Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Canon Powershot S80 8 Megapixel Digital Camera Review

Pros: Small for a digicam with such an extensive feature set, Full manual control options, extra wide lens, Superior Resolution at 8 Megapixels, 2.5" Color Screen, Great Battery Life, Durable Body & Above Average Build Quality, High quality video capture, DIGIC II Image Processing makes this camera ultra fast and responsive, fast start-up time and very little shutter lag, Fast Auto Focus, Intuitive Menus, All controls are accessible through buttons in addition to menus, Powerful Flash (User adjustable) Fast Lens (in Wide Angle Settings).
Cons: May be too bulky for those who want a tiny pocket digicam, No RAW capture option, Takes SD memory cards, instead of Compact Flash Type I and Type II microdrives, Lens is not that fast when using telephoto (compared to other digicams in this class)
My search for a portable pocket-able digital camera ended when the Canon Powershot S80 came on the market a few months ago. I wanted a truly portable high quality digicam that had full manual and automatic settings. Having the extra wide-angle lens capability was also a desirable feature for landscape and general photography requirements. Although Canon switched from an all aluminum casing body (on the Powershot S70) to one that is both aluminum and high impact plastic in a move I suspect to shave even more weight off the camera it still feels durable and has a nice heft to it. The image quality is several notches above the average 5-7 megapixel digicam in the $300-500 digicam class which I atttribute to the excellent lens and the DIGIC II Image Processing Engine. You can also crop and enlarge to a greater degree since the 8 megapixel resolution CCD provides sharper pictures. 11" x 14" will come out razor sharp even after moderate crops. The wide angle lens will provide at least 15% more coverage than the competing point and shoot cameras so if you are shooting building interior and exteriors or landscapes, the added wide angle coverage will come in handy.
Bottom Line:
You will not find a better compact 8 Megapixel Digital Camera for the money. If you are looking for a portable digital camera that won't weigh you down like the typical DSLR, the Canon Powershot S80 cannot be beat.

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