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Canon PowerShot S80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 665 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the usability and lens are on the whole positive. The screen and image quality also get good feedback, whereas comments about the glare and storage are different. There are some less positive opinions about the energy efficiency and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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PowerShot S80


Ambitious but Dissatisfying Point-and-Shoot Camera

Easy to use. Large and good-looking LCD. Good color accuracy ; Noisy images

Noisy images

For everyday point-and-shoot moments, the PowerShot S80 is a capable camera. But temper your expectations when it comes to image quality from an eight-megapixel point-and-shoot camera.

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Canon PowerShot S80 Digital Camera Review


Canon's PowerShot S80, the new flagship of Canon's S-series, incorporates 8 megapixels for shooting still images and a movie mode that records an impressive 1024 x 768 pixels. It replaces the S70 with more resolution, a bigger LCD screen, revamped...

- XGA movie mode - Interesting My Colors mode - 22 language choices, the most we can recall seeing on any camera - Great playback mode - Lots of live views - Software is easy to use

- Loud lens with excessive barrel distortion - Inaccurate viewfinder - Poor LCD resolution - Clustered layout - too many buttons surrounded by way too many icons - Split menu system appears disorganized - No optical zoom in movie mode - Limited...

The Canon PowerShot S80 is a hybrid digital camera with 8 megapixels for shooting still images, and several modes and resolutions for recording movie clips. The S80 is the first camera to have a movie mode that can shoot in 1024 x 768 pixels. While...

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Canon PowerShot S80


Megapixels: 8, Maximum Resolution: 3264 x 2448 pixels, Included Memory Amount: 32 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, ...

Excellent quality. Very good performance. Wide-angle is 28mm.

No RAW files. Recycle time could be quicker. A little pricey.

The Canon PowerShot S80 is a little expensive, but it's a solid, compact camera that takes excellent photos.



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Canon PowerShot S80


The 8MP Canon PowerShot S80 is the latest iteration of the company's “Goldilocks” cameras. It's not a simple point-and-shoot digicam neither is it as complicated as a D-SLR. It's supposed to be just right, targeted to the photographer looking for a...

8-megapixels; nice zoom range

So-so LCD screen; expensive

Photo quality is quite good with very accurate colors, something you expect from Canon cameras.

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Canon PowerShot S80


Canon's new flagship PowerShot S80 has 8.0 megapixels of resolution and a 28mm wide angle lens in a sleek and durable package that and features a large 2.5-inch LCD screen for easy viewing, a high-quality XGA movie mode, high-speed USB 2.0 support for qui

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Canon PowerShot S80


Just over a year after the launch of the 7 megapixel PowerShot S70 Canon revealed its replacement, the new S80, which boasts a slight redesign, an extra million pixels and a few new features - including the latest DIGIC II processor. The S80 is smaller...

Excellent resolution, good per-pixel sharpness for this class of camera ; Low noise at ISO 50 and 100, not bad at 200 and 400 ; Fast, responsive operation ; Excellent metering and color ; Very clean, artefact-free images ; High quality wide-angle zoom...

Mild corner softness at wide-angle and maximum aperture ; Occasional lens flare and some highlight clipping ; New multi-control dial useful, but can be fiddly ; Lens slow at telephoto (F5.3) ; Would prefer a higher resolution LCD screen ; Mediocre...

After the rather uninspiring noise performance of the Panasonic LX1 and overblown image processing of the Olympus Stylus 800 I approached the update to the excellent PowerShot S70 with some trepidation. So it was a great relief to discover that the S80...

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Canon PowerShot S80


Great image quality; snappy performance; sturdy and attractive.

Vignetting at widest angle; slowish lens; no uncompressed or raw-file support; jaggies and audio noise in movie mode.

Aside from one or two very minor lens shortcomings, Canon's new flagship S-series model stands out in its class.

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Digital Cameras - Canon Powershot S80 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Canon's PowerShot line of digital cameras have been perennial favorites with our readers, and the Canon S80 seems destined for similar status. This is an exceptionally full-featured digital camera, with all the bells and whistles apart from a flash hot...

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Canon PowerShot S80


The PowerShot S80 packs a lot of features into its compact black body. How does it perform? Find out in our review

Very good photo quality ; Wide-angle lens ; Full manual controls and plenty of scene modes ; Large 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below) ; Impressive performance (save for focus speeds) ; Live histogram in record mode (and it's about time) ; Custom...

On the expensive side ; Some vignetting at wide-angle, especially with the flash; corners can be blurry as well ; Redeye ; No more RAW support ; Noisy at high ISO sensitivities ; Movie file size limit approaches quickly at higher resolution settings ;...

Even with its flaws, the S80 still offers a compelling package with its wide-angle lens, manual controls, and sleek design. It gets my recommendation, but it's worth checking out the competition as well, as they're also very good cameras.

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Canon PowerShot S80


As the former flagship of Canon's hybrid digital cameras, the Canon PowerShot S80 houses 8 megapixels and an interesting XGA Movie mode. With its 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, this Movie mode captures 2.5 times more data than most digital cameras. The...

The Canon PowerShot S80 has a shiny black body that resembles the look of a kitchen appliance; it even has a sliding door that covers the front. The built-in flash is decent for a compact digital camera, reaching subjects up to 13.8 feet away. The S80...

Product Specifications

PowerShot S80 perfectly embodies the compact design and superior handling that are the hallmarks of the S-series, and as the top model in the line, it's equipped to impress. The 8.0 Megapixel CCD and wide-angle, high performance lens ensure spectacular images, while the extra-large LCD screen makes shooting and playback easy and fun.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Digital macro / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.3
Max Focal Length:20.7mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical