Pros MUST Easier to use-Great Pictures-Big Screen
Cons No Bluetooth
Summary No Bluetooth is not a CON really.. just wish more camertas had bluetooth for easy picture Xferring.
This camera is close to perfect. Canon redesigned the S Series, and this cmaera is smaller, has an LCD screen that is the brightest, clearest and biggest ever on a small camera.
I have always used Canon S series since the S20 and always have been impressed by them. Over the years however, the operation has gone from more of a novice/expert to an expert/novice style. Well, this camera takes all the settings, and nakes them EAASY to find and actually USE. They pop up on the display (no need to guess on symbols) and with the new bidirectional-knob for adjustment, you can access everything so easy now, instead of devling through tons of button presses. Plus, there is even a shortcut button for one step g0oing to your favorite item.
One thing this camera has that is new is MY COLORS. This easily lets yoiu lighten or darken skin color, and more useful things such as "swapping" colors on tems or highlighting colors (a black and white photo only showing one color like the new trendy TV commercials). It has many uses.
Some complain this camera got rid of RAW mode. I never used it, and am very happy using a a 1 GB card at Superfine and M1 setting which is necxt to the best. At the lowest settings, at 640x480 I can get over 8 thousand pictures on a gig card. Wow.
Canon went to SD cards from compactflash starting on this model like most everyone else.
They have an incredible movie mode that lets you take perfect movies.... Of course on the high resolution setting they eat the card up quick., but its great for short video blips (which is a lot more interesting then wathcing a long boring video).
The constructin and feel of this camera FEELS more professional and smoother than its predesessor.
I reallt reccomend this camera. I am not some employee of canon nor someone who doesn't have one (I got the 1st order that was in stock on amazon). I have it, and really love it.
Sell your S70 on eBay and go for this. You will NOT regret it.
Pros Digic II Processor, 8 megapixels (8x10 print with no interpolation), XGA Movie Mode, 2.5" Display & It's Pretty.
Cons SD Card instead of Compact Flash, No RAW format
Summary I used the s70 for about a year. As a back up to the d20 on shoots, or to take around as a pocket shooter when I wanted to loose some camera weight.
The main disadvantage is changing the card. I have a lot invested in Compact Flash cards between the d20 and s70--so having to buy a new card sucks and no RAW format support which also sucks especially considering the s70 had it.
Besides that though it's a beutiful camera, with an excellent 2.5" display. The lens is fast, excellent quality with minimal purple fringing or lens flare considering the 28mm wide angle equivelent. Great XGA movie mode good enough to play back on a large screen. Digic II Processor makes everything a little faster and a little smoother--just the way I like it.
If you already have the s70 it's probably not worth upgrading since you'll have another opportunity in 9-12 months knowing Canon. I wouldn't have upgraded except one of my photography students dropped my s70 and cracked the lens barrel. If you have a s60 or older it's definately time to upgrade. Canon makes the best digital shooters around, so if you are considering anything else don't and buy the s80.
Considering all the options, the processor, sensor, lens, display and wide array of accessories the price isn't bad at all.
Pros 8MB, great pics, new button config, solid buid. Canon reliability
Cons Loss of RAW mode - not a big deal
Summary this camera is fantastic and perfect for people that are looking for a new digital camera and don't want the larger G-series size or just plain won't use the G-series features. And a great upgrade for those with 4MB or who's cam is older then 3 years.
I have no idea why people are saying not worth the upgrade from S70... Please ignore this morons, Why would anyone want to upgrade from a S70 to S80, of course it's not worth it. Would you upgrade your 2005 Toyota Camary to a 2006? of course not!
check out www.dpreview.com for a great indepth review.
Pros Fast response, amazing 8mp pictures, variety of controls including full manual, easy to use and the list goes on...
Cons Size is a little thicker and longer than most compact digital cameras, but it it's loaded with so many features and power that it makes easy to overlook the size thing.
Summary I must say that this camera is not only a great product, but it's a lot of fun too. With all of the options it has to offer (aperature priority, shutter priority, program mode, manual mode, scenes mode, auto & video) there is so much experimenting you can do.
The pictures come out gorgeous, with accurate color and clean detail.
Macro mode is really good, although the flash can be a bit harsh when in macro mode.
The video is another great plus with this camera; quick, easy, good sound pick-up.
LCD screen is not only a huge vivid screen, but displays accurate colors and detail of the image being taken.
I also love the rotating image feature depending on how the camera is held during playback.
Battery life is pretty good.
Another fun feature is the color swapping function. I spent a whole day testing out that feature; I really got a lot of interesting shots that way.
The price may seem steep, but with it's sturdy construction, great performance, number of modes & features, and wonderful image quality, it is so worth the money!
Pros Ease, manipulative, xlent screen, nice pre-sets, great video
Cons Not much...
Summary I logged over 10,000 photos on my previous digital camera and have about 1,500 on the S80. Man, what a difference. On screen adjustments, very accurate pre-shot renderings lead to excellent shots. If you have any skill at all, this camera will make you look like a pro. I bought this gem for Hawaii and it performed like a champ. Big crisp photos with great color. No banding on tough gradients (like blue sky, sunsets).
I have given my old Kodak 3.2 to my kid. I'l never use it again.
1G SD holds almost 300 shots. Unless you are blowing your photos up to wall size, the superfine 3264x2448 is MORE than enough. You don't need RAW images.
It has numerous scene specific settings. Typical beach, snow, indoor etc... I could care less about those - except for the underwater setting which works great. Divers - you NEED this camera and the UNDERWATER HOUSING. This takes unmatched pics underwater. Underwater video is also great.
The video at high resolution is also wonderful. I've taked a lot of video with this camera and love it. Sound quality is great.
It's my best purchase in a LONG time. I'm very picky and rarely rave this much about a purchase. I could not be happier!!!