"Batteries and Memory answers revealed"5.0 starson by juice20D
Pros: 8MP and Digic II processor
Cons: No Raw and No Remote
Summary: OK folks, Looks like we have some people who don't really understand the product or the target market for this product. I have 3 Canon Cameras, the 20D, S50, and S80. Let me say that the S80 is the PERFECT companion to any SLR and is a fantastic digital compact for stand alone use. The only legit complaints for this camera have been battery life and Canons choice to go to SD from CF.
First lets deal with Battery life. You can get third party batteries that are 1200 mAh (nearly twice the capacity of the OEM that comes with the S80) so what is the big deal. I got two of these third party batteries for $40.
Secondly, the decision to use SD rather than CF was almost a deal breaker for me because everything else that I use is CF and why would I want to have 2 forms of memory? Again that question was anwered with a $50 SD to CF converter that allows me to use the SD memory in any CF device. So the memory is universal.
Ultamately, this digital compact lives up to the reviews and in a lot of ways surpasses them. The Underwater enclosure is unbelievable and the lense adapter is very useful. I have done 2 photo shoots sense purchasing the S80 and have not been disappointed. The best surprise from this camera is the time that it takes from power up to shooting. I would have missed many opportunities with shooting action and kids if it weren't for the fact that this camera performs so well.
Bottom line, only you can decide to upgrade, but if you are looking for your first digital compact, this is it!