Canon Launches Powershot S5 IS

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 07 May, 2007: Canon today announces the launch of the 12x optical zoom, 8.0 Megapixel PowerShot S5 IS. The new compact inherits optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, professional-grade optics and extensive movie functions while introducing a host of new features designed to increase the photographer’s success rate.


This awesome baby is powered by Canon’s very own Digic III processor, with a 38mm-432mm zoom. The Canon S series was one of the camera I was looking at and has been following closely since I first wanted to own my own digital camera. I thought the 1/2.5″ sensor size is bit too small for its awesome zoom lense. Some said the sensor size doesn’t really matter much but it will be one of the factor I will consider with my next camera since my current Sony DSC-W1 has a slightly bigger sensor of 1/1.8″ I do think that a smaller sensor size would be a downgrade from my current W1. As one of my friend put it,if you ever think of getting a new camera,get a dSLR. With Nikon D80,a dSLR with a 18-132mm zoom retailing at RM4000+ and a Nikon D40,another dSLR with 18-55mm kits, priced at just under RM 2000, I might just give the S5 a pass. A large zoom is a plus,but not a must-have for me. Not that I want to take spy photos of others.

My Dad ‘s previous film-based Canon SLR had served him quite well, even without the zoom function,for a decade plus before the simple processor insides reached its service life. Thus, I would say,I can do without the large zoom. Just need a decent camera, most probably a dSLR with a hotshoe for external flash.

With that said, I guess it won’t be long before Canon EOS450D is released. It will be interesting to see how Canon plan to package its EOS450D. The 400D didn’t actually take the market by storm as its predecessor 350D. Besides, the fact that both cameras running on Digic II despite the 400D being a new camera, did ,to a certain extent, persuade me to hold onto my cash for the moment.

With all that said, my birthday had yet to arrive this year. Yea, this is a big shamelesss hint to all my friends out there to start saving now. Hahaha…..