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PowerShot S5 IS

PowerShot S5 IS

PowerShot S5 IS

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Marketed June 2007

PowerShot S5 IS is the successor to the S3 IS model launched in April 2006, which was well received for its optical image stabilization, high zoom ratio and ample movie-shooting capabilities. Like its predecessor, the high-function, high-performance S5 IS features a 12x optical zoom lens equipped with a lens shift image stabilizer and realizes fast, quiet zoom performance by means of a high-speed Ultrasonic Motor (USM).

Compared with its predecessor, the PowerShot S5 IS delivers improved imaging performance through the incorporation of an 8.0-megapixel CCD sensor-increased from 6.0 megapixels in the S3 IS-and an upgrade to Canon’s high-performance DIGIC III image processor from the earlier model’s DIGIC II. Additionally, the S5 IS employs a 2.5-inch high-resolution (approximately 207,000 dots) vari-angle LCD monitor that offers a wide viewing angle to realize a high level of shooting flexibility, and includes a hot shoe for compatibility with Canon EX-series Speedlite flashes.

The new Canon PowerShot model supports the recording of high-quality movies by enabling users to make use of the camera’s optical zoom and Face Detection AF/AE functions. The S5 IS also offers an LP movie mode, which employs a higher rate of image compression to enable longer recording times for VGA movies, as well as high-quality stereo sound, and seamless transitions between the shooting of still images and movie recording.

Type of Camera
Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 12x Optical/4x Digital/48x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) System
Image Capture Device
Type 8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 8.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 8.0 Megapixels
Focal Length 6.0-72.0mm f/2.7-3.5 (35mm film equivalent: 36-432mm)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (WIDE), 3.0 ft./90cm-infinity (TELE)
Macro: 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (W)
Super Macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (W)”
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder & Monitor
Viewfinder 0.33-inch TFT color LCD electronic viewfinder
LCD Monitor Wide Viewing Angle2.5-inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT (vari-angle) color LCD, Approx. 207,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W) – f/3.5 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/3200 sec. (settable in Tv and M)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**

* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center”

Exposure Control Method Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock available
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE available
Flash Range Normal: 1.6-17 ft./50cm-5.2m (W), 3.0-13 ft./90cm-4.0m (T)
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)”
Recycling Time 12 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto; Creative: P, Av, Tv, M, C; Image: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Indoor, Night Scene, Color Accent, Color Swap), Night Snapshot, Super Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control Not available
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.5 fps; AF/LV: approx. 0.9 fps
Image Storage
Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Data Type Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,264 x 2,448 (Large), 3,264 x 1,832 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (60 fps/30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes
Number of Recordable Images
File Size 32MB / SDC-128M / SDC-512MSH
Small/N 84KB 270 / 1,118 / 4,317
Small/F 150KB 171 / 711 / 2,747
Small/SF 249KB 111 / 460 / 1,777
Medium3/N 278KB 99 / 411 / 1,590
Medium3/F 558KB 52 / 217 / 839
Medium3/SF 1,002KB 29 / 121 / 471
Medium2/N 445KB 64 / 269 / 1,041
Medium2/F 893KB 32 / 136 / 529
Medium2/SF 1,602KB 18 / 76 / 295
  File Size 32MBSDC-128M / SDC-512MSH
Medium1/N 695KB 41 / 173 / 671
Medium1/F 1,395KB 20 / 87 / 339
Medium1/SF 2,503KB 11 / 49 / 190
Large/N 980KB 29 / 123 / 479
Large/F 2,060KB 14 / 59 / 231
Large/SF 3,436KB 8 / 35 / 139
Widescreen/N 736KB 39 / 166 / 642
Widescreen/F 1,540KB 18 / 79 / 307
Widescreen/SF 2,601KB 11 / 47 / 183
[Time of Recordable Movies]
640 x 480 320 x 240
30 fps / 30 fps 60 fps / 60 fps
File Size 2,006KB/sec. / 1,046KB/sec. 1,406KB/sec. / 746KB/sec.
32MB 13″ / 25″ 19″ / 34″
SDC-128M 58″ / 1′ 48″ 1′ 21″ / 2′ 24″
SDC-512MSH 3′ 48″ / 6′ 59″ 5′ 17″ / 9′ 19″
Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon’s standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
[Playback Specifications]
Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
[Erasing Specifications]
Erase Modes Still Image: single image, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Stereo
Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
[Power Supply]
Power Source 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
2. Rechargeable AA-size NiMH Battery (x4)
3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 170 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery); approx. 450 shots (AA-size NiMH Battery)*
Playback Time Approx. 12 hours (AA-size Alkaline Battery); approx. 15 hours (AA-size NiMH Battery)*

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

[Physical Specifications]
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.60 x 3.15 x 3.06 in./117.0 x 80.0 x 77.7 mm
Weight Approx. 15.9 oz./450 g (camera body only)