The sleek-looking S80 has been redesigned to give it a solid, high
quality build and a more ergonomic, compact body that is over 8%
smaller than its predecessor--despite the camera's improved
performance. Its 28-100mm f2.8-5.3 (3.6x) optical zoom lens
features Canon's advanced UA (Ultra High Refractive Index
Aspherical) lens technology, which allows for true wide-angle
capability without increasing camera size. The focal length range
expands to approximately 22.4 to 200 millimeters with the new
optional wide and tele-converter lenses.
The power of 8.0 megapixels plus DIGIC II
With a sensor that includes a massive 8.0 megapixels, the camera
produces images for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints, and gives
photographers more freedom to crop images.
Canon's advanced image processor, DIGIC II, has been
incorporated to increase the camera's speed and responsiveness,
while also improving image quality. Auto focus speeds are now up
to 20% faster, and focusing performance in low light has improved
by around 1 stop, offering better control in dim conditions. DIGIC
II drives a 1.8 frames per second continuous shooting speed, and
supports 9-point AiAF for fast, accurate focusing even when
subjects are not centerd. FlexiZone AF/AE allows free scrolling
anywhere within the frame's auto focus area to select the desired
subject, for which exposure is weighted accordingly. Manual focus
selection is also possible.
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compatibility offers faster communication with
computers, speeding up file transfers.
High level control and easy to use
The camera's smaller size has not compromised ease of use. A new
large 2.5-inch LCD is adjustable to one of 15 brightness levels
and has a Quick-bright function to facilitate shooting in sunny
conditions. A real-time histogram, which appears on the LCD
monitor, has been incorporated to allow the user to evaluate
exposure easily when composing. The selectable grid line display
helps with composition and levelling horizons.
With a newly designed user interface, the S80 offers faster and
more intuitive operation. The Multi Control Dial allows quick
setting of menu and shooting functions, as well as rapid scroll
through images during playback. Conveniently, the mode dial is now
positioned so it can be better viewed when composing shots. The
camera's Shortcut function increases flexibility by allowing the
Print/Share button to be assigned to any one of a wide range of
still image or movie shooting setting functions.
For enhanced image review, the jump to folder button now allows
jumping to the first image of specified folders. Folders can be
defined to be created automatically as specified by the user, for
example on a weekly basis, and now has a capacity of up to 2000
images per folder.
Modes, My Colors...and movies
The S80 incorporates a total of 21 shooting modes: in addition to
the full Manual mode and other creative zone modes that
photographers would expect on an S-Series camera, nine new special
scene modes have been incorporated. Helping the user to
effectively handle a wide range of situations, these scene modes
include Snow, Portrait, Underwater and Digital Macro, plus others.
Custom mode allows users allocate preferred shooting settings.
My Colors--located on the mode dial--allows the expansion of
creativity in digital photography. Special effects, such as Color
Swap or Custom Colors, which allows users to select their
preferred color balance for any given shot, can be performed
in-camera and viewed on the LCD while shooting stills and movies.
These effects could previously only be achieved using PC software
Extended movie shooting functions feature in the S80, including
a first for the market: a high-resolution (1024 x 768, 15 frames
per second) XGA movie mode, made possible by DIGIC II's processing
speed. Movies in this mode can be up to 1GB in size and are ideal
for viewing full screen on a PC or TV. High quality VGA (30/15
frames per second) movies with sound or QVGA movies (30/15 frames
per second) are also possible, and a compact mode allows short
clip capture at 160 x 120 for easy e-mailing.
When used in combination with Canon's new Compact Photo Printer
Selphy CP710 and Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP), prints can be
produced very inexpensively. Printing via a Selphy CP Series
Printer also allows the user to print handy ID Photo Prints and
When connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible
PIXMA printers, users can take advantage of image enhancement
features such as Noise Reduction, Vivid Photo, Face Brightener and
Captured Info print, which prints shooting data such as shutter
speed, aperture and shooting mode within the photo border.
Printing images without having to connect to a PC is kept
simple with the Print/Share button, which also acts as an easy
upload button for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
The S80 comes bundled with a comprehensive software suite,
including Canon's browsing and image management software
ZoomBrowser EX 5.5 (Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.5 (Mac), easy
printing software PhotoRecord 2.2, and PhotoStitch 3.1 for
creating stunning panoramas. Also included is the photo
manipulation software, ArcSoft PhotoStudio.
Purchasers of the cameras are eligible for membership of Canon
iMAGE Gateway, which offers 100 MB of online space for uploading
and sharing images.
Supported operating systems are Windows 98 (SE), Me, 2000
(SP4), XP (SP1/2) and Mac OS X v10.2-v10.3. The cameras support
PTP for driverless transfer to supported Windows XP or Mac OS X
What's in the box
PowerShot S80 body, Lithium battery pack NB-2LH, battery charger
CB-2LW, 32 MB SD memory card SDC-32M, wrist strap WS-300, Digital
Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU,
audio-video cable AVC-DC300
Equipped to impress, this Canon PowerShot S80 digital camera
perfectly embodies the compact design and superior handling a high
performance camera should have. The camera’s massive 8.0 megapixel
CCD and wide-angle, high performance lens ensure spectacular
images, and the extra-large 2.5" LCD screen makes shooting and
playback easy and fun. Expand your shooting capabilities with
optional Wide and Tele Converters and an underwater housing.