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Canon Powershot S80 8MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Wide Angle Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Canon Powershot S80 8MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Wide Angle Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 72 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 6.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video4.8   above average
Manual4.6   exceptional
Size4.5   average
Quality4.4   above average
Underwater4.2   average
Image4.0   average
Compact3.8   below average
Setting3.8   average
Battery3.7   above average
Lens2.8   below average
Light2.7   mediocre
Zoom2.5   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"It looks like some sensors(battery door lens sensors) have got damaged."
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"The pictures are great, the flexibility because of the manual mode settings is increadable and you get a full video picture system to dive with up to 130 feet for less then $1000 (camera, 2x1GB SD cards, underwater case, underwater weights, 2 year extra warranty).Four changes I would recomend:1) Dedicated battery power indicator, now it is hard to figure this out2) Display the shutter speed for ALL modes so shake can be prevented.3) Underwater case should have a means to rotate the dial (not possible with current case restricting manual mode underwater, but you can pre-program the camera)4) When changing the flash or Macro setting in the SCN mode, the user needs to reset them each time the camera is turned on."
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"Also, my friend had his camera die due to a simple mistake in battery purchase, he put Lithium AA batteries in his camera (I forget the make and model, it was a 3.2 MP though) instead of the Alkaline batteries he was supposed to be using and it totally broke."
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"Neither would it go all the way back in, so the lens cover would not close (not only putting the lens in danger, but draining the battery as well.)"
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"Then a friend talked me into a Casio because of the longer battery life, big screen and he showed me the great photos he took with his."
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"The battery life for this camera is very satisfactory, but it's always best to have backup."
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"I think that SLRs main current strength is that they have: 1) Easily changable lenses 2) Perhaps better f-stop ranges (greater depth of field) 3) Longer battery time 4) More shots per secondThese SLR advantages do not outweight the large bulky form factor and high cost when compared to a good compact."
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"The battery seems to last quite a while as well, which was a big concern for us, since some of the older digital cameras were really hard on batteries."
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Compact

Compact:
"Right before my year warranty was up, the door for the compact flash card broke off and the zoom was sticking at times - but they couldn't duplicate the stick so they just fixed the door."
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"I was really worried about the flash capability of compact cameras."
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"My old point and shoot was compact and convenient but took horrible low light pictures (low light meaning anything that was not outside)."
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"I HAVE NEVER OWNED A CANON CAMERA AND NEVER OWNED A COMPACT, BUT THIS LITTLE CAMERA WORKS GREAT."
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"It took beautiful pictures and its the closest compact camera I've ever had to a DSLR."
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"April 2007 Addendum: -- After winning virtually every award there was to win last year, Canon discontinued this camera within only a few months of its release -- they have gone to a top-of-the-line compact G7 model and otherwise are encouraging dSLR purchase."
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"I really liked the compact nature of the SD series , the startup time and the shooting speed."
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"I think that SLRs main current strength is that they have: 1) Easily changable lenses 2) Perhaps better f-stop ranges (greater depth of field) 3) Longer battery time 4) More shots per secondThese SLR advantages do not outweight the large bulky form factor and high cost when compared to a good compact."
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Flash

Flash:
"'Cons- Indoor shots suck big time, flash power is too weak."
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"Right before my year warranty was up, the door for the compact flash card broke off and the zoom was sticking at times - but they couldn't duplicate the stick so they just fixed the door."
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"I was really worried about the flash capability of compact cameras."
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"Below that point the build in flash just does not perform well enough and everything turns a bit more gray."
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"Oh, and something that I was concerned about because I couldn't find information about it online was whether or not I would be able to use the optical zoom and flash easily underwater."
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"It lacks a 'steadyshot' feature if anything, but my low light pics have turned out well, and if you need a flash this has an adjustable one (3 brightness levels i think."
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"Even though I could not use my Compact flash memory, but I think SD memory is really nice with S80."
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"I was pleasantly surprised with its flash."
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"In order to avoid red eye, Canon recommends having your subjects look straight into the flash."
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"Macro mode is really good, although the flash can be a bit harsh when in macro mode."
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Image

Image:
")- e18 lens error- frequently gives image stabilization warnings, especially in low lightI'm currently in the market for a new camera - my lens just decided to jam itself open for no apparent reason."
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"Granted, a lot of it was 8 yr old junk, but about a dozen of her pics came out well enough that I didnt hesitate to include them in the final presentation- and the bride loved them!"
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"Then when I go to take the photo, I miss the perfect moment because the setting is wrong."
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"No more crouching into corners to avoid missing people in indoor pics."
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"This is the feature for I want to buy this camera but in Steve's preview is writen:One note of caution; the S80 has separate menu options for digital zoom in still and movie recording modes; be sure to disable digital zoom in movie mode to avoid degrading moving image quality."
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"It operates extremely well in low light situations, is easy to take anywhere, and easy to download pics to computer."
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"Granted, a lot of it was 8 yr old junk, but about a dozen of her pics came out well enough that I didnt hesitate to include them in the final presentation- and the bride loved them!"
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"Then when I go to take the photo, I miss the perfect moment because the setting is wrong."
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"My only recommendation at this point is the Canon G7 if you want one of the best image quality point and shoots available."
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"easy to learn to use, great pics, good looking camera."
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Lens

Lens:
"It looks like some sensors(battery door lens sensors) have got damaged."
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"I did initially have problems with the lens cover not closing as other reviewers did, but usually if I took the battery out and charged it and then returned it the cover would close."
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")- e18 lens error- frequently gives image stabilization warnings, especially in low lightI'm currently in the market for a new camera - my lens just decided to jam itself open for no apparent reason."
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"Just wanted to post this review to warn people yet again about problems with the lens in Canon Powershot cameras."
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"They did offer a loyalty program which looks like they give you about a 50% discount off a refurbished SD850, G9 or Rebel XT if you trade in your old S80.Now I'm trying to decide if I should go for the refurbished SD850 and risk another lens error, or switch to Nikon."
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"Another lense jam problem."
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"Since the lens retracts back and out it has a good chance of getting damaged."
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"Neither would it go all the way back in, so the lens cover would not close (not only putting the lens in danger, but draining the battery as well.)"
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":o) If you agree or disagree or know of ANY other digital point and shoot camera that has a WIDE ANGLE lens please write, Email:boland7214@aol."
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"But, most people who know know that it is the WIDE ANGLE lens that is most important---most of the best shots are made with a WIDE ANGLE lens."
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Light

Light:
"Does not take good indoor(low light) photo's compared to other smaller cameras, flash overfill."
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"Basically, very low light settings are compromised by this inablity to set the ISO at 400 and be confident that the pictures will have a low enough noise level to be usable."
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"this camera BROKE after 4 months of light use, I used it for business and kept in my brief case."
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"My old point and shoot was compact and convenient but took horrible low light pictures (low light meaning anything that was not outside)."
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"In addition to the lower rez frame rate problems in past cams, zooming or adjusting for light changes while capturing video wasn't possible."
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"It operates extremely well in low light situations, is easy to take anywhere, and easy to download pics to computer."
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"It lacks a 'steadyshot' feature if anything, but my low light pics have turned out well, and if you need a flash this has an adjustable one (3 brightness levels i think."
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"However with a good light and the proper settings this is not a problem."
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"I think the professionals find all the best light photo situations to portray the camera in the best possible light."
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Manual

Manual:
"I became pretty frustrated with the adavnced manual and its tiny size."
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"you will be amazed at how much manual settings this has."
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"fantastic shots, many manual settings and EVERY BUTTON IS WHERE IT FEELS IT SHOULD BE; this camera is incredibly easy to use."
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"I also recommend purchasing a tripod, so if you are not planning on going manual, I recommend the Canon's SD and A series."
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"The manual option is great, but does take a bit of getting used to, although you cant beat it for portrait shots, the depth of field can be manually adjusted."
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"The controls are pretty easy to use (gotta read that manual)."
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Photo

Photo:
"Does not take good indoor(low light) photo's compared to other smaller cameras, flash overfill."
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"Then I bought the 4 MP elph and it lasted 2 1 2 years before the button broke (to switch between viewing photos and taking photos)."
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"This isn't really as much as a problem as it's just that I take lots of wildlife photos and it might someday ruin a great photo opportunity if I have a close encounter with a frantic creature."
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"It does seem a little fragile compared to my film camera, a CANON A-1 that has seen much abuse and much of he world and is still producing great photos."
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"Then a friend talked me into a Casio because of the longer battery life, big screen and he showed me the great photos he took with his."
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"In summary - sharp, crisp, color-saturated photos that will not disappoint - point and shoot simplicity for beginners - great feature set for more discriminating users."
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"And when I need full manual setup with tripod and lighting and remote triggering the s80 is full cabable and its printed photos are as good or better that other SLRs I've used."
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"~The LCD screen is massive (2.5 inches) which is good for video playback and reviewing your photos before downloading them to your computer."
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Price

Price:
"The downside is the switch to SD memory from CF but that's the price of progress."
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"I've had accidents with my previous ones, not an issue with the manufacturing, but I prefer buying the same model over and over because it's so reliable and the price keeps dropping."
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"I am sooo happy because instead of a decrease in market price, i am so surprised to see how much it is now."
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"Overall, this is an outstanding camera for the price."
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"But for the price it dang well better."
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"I was gonna use the insurance money to buy another reliable S70.Alas!"
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Quality

Quality:
"I am actually a film lover, so digital cameras tend to disappoint me with the quality of there pictures."
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"This is the feature for I want to buy this camera but in Steve's preview is writen:One note of caution; the S80 has separate menu options for digital zoom in still and movie recording modes; be sure to disable digital zoom in movie mode to avoid degrading moving image quality."
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"The video quality is a great improvement and the mute really works."
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"The video is amazing - it's great you can take small videos, easy enough to email - or high quality video - better than any camcorder I've owned."
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"My only recommendation at this point is the Canon G7 if you want one of the best image quality point and shoots available."
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"The picture quality is very good, I also own the Canon i9900 printer and both the color and B&W prints are excellent with this."
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"the movies are great quality, I have a 42 inch plasma TV and the movies it produces are as sharp as from my camcorder (to be fair the camcorder is 5 years old, but still impressive video for such a small camera."
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Screen

Screen:
"It was in a protective camera case, but the pressure of my back against my backpack broke the display screen."
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"The view screen is large and very easily seen."
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"I enjoyed the long batter life and big screen but the flash was week and a lot of the photos I took in dark dance clubs were horrid."
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"Then a friend talked me into a Casio because of the longer battery life, big screen and he showed me the great photos he took with his."
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"It has a really nice screen and controls."
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"The S80 powers up quickly, and has a very nice rear LCD screen."
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Setting

Setting:
"Basically, very low light settings are compromised by this inablity to set the ISO at 400 and be confident that the pictures will have a low enough noise level to be usable."
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"Then when I go to take the photo, I miss the perfect moment because the setting is wrong."
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"The 32MB card that comes with the S80 is woefully inadequate considering that (a) you can only fit about 8 pictures at the 8 megapixel setting and (b) the card is extremely slow as compared to 133X speed cards."
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"Have no fear though, it does offer advanced settings that I have not actually been able to play with yet on my S80."
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"you will be amazed at how much manual settings this has."
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"Basically, very low light settings are compromised by this inablity to set the ISO at 400 and be confident that the pictures will have a low enough noise level to be usable."
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"The rotating dial on the back makes it easy to change settings, but it also easily slips a surprise setting change in on you if you arent attentive."
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"Then when I go to take the photo, I miss the perfect moment because the setting is wrong."
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Size

Size:
"The problem starts with its size."
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"I became pretty frustrated with the adavnced manual and its tiny size."
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"It is an excellent camera, I have used for several years and has allowed me to capture great photographs, is small and easy to carry not only at the time of any outflow but for trips and outings."
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"Pros:- lots of features- small enough to fit in your pocket- decent zoom- decent videoCons:- bad low-light performance- too slow for action shots (sports, etc."
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"So far the camera is pretty solid - no problems as all and I think the bigger size is easier to hold onto."
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"The video is amazing - it's great you can take small videos, easy enough to email - or high quality video - better than any camcorder I've owned."
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"It is very easy to use, takes great pictures, and is still small enough to carry everywhere, including underwater."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"My only complaints are the underwater housing does not allow you to use the manual focas feature and the canon underwater setting is totally useless in the Pacicic Northwest due to the water being green not blue."
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"I really wanted the underwater housing option for my S70, but since I wasn't 100% happy with that cam, I held off."
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"The underwater pictures (I took about 700) turned out great."
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"I took this camera on its first underwater adventure in Cabo and was surprised by how well it does underwater."
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"I would highly recommend this camera for underwater use with the Canon housing."
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"Plus, it is much easier cheaper to use underwater with special case (I dive - it works great)."
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Video

Video:
"This is the feature for I want to buy this camera but in Steve's preview is writen:One note of caution; the S80 has separate menu options for digital zoom in still and movie recording modes; be sure to disable digital zoom in movie mode to avoid degrading moving image quality."
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"Good video too."
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"Video is adequate."
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"I was supposed to buy a dslr but i wanted a camera that can capture videos..so I opted to find the next best thing... CANON S80!"
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"The video quality is a great improvement and the mute really works."
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"The video is amazing - it's great you can take small videos, easy enough to email - or high quality video - better than any camcorder I've owned."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zoom is decent, but not outstanding."
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"Right before my year warranty was up, the door for the compact flash card broke off and the zoom was sticking at times - but they couldn't duplicate the stick so they just fixed the door."
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"Zoom is restricted, and there are some corner problems when the lens is wide."
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"This is the feature for I want to buy this camera but in Steve's preview is writen:One note of caution; the S80 has separate menu options for digital zoom in still and movie recording modes; be sure to disable digital zoom in movie mode to avoid degrading moving image quality."
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"CONS:(The cons will need less explaining)-I would have liked the Macro setting to be a little closer than 4 CM.-The camera offers digital zoom (which virtually all digital cameras offer unfortunately).-The lens is surprisingly noisy on camera startup and when you change the zoom."
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"Oh, and something that I was concerned about because I couldn't find information about it online was whether or not I would be able to use the optical zoom and flash easily underwater."
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"Pros:- lots of features- small enough to fit in your pocket- decent zoom- decent videoCons:- bad low-light performance- too slow for action shots (sports, etc."
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"I love this camera - it is the perfect point and shoot - wide angle photography with terrific zoom."
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"The 28mm zoom feature is great which lets you get so much more in your picture."
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"I am about to purchase Canon S80 but I need to know one (for me) key paremeter: How are you satisfied with digital zoom in video mode?"
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"The 28mm to 90mm zoom handles most situations and the 8 megapixel resolution is outstanding."
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