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Old Sep 21, 2007, 10:11 AM   #1
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I am thinking about upgrading form my S2 to an S5 mainly for the larger LCD screen. Are there any things about the S5 that are a downgrade or not an improvement from the S2. I have been very happy with the S2 but would like the bigger LCD. Does the LCD have as good of quality picture and light up in dark situations like the S2? Have there been any significant improvements, thanks for the advice.
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I have no basis for comparing the S5 with the S2. But I have just switched to the S5 from another ultra zoom point & shoot.

The hot shoe alone of the S5 is a big reason to upgrade. Taking an external flash like the Sppedlite 430EX and doing shoots with bounce flash gives truer colors and softer skin tones compared to direct flash from the on-board flash.

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I am thinking about upgrading form my S2 to an S5 mainly for the larger LCD screen. Are there any things about the S5 that are a downgrade or not an improvement from the S2. I have been very happy with the S2 but would like the bigger LCD. Does the LCD have as good of quality picture and light up in dark situations like the S2? Have there been any significant improvements, thanks for the advice.
LCD much better: bigger and sharper 207,000 pixels. vs 115,000 for the S2.
+ other small mprovements.
I would take a look at Panasonic FZ18 which is similar to the S5, but has a lot more to offer at a cheaper price - it also has the same LCD size-pixels as the S5 !- (found out that after I bought the S5).

As for the new hot shoe flash... I would not spend $250 (MSRP: $399), to get the Speedlite 430EX (costs almost as much as the camera itself!)
For casual use the onboard flash is plenty!
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As for the new hot shoe flash... I would not spend $250 (MSRP: $399), to get the Speedlite 430EX (costs almost as much as the camera itself!)
For casual use the onboard flash is plenty!
You can get an aftermarket flash for around $50-$75 that will work fine.

I NEVER buy Canon/Nikon/Olympus flashes as they're all way overpriced.
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