Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
At a Glance
Canon PowerShot S5 IS Bridge Camera
An articulable LCD, great image stabilization and top-quality photos add up to an above-average megazoom.
It's the oldest megazoom camera in this roundup, but it's hardly a dinosaur. Canon's $400 PowerShot S5 IS, released In May 2007,
The S5 IS comes loaded with a host of bells and whistles, including excellent optical image stabilization;
The chunky handgrip offers a stable hold with easy access to every control with either your index finger or your thumb.
The flip-out LCD screen on the S5 IS is a huge plus: It's large, bright, sharp, and fully articulable. And that's fortunate,
The 12X zoom is quick and quiet, and the autofocus was snappy except at maximum zoom; sometimes it had to search for the proper subject when I zoomed way in. Picture quality was a mixed bag: Otherwise good images sometimes suffered from a noticeable degree of noise at anything above midrange ISO.
Despite a handy function menu for the most commonly used options, the S5 IS has an overabundance of hey-let's-just-throw-it-in features that can clog menus (a wolf-howl sound effect for the self-timer? Really?). This feels indicative of the uneasy balance Canon has struck between the consumer and professional markets: For every great feature