Thursday, December 6, 2007

Extreme Close-ups with the Canon S5

In my previous post I mentioned the advantage of the Canon S5IS batteries: no waiting! Obviously the batteries are not the coolest feature of the Canon S5 IS digital camera. However, one of the coolest features is Super Macro Mode!

Closeups With The Canon S5
There are actually 2 close-up modes on the Canon S5, macro mode and super macro mode. With macro mode you can get within a few inches of an object and get a decent closeup. With super macro mode you can get REALLY close and get an impressive close-up photo. Super macro mode is a feature that clearly sets the Canon S5IS apart from other digital cameras like the G9 or G7. Dare I say it makes the S5IS better than the G9.

Extreme Closeups With The Cannon S5
Essentially with Canon S5 IS in Super Macro Mode you can get as close as you want to your subject. Your lens can literally be touching the subject. Can you do that with the SD powershots? I don’t think so. Here's a pic with the S5IS lens literally touching my monitor screen. Not only that, its super easy to use. Just put the S5IS in program mode and hold in the flower button on the side of the lens. Boom! Super macro mode. And just shoot like you normally do, just really close. Here's the typical flower closeup. The manual essentially glosses over macro mode and jumps right into super macro mode; probably because super macro mode on the Canon S5 is so cool! A lot cooler than Canon S5 batteries!