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Old Aug 2, 2007, 2:43 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've had my S5 for about three weeks and 1,100 or so shots so far. This isn't a full review but a quick report on my experience to date and the differences from the S2 it replaced.

IQ -- to be honest I have yet to see any substantial difference in IQ between the two. Of course that's just to my naked (and untrained) eye. I'm gonna post a side by side comparison of the same image from each camera next week. I'll let you all know right here.

ISO -- I never shoot above 200 anyway so the extended capability means little. Noise levels up to 200 are similar and may even favor the S2 a bit. I wish Canon had gone to a 1/8 CCD.

Hot shoe -- I'm thinking of the EX 430 by the end of the year but have nothing to report here.

Face detection -- I've tried it vs center weight several times with no real difference. HOWEVER, I haven't yet tried multiple faces so I'll report back soon on this.

Controls -- The seperate ISO and Exposure buttons are marginally more useful on the S5 than the S2.

Digital Zoom -- The "standard" 4x DZ is still the same garbage as every other camera. However, I kind of like the 1.6 and 2.0 teleconverter settings. I shoot many more tellys than wides so this works for me and the noise/focus are not that bad. IS really helps up to the 24x (2.0) range.

SD Card location --- HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT. This is my main criticism. I don't even use my card reader anymore, I just hook up the USB 2.0. Changing cards on a tripod now impossible. REALLY a stupid move to have the batteries fall out or the camera upside down.

Lens cover -- Believe it or not, I like it over the S2 and since I forget to remove it all the time I don't mind it popping off easily.

LCD screen -- WAY superior to the 1.8" S2

Record Display options -- I really like the option of 2 info displays in both the EVF and LCD and I REALLY like the rule of thirds grid showing. I'm such an amateur.

Loss of the Intervalomter -- BOO. I may keep the S2 just for this.

In camera processing -- OK but nothing I needed to do. I'm good at photoshop.

Owner's Manual -- still leaves out (or doesn't explain well) certain things. Same as the S2. I go to sites like Steve's to learn the camera.

At this point I like the improvements over the S2 ( but I'm not sure they're worth $450.00 US).

Dassit for now. Be back on Tuesday with the side by side location on my Webshots site. My lensmate stuff (Adapter and Filters) should be here today and I'll use them on both cameras over the weekend.

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Old Aug 3, 2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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Thanks a lot, John-

After reading your mini-review and reading the www.dpreview.com S-5 review, I am going to look for a bargain priced S-2 or S-3, I know I will be much happier.

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Old Aug 3, 2007, 1:14 PM   #3
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I have no experience with the S3 but I have really love the S2. I only took up Photography at the very end of 2005 (December) and by the timeI bought the S5 last month, I had taken over 10,000 shots with the S2 (unfortunately 80% were absolute drek). Most of the good ones are on my site at:


if you care to take a look.The last two albums (Canada and Red Dawn) are the S5.

New S3 s are running about $250.00in my area of New York. If the S3 is even as good as (never mind a little better than) the S2, that's a HUGE bargain. I doubt there are any new S2's around anymore but used at less than $200.00 seems reasonable.

Good luck. Let me know what you decide.

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