Review: Canon Powershot S5 IS Good but Watch Out for Noise Above ISO 400

Canon Powershot S5 IS with 12x Zoom reviewed the Canon Powershot S5 IS zoom camera and found it to be a good camera overall, with generally good image quality. But shooting above ISO 400 reveals noise beyond acceptable.

Here’s their take on the Canon S5:

“The Canon Powershot S5 IS is a good ultra-zoom digital camera with some small improvements over its predecessor, the Powershot S3 IS. It is a very capable camera with full manual controls, a good super-macro mode and a truly superb movie mode.

“The biggest selling point of the S5 is its movie mode which records stereo sound and is equipped with a wind-filter, for clearer audio. Image quality is generally good but only at low ISO settings. At ISO 400 and beyond, the S5 produces images with very high noise levels. The Canon Powershot S5 IS is also one of the fastest prosumer cameras. Besides the above average image noise, there is very little to complain about the S5 IS.”


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.