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First Look: Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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First Look: Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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The Canon PowerShot S5 IS is slowly losing ground to its digital camera competitors, though it remains a good megazoom.

[ Music ] >> Hi, I'm Lori Grunin, senior editor with CNET.com and this is the Canon power shot S5 IS. It has a really nice, broad feature set, automated if you want it automated, manual if you want manual. There are some nice touches, for instance, it shoots great movies and it has stereo microphone, but not just stereo microphones but they actually have some separation, which is rare, like its predecessor, it has the flip and twist LCD which really comes in handy. Still a little small, it also has a dedicated button for going into movie mode, you don't need to change the mode on the mode dial or anything like that, it's very convenient, and it makes a huge difference when you are shooting movies. Despite the all plastic body, it still feels very sturdy, there's plenty to grip, you can shoot one-handed with little or no difficulty, but you really do want to brace it like you would a digital SLR. They have redesigned the lens cap and yet, still doesn't stay on. One design quibble and I won't really call it a flaw is that Canon puts the SD card slot in with the batteries. Now a lot of companies do that and it's not much of a problem if the battery is locked in. However, it uses AA batteries that slide out very easily. Really, the biggest disappointment with the camera is the lens. It's the same 12 x zoom lens that we've saw in the previous two models and we are really starting to notice the distortions on the size of the lens and the serious chromatic aberration that goes along with it. So far, the competition hasn't really overcome them but we wouldn't say the same thing in the next-generation so hopefully the next one will have a different lens. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Canon power shot S5 IS. [ Music ]

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