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Canon PowerShot S70
Canon PowerShot S70

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Canon PowerShot S70

Editor's Review

The Canon PowerShot S70 sports 7-megapixel resolution and a compact black body. Released on the heels of the 5-megapixel PowerShot S60, the S70 is basically identical to its predecessor with the notable exception of its 7-megapixel image sensor. With a compact body, sliding lens cover, and wide-angle 28-100mm lens, the S70 makes a great take-anywhere camera. Like the S60, the S70 features an underwater mode that will appeal to divers and snorkelers (waterproof case sold separately).


  • 7.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3.6x optical zoom/4.1x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2004

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Canon PowerShot S70 Reviews

Canon PowerShot S70 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very, very nice (Don — 05/29/2007)

I am not a professional photographer but I played with photography in the 80's and this camera of course does everything I wanted my camera to do back then. I can't find fault with a single item.
That is not to say that someone who is well versed in the newest technology won't find some fault.
I have used it for family outings and ebay selling and this camera will suit me very well for many years to come.
No confusion in any of the controls and very, very nice image quality compared to my 5 lb camera of old. The features for a camera of this price are well done. Shutter speed is obvious, but it's just enough to experiment.
Canon really does have this camera thing down. I recommend you buy it without reservation if you're thinking of one.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not good with indoor pictures (Diyar Barzanji — 05/05/2007)

I had this camera for almost two years and I am not satisfied at all with the indoor shots taken with its automatic settings, especially when flash is required. Aweful

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon Powershot S70 (paul gallagher — 10/22/2006)

I work in a camera shop and test every and I mean
every new model that comes into the shop.

I have yet to find a compact that matches the S70
and that includes the new S80. Pictures are superb
tonality of print unsurpassed I just love it to bits. I dont want to get into the techno blah blah
re this camera (and I can when required) I just want to say this camera is amazing. I collect cameras and have over 250 dating from early 1900s
and currently this camera goes everywhere with me.
I work on the principle of simplicity, most output
for least input and convenience and this camera
scores on all points. It has its minor faults
but they are insignificant to its merits. I use
a Nikon D200 as my SLR and the S70 on occasions
produces better shots than this spectacular SLR>

Canon S70 is a beauty and I believe will become a classic in the future.

  • 5.0 out of 5

This has got to be the best and most versatile camera for the non-pro photographer. Easy to use, many functions. The best digital camera I have owned. I accidentally dropped the camera and broke it but good. Canon repaired it at no charge. THAT is customer service. I will be a Canon advocate for life.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect for the novice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was given this camera as a gift. I didn't realize how easy it was to operate it. It has plenty of features if you want to "play around". No matter what, it takes excellent quality photos. I recommend it to anyone. It's not the cheapest one out there, but for the money, I would have to say the best.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Most of the time it takes great pictures! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have had trouble with the flash, stopped working had to send in for repairs after 6 months. Works okay....would not buy again...

  • 3.0 out of 5
not impressed with the focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

lots of lights and bells but very di ssapointed with the focus on this camera with what ever settings I use , the S70 replaced a 5MP Kodak . I thought the name Cannon would hold up to good focus quality , but the cheap Kodak beats it everytime, where am I going wrong with this camera ? someone please advise me before it's sent back . CG.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for a year now. I still am as happy with it as I was when I first bought it. First of all - it is very easy to use. This was my first digital camera and I had NO problems what so ever. The pictures are incredibly vivid in color. When I show my pictures to people, the first thing they ask is what kind of camera I have and they comment on the perfect quality of the pictures. The camera isn't as small as some of them out there, but small enough for me to toss in my purse on the way out the door. I do not have a case for it and I have never had a problem with it scratching, even when it is in my purse all day with all my other items. It does have a movie mode, but I have only used that once. It is pretty neat if you want to catch something and you don't have your camcorder on hand. The zoom on this camera works beautifully. After you take the picture and you view it, you can zoom in and keep zooming in to catch the tiniest details of someones face and it doesn't get blurry.
It does come with a tiny Compact Flash Card. I bought a large one when I purchased the camera because the one it comes with only holds a handful of pictures. The battery pack charges quickly and easily - it just plugs into an outlet.
I have since received a new Sony digital camera as a gift about 6 months ago, but I still continue to use my Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
durable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've dropped this camera several time, and while it is a little dinged up, it still works great. Had lots of fun with the movie part. It's compact and easy to carry. I live in Costa Rica and I've taken fantastic pics of the wildlife. The pictures blow up great, very professional looking.
While it was a little too pricey when I bought it several years ago, the prices now make it well worth it.
The only thing I don't like is that you need to buy a high capacity memory card because the one that comes with it is useless.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pocket size pro level digicam (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera as a supplement to my Nikon D70. I needed a camera with manual override and this one filled the bill.

The camera does it batteries so make sure you have at least one backup on hand. Bright sunny days makes for difficulty in seeing the LCD screen and making manual control adjustments. Lastly, the lens cover switch is very senitive. I have missed opportunies because I placed to much pressure on the cover.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures providing that my hand is on it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Best I ever had
easy to use
fitts any pocket
the price - excellent

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best choice for its size & features (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the S70 for its manual/automated features, resolution, and small size, and it hasn't disappointed me. I've used older digital cameras up to 5 Megapixals, and the jump from 5 to 7 megapixals is worth the extra cost if you intend to print 8x10 or larger. Its feature set for a camera so compact is amazing, far more than anyone will need. I've been using it for six months, and it is always with me, except for the time I lost it. I bought another, and noted a slight improvement in the detent holding the cover open. The lost camera was too easily shut down by the slightest accidental pressure closing the cover. The new one requires much more deliberate effort to move the cover, so no more lost picture opportunities. I have two other slight gripes: a tendancy to over expose; so I manually set the exposure at -1/3. A second gripe is that the color intensity is less than other Canon digital cameras I've seen. But again, there is an on-camera "Vivid" setting which I leave on. All-in-all, I don't see a better combination of quality, features, and pocketable size on the market. I would buy another if I lost it again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
GOOD CAMERA, BUT..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use this camera professionally. I shoot mostly cars for auto dealerships and this camera gives pretty good performance overall. It's manual mode and metering capability make it especially useful. The wide angle lens works very well when I am shoot the interior of cars. As with all small cameras, the flash is weak and there is no allowance for a hot shoe of any kind that I can find. I shoot off of a tripod often, but like some others, I don't like the way the battery compartment works. There are times when I am shooting an action sequence, or must reach for a certain shot and the battery compartment door tries to open, shutting the camera down right in the middle of it all. Dang I hate that. Also, this camera takes WAY to long to put into action.

As an aside, this camera takes REAL good pictures. Some of my work shot with this camera has made it into my portfolio, which is usually reserved for my SLR stuff. This is a rugged camera and I have not had any problems with it. Be sure and get a 1 gig mem card and an extra battery or two because the supplied card is a joke and this camera likes to eat the juice! Out of all the compacts on the market, I could have bought any camera, but this is the one I chose and I am glad that I did.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love Canon - always (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had an S50 and since I gave that to my aunt I bought an S70 and I'm happy. I was happy with the S50 but the S70 is much better.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not the quality I expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned a S60 for 3 months and was very happy. Unfortunately I lost it. Bought a new S70 which worked for three days. Suddenly just acted very slow and with funky sound. Didn't store images. Gave error message E26. From Canon I expect better quality. Will hopefully get a fully functional replacement with priority shipment.

  • 4.0 out of 5
High Resolution , low Noise , so-so Flash (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For me the S-70 is the perfect Camera.
I knew its shortcomings and strong points well before buying it.

I was looking for a Compact camera that I could carry everywhere I went without looking like a paparazzi. A 28mm (35mm wise) wide lens was another must, since I mainly wanted the camera for party's, birthdays, and holidays.
I didn't need or like a superzoom lens. All my pictures shot in the previous year were shot with an F4 with a 35-70 f:2.8 nikkor attached, so the 28 - 100 was more than enough for me.

What really made me buy the camera though was the High resolution pictures I stabled all over the net when examining pictures taken with the camera.

add the RAW option, full manual, shiftable program, along with Shutter priority, Aperture priority, program, and full auto, spot metering, Autoexposure lock, custom white balance among others.

The minor problems I spotted with this beauty are …

Autofocus on the telephoto end in low light is so so, unless your subject has strong detail to focus on, and even then when the light is low, even with the autofocus assist beam the camera struggles.

Flash not well controlled for subjects near the camera, and is useless for macro, creating a hot spot in the center of the picture.

But the camera is Perfect for the job I need it.
When I load the pictures in Photoshop , and apply unsharp mask with .3 radius and 300 percent the detail I see is amazing.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This camera is worth your cash! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was very much confused at first which camera to get, which megapixel, what color, is it worth the money? Yes, I was definitely very much satisfied when I acquired the Canon PowerShot S70. I was already sick and tired of the normal silver look cause this took out the professional look of the object and its too common. As you can notice, the higher end cameras of Canon and other brands always have a black finish. The black is absolutely eye catching and it gives this sophisticated look unlike other cameras which immediately gives the crowd that it's just an ordinary camera. The image quality is just amazing and having a 7.1 is very much convenient in taking sharp pictures. So far, I've been taking loads of pictures but I would suggest you people to acquire a high capacity memory card as soon as you get this camera, if so probably a 256mb or 512mb would be good enough. Don't listen to those other reviews because this people are just too much for finding slight negative problems with the camera. I thought at first that I had made a mistake in getting this camera but rather just get the Digital Ixus 700, sleek and stylish, but very fragile. For heavy duty uses, I wouldn't suggest you to get it because there are too much purple fringing on the sides, zoom and flash is weak. The problem that was fixed was the video (640x480) wasn't limited to 30 secs. but extended until the whole memory card was full. :)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures if it doesn't break down. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera took wonderful pictures but after less than 2 months of use the slide cover would not slide, the lens would not retract and it was completely useless. Luckily we purchased the replacement insurance and got a different camera. We should have learned our lesson with the S50. We had the Canon S50 for about 18 months and the same thing happened with the slide cover and lens but we did not purchase the replacement insurance. The repairs would have cost us $275.00 so we opted to buy a new camera. I have had a Canon AE1 35mm for 30 year's and have never had any problems with it. Certainly hope Canon will build s similar digital camera that will match the history of quality

  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery door/ flash (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The battery door opens too easy and I have concern that it could be damaged or screwed up. A better closure is needed...Flash is weak, always a problem with small cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Love the pictures..very detailed. Look like you're actually there...the flash could be little bit stronger..but then again I just got the camera there probably is a way to fix the lighting

  • 5.0 out of 5
S70 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera replaces my recent S50. Noted improvements in controls.

  • 4.0 out of 5
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I bought this as a backup for my Nikon D100. Most of my photos are back-country winter landscapes, and full daylight images are nearly as satisfactory as those produced by the SLR. In my view, however, there are some troubling flaws. (1) White balance settings/color temperature, especially in overcast conditions are disappointingly inaccurate. Absent using the custom white-balance setting (which only partially corrects the problem), snow has either a reddish cast or a bluish cast. This is easily corrected if one shoots in RAW and adjusts the color temperature by 500 to 1000 degreesK or (better) uses the white color sampling tool in Photoshop > adjustments > levels. But, the problem is annoying, nonetheless, most especially because it would seem to be easily corrected by tweaking the color temperature in the white balance firmware. (2) The manual focus is very poor. The LED inset window used for focusing is so grainy and so dark that it is very difficult to know when the subject is in focus, and the autofocus assist to manual focus simply does not work well. After taking dozens of test shots, I have yet to get as sharp a focus using either the manual focus or the manual focus / autofocus assist as I get simply using the autofocus. (3) Ergonomic flaws. The lens cover extends too far to the right when open. The placement of the manual focus (MF) button is mounted on the left side side of the camera. When the MF button is pressed, the user must necessarily steady the camera with support on the right side. Unless the user is very careful (AND, not wearing gloves), the right hand touches the lens cover and shuts the camera off. Another flaw is the placement of the upper and lower indicator lights. They are mounted so close to the viewfinder that one cannot tell which one is blinking. The upper blinks orange to indicate slow shutter speed and the risk of camera shake; the lower blinks yellow to indicate focusing difficulty, but with one's eye at the viewfinder, the lights are detected by peripheral vision, which has poor color discrimination (relative poverty of color-sensitive cone cells). (4) The wide-angle capability of the S70 is an appealing feature, and fully met my expectations for the landscapes I shoot. I anticipated the trade-off in telephoto capability, but I did not anticipate how quickly the speed of the lens declines as one zooms in. It cranks from f2.8 to f5.3 very quickly, and the range of ISO settings (50-400) is not sufficient to compensate. This is especially difficult in manual mode, which for some unexplained reason, does not include an EV compensation option. Nor does manual mode have a flash EV compensation adjustment. When using flash in manual mode one can only adjust the flash output intensity (1/3, 2/3, or full intensity), and I invariably find that my manual flash images are either too dark (2/3 intensity) or the highlights are burned (full intensity).