Camera of the Week: Canon PowerShot S5 IS


If you’re interested in buying a powerful zoom camera and you’re not quite ready to move up to a DSLR given well-founded concerns about all the add-ons you’re likely to want to subsequently buy, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS might be a reasonable alternative. It will certainly cost a lot less than a DSLR; prices for the Canon S5 IS are currently just under $300, which, of course, includes the cost of the built-in 12x optical zoom, image-stabilized lens. The Canon S5 IS also features an 8-megapixel CCD and a high-resolution 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD, which can be easily adjusted to shoot from any interesting angle.

A quick round-up of reviews on the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide reveals the Canon S5 IS was reviewed as “One of my favorite ultra zoom cameras” by DPreview wrote that “The S5 IS is a great camera” and believes the Canon S5 IS is “One of the best on the market”.

For all these reasons, we’ve chosen the Canon PowerShot S5 IS as our Photobird Camera of the Week. If you’re in the market for a medium-sized point-and-shoot with a generous zoom, this popular Canon model should certainly be on your short list of cameras for further consideration.

You can read more reviews of the Canon PowerShot S5 IS and similar-sized cameras in the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide.

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