RAW feelings

May 7th, 2007  |  Published in pictures and photography

Canon PowerShot S5 IS: Digital Photography Review:

Finally we have the update everyone had expected at PMA, the new PowerShot S5 IS digital camera. The S5 IS features an eight megapixel 1/2.5″ (5.8 x 4.3 mm) CCD sensor and a twelve times Image Stabilized zoom lens. Unfortunately this lens, while offering long reach with its maximum 432 mm equiv. FOV doesn’t improve at the wide end with the same 36 mm equiv. FOV as the S3 IS. Improvements include Face Detection (for AF, AE and Flash in shooting mode and red-eye removal in playback), a 2.5″ LCD monitor (up on the S3 IS) and a flash hot-shoe. Still no RAW support though.

Well, that’s that. I had this hope that maybe the S-series would pick up RAW, but it was a slender one. Pity. I was happy with having RAW support in my old G5, and I’d like to be able to pick up a new camera that could do that without having to make the move to an SLR and the attendant problems of expense involved with lenses and bulk.

Or maybe I’m just complaining. So much is about the glass, and as much as I like the S series for how much it crams into a small camera, the optics reflect its generalist approach. I keep coming back to the notion of picking up a low-end dSLR with a decent kit lens and a truly awesome prime. I think that puts me into either the Canon or Pentax camps.

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