Canon PowerShot S50 Discussion
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S50 vs S45. I am going to buy a new camera in a few weeks. I have been looking at both S50 and S45. Most people I know with 5MP cameras shot in 4MP mode or RAW. Is it worth spending an additional $60-$80 for the S50? According to Canon, RAW shots at the same level on both cameras. I will be in Italy.

I want to be able to get good shots in low light. Please advise. You can e-mail directly,.

Comment #1

I'm too thinking I'll buy either the S45 or S50. But as the two cameras are identical, I wonder if more pixels doesn't mean smaller pixels and less light per pixel, that is less sensitivity. So, as I like too, shoot without flash in interiors, I think I'll choose the S45...

Comment #2

The S50 supports a max equivalent film speed of 400. I don't think.

The S45 is any faster. Both cameras have the same lens, an f2.8 max. I doubt there will be much difference in this area.

To me, the key differences are the extra mp and it's impact on picture quality vs. price difference. I didn't know how useful the extra detail will be but since I wanted the option to make a big print, I sprang for the S50. According to one salesman, the S50 is faster (newer processor- less lag time on taking a picture) than the S45. This seemed important to me although I haven't checked the two myself. The S50 is black rather than chrome which I like.


Comment #3

I just picked up the S50 on special from Dell for $499. Since I was set on spending ~$500 and was loving everything about the S45 I decided (upon reading several reviews) that I'd stick with my price point and give myself that other megapickle in case I might ever want to get crazy. But honestly, the S45 was my choice. If I hadn't gotten the price break, I'd own the S45 now. (love the Black, though)..

Comment #4

I'm in need of a bit of help please. I just purchased an S50, but am having some problems downloading images. I'm running Win98SE, and have more than enough memory and hard drive space available, the problem is that ZoomBrowser won't detect the camera... The USB ports are fine, and the computer (personally built) has plenty of processing power (AMD 1800+). All the software and all the TWAIN drivers have been installed, but still no go. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I can be contacted here or at Thanks in advance! Paul..

Comment #5

Hmmmmm.... maybe you would like to download the driver from Canon and reinstall it to see if it works.... site is at ...


Good luck!!. more thing.. do you have your camera set to replay mode with power on?..

Comment #6

Thanks for the suggestion, C-J. I managed to solve the problem by tracing it down to an incorrect BIOS setting. I had upgraded the BIOS, and a USB setting, for some unknown reason, had defaulted to 'disabled'. I'm off to pick up a 512MB CF card, and all systems are go! The camera is great! One note.... I just intalled 'BreezeBrowser 2.6' ( and find it a really worthwhile addition for Canon owners who want to shoot in RAW mode. Much cleaner RAW - JPG conversion routine! Paul..

Comment #7

Check the test pictures for both the S45 and S50 shot at 1/8th candles and ISO 400. The S50 generates noticeably more noise. Supposedly that's why the G3 is 4MP rather than 5MP. Looks like the S45/S50 decision is a choice between detail vs. low light quality. Tough choice. Morgan...

Comment #8

I'm also in the decision between the S50 and S45? I was previously considering the Olympus C-50 zoom, but then heard too many bad reviews about it and so I decided on the S50, but then I could get the S45 significantly cheaper (through pricematch), but if S50 is the better camera, I would want that. Let me know which is better...thanks!!!..

Comment #9

Personally, I think the S50 is the better of the two. The only real difference is the 5 mp rather than 4. I've tried both, and bought the S50. Fantastic exposures! The attached shot was taken 2 days ago in my yard with the S50. Attachments:.


Comment #10

I just bought a Canon Power Shot S 50. I'm pretty new to Photography all together could some one suggest a good book to learn? I must admit I know nothing about photo terms and such but am eager to learn Thanks Much Steve Travers..

Comment #11

Hi, I use a Canon S45. Has anyone else noticed an apparent out-of-focus pixellated effect when reviewing RAW images on the camera's LCD? I deleted a number of photos before I realised that they convert just fine. Canon's literature says nothing about this - is it a fault with my camera?..

Comment #12

Rather than a book, one good net resource pops into my mind. Log on to and navigate to their photography area. There's lots of good info there with forums, tutorials, and software reviews. I hope this helps. I really think you'll find a lot of good info. There's also an area specific to Digital photography. Let me know what you think, ok? Paul..

Comment #13

What is the best printer to accompany my Canon S50? Thanks!..

Comment #14

The Canon i950 is an excellent printer for the S50. The combination produces stunning pictures...

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