Canon PowerShot S80 Discussion
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Comments (12)

I'm really happy to purchased the S80 six weeks ago. Everything is OK, but the lens at tele end could be a little bit faster. It's not a problem for me, because 90 percent of my shootings are wide angle. A really show stopper is the video quality. Because the videos are showing ugly artefacts when the cam is moved vertically while recording. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed easily when using a monopod while recording movies...

Comment #1

I bought an S80 a couple of months back. I found the rotary control to be a little fiddly, but was overall very pleased the camera. Until a week ago anyway, when the lens froze at about the 99% retracted point, and it started displaying an error code....e18. A web search shows that this error is common in Canon cameras. At this stage I've had no resolution of the problem by Canon (fingers crossed, but I'll bet they find some way to make it the users fault). So, from my current point of view, nice camera, but with zero reliability...

Comment #2

I purchased the Canon SD550 recently. I was very happy with it until I encounter the red-eye problem. It is rather annoying to have red-eye in every other pictures I take. That's why I was thinking about upgrading to the Canon S80. Could someone who has experience with the S80 be able to tell me whether this camera has the same red-eye probelm? It'd be greatly appreciated Thank you..

Comment #3

I recently dropped by Power Shot S 200 and am looking for a replacement of the door that keeps the Compact card as I cannot get any power. I would like to know where to buy a replacement door or get the camera fixed. Need help bad...

Comment #4

S70 vs S80: for anyone considering upgrading to the S80 from the S70: DON'T ! There is hardly any difference in terms of resolution or colour accuracy. I love the S70 and was tempted by the review in DP Reveiw esp. re Digic II processor etc. In practical terms you will be hard put to spot any difference except for the colour balance. The S70 is noticeably warmer and the S80 is a tad too cold (blue) to be accurate (so much for Digic II being more colour accurate than Digic...). In fact, in my tests (without flash), the S70 seems to come out as sharp and sometimes even sharper probably because it is easier to hold and there is noticeably less camera shake.

Underwater, even if you are a very good scuba diver with excellent buoyancy control, you will not notice any difference between the S70 and the S80. Reason: if you customise your White Balance underwater you will end up with more or less the same colour cast. And with flash, camera-shake disappears so there is no lens blur. S70 vs Olympus 8080: underwater I prefer the S70 90% of the time because it focuses much faster and takes the shot before the marine life swims away. The 8080 is a lot slower and I miss my shots 70% the time.

Provided you have corrected your white balance underwater, the 8080's super macro mode (which operates only without flash) offers a different macro perspective from the wide-angle-only macro of the S70. The much bigger lens of the 8080 is also superior when it comes to non-flash photos at depths of between 15m and 5m. On land there is not much to choose between the 8080 and the S70 except, again, when it comes to the super macro mode which the S70 lacks...

Comment #5

What happened to me when I took a movie of my cheerleaders? It was.

Not clear. Very disappointed. My sons inexpensive camera took better movies..

Comment #6

I find my Canon S80 a great camera. It really worths the money.

Red eyes is not a problem if you can use photoshop. I've found a long list of good feedback on this camera. I don't think so many people can be wrong:.


Comment #7


I'm deciding between the Canon A620 and the Canon S80. If disregarding the price (off little concern to me) which one would be the one to choose, concidering that I won't use the video-mode at all?.

Which one is the sturdiest, best quality? I've read a bunch of reviews and they all say the A620 is really good "considering it's price", but what about when disregarding it?..

Comment #8

The Canon A620 uses AA batteries. The S80 use proprietary Li-ion battery pack that cost up to $70 each. I prefer cameras that use standard, easily replaced with a fresh set in a short time. The Li-ion batteries are more compact but almost always come in proprietary designs and are very expensive. Also, if these batteries packs run down accidentally, you can't purchase a fully charged one right away...

Comment #9

How do I set-up the date on the Canon Powershot S80 camera (so that the date can show on the photo?..

Comment #10

I have the powershot s80 with a 2.0gb memory card. Does this have some sort of internal memory for photo's? or have I lost the photo's forever once I have deleted them?.

Sorry if this is a stupid question I'm not a professional photographer...

Comment #11

You can (nearly) always recover photos from cards, if they have been deleted, or even if the card has been formatted. As long as you have not taken more pictures that have overwritten the deleted files. You will need a card reader, typically less than $20 and some free software.

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