new Tele-converter 2.0x lens (TC-DC10) and new Wide-converter 0.8x lens (WC-DC10). Other accessories include:
- Conversion Lens Adapter (LA-DC20)
- Waterproof Case WP-DC1 – allowing the camera to be taken to 40 m
- High Power Flash HF-DC1
- A new, more compact Battery Charger (CB-2LWE)
- Convenient Car Battery Charger (CBC-NB2)
- AC Adapter kit ACK-DC20 for mains power
The camera is compatible with MMC/SD cards, and comes supplied with a 32 MB Canon SD card.
When used in combination with Canon’s new Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP710 and Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP), prints can be produced for just 30 euro cents each. Printing via a SELPHY CP Series Printer also allows the user to print handy ID Photo Prints and Movie Prints.
When connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible PIXMA printers, users can take advantage of image enhancement features such as Noise Reduction, Vivid Photo, Face Brightener and Captured Info print, which prints shooting data such as shutter speed, aperture and shooting mode within the photo border.
Printing images without having to connect to a PC is kept simple with the Print/Share button, which also acts as an easy upload button for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
The S80 comes bundled with a comprehensive software suite, including Canon’s browsing and image management software ZoomBrowser EX 5.5 (Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.5 (Mac), easy printing software PhotoRecord 2.2 and PhotoStitch 3.1 for creating stunning panoramas. Also included is the photo manipulation software, ArcSoft PhotoStudio.
Purchasers of the cameras are eligible for membership of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY , which offers 100MB of online space for uploading and sharing images.
Supported operating systems are Windows 98 (SE), Me, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP1/2) and Mac OS X v10.2-v10.3. The cameras support PTP for driverless transfer to supported Windows XP or Mac OS X systems.
1/1.8 " Type CCD
|Image procesor||DIGIC II|
|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 up to 1 GB
640 x 480 at 30/15 fps up to 1 GB
320 x 240 at 30/15 fps up to 1 GB
160 x 120 at 15 fps up to 3 minutes
|File formats|| Still: JPEG (Exif 2.2) - Superfine, Fine,
Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Sound: WAV (monaural) up to 60 seconds per image
|Lens|| 28 - 100 mm (3.6x zoom)
F2.8 - F5.3
8 elemenst in 7 groups (2 aspherical, 1 UA element)
|Conversion lenses|| Tele-converter 2.0x TC-DC10
Wide-converter 0.8x WC-DC10
Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC20
|Digital zoom||Up to 4x|
1-point AF (center or linked to focusing frame)
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Macro: 4cm|
Spot (center or linked to frame)
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2.0 EV
0.3 EV increments
|Shutter speed|| 15 - 1/2000 sec
Shutter speeds of 1.3 sec and more operate with noise reduction
|Photo Effects|| Vivid
Black & White
My Colors (9 settings)
|Shooting Modes|| Auto
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
My Color (9 settings)
|Scene mode|| Portrait
Kids & Pets
|Self timer||2 or 10 secs. or Custom|
|Continuous shooting|| Approx.1.8 fps (until card full)|
|Timelapse shooting|| Up to 100 shots
1 - 60 minute increments
|Flash|| Auto, On, Off
Slow Sync speed
Flash range: 0.55 m - 4.2 m (W) 2.0 m (T) at Auto ISO
|External Flash||Canon Hgh Power Flash HF-DC1|
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch TFT LCD
USB 2.0 High Speed (MIni-B PTP)
|Print compliance|| Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers
supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported
on SELPHY CP printers only)
SD or MMC card
|Power|| Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-2LH/NB-2L)
|Weight (no batt)||225 g (7.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||104 x 57 x 39 mm (4.1 x 2.2 x 1.5 in)|