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Canon Powershot S80 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Canon definitely stopped using the CompactFlash memory cards (compact cameras) starting with the PowerShot S80. For most users this is not a problem, only if you want to use the Canon S80 as an additional camera to your reflex, it might be annoying having to purchase two different memory cards. Thankfully Secure Digital (SD) memory cards are available everywhere for approximately the same price as the CompactFlash. And SD card are available with high capacities and high speeds, if you feel the need for them. The NB-2HL Lithium Ion battery used for the Canon PowerShot S80 is also used for other Canon models which is still a good thing from Canon.
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SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
Currently when using an SD card for a camera test, I keep using an especially convenient memory card; the SanDisk Ultra II Plus memory card. This card, with the same standard size of a normal SD card, features a unique function: taking the card out of the camera and literally bending it in the middle frees a USB interface. This way you can insert the card directly in a free USB port and get access to the captured photos and videos. No cables or card readers required, not even the camera is needed anymore! That is to say; after you have taken the pictures of courseā€¦

Considering 512MB storage capacity:
JPEG - large - 3264 x 2448 pixels - superfine - 139 images
JPEG - large - 3264 x 2448 pixels - fine - 231 images
JPEG - large - 3264 x 2448 pixels - normal - 479 images
JPEG - medium1 - 2592x1944 pixels - superfine - 190 images
JPEG - medium1 - 2592x1944 pixels - fine - 339 images
JPEG - medium1 - 2592x1944 pixels - normal - 671 images
JPEG - medium2 - 2048x1536 pixels - superfine - 295 images
JPEG - medium2 - 2048x1536 pixels - fine - 529 images
JPEG - medium2 - 2048x1536 pixels - normal - 1041 images
JPEG - medium3 - 1600x1200 pixels - superfine - 471 images
JPEG - medium3 - 1600x1200 pixels - fine - 839 images
JPEG - medium3 - 1600x1200 pixels - normal - 1590 images
JPEG - small - 640x480 pixels - superfine - 1777 images
JPEG - small - 640x480 pixels - fine - 2747 images
Movie - 1024x768 pixels - 15 f/s - 4 min 9 sec
Movie - 640x480 pixels - 30 f/s - 4 min 9 sec
Movie - 640x480 pixels - 15 f/s - 8 min 14 sec
Movie - 320x240 pixels - 30 f/s - 11 min 42 sec
Movie - 320x240 pixels - 15 f/s - 22 min 53 sec
Movie - 160x120 pixels - 15 f/s - 55 min 57 sec
Canon S80 - Secure Digital memory card
The Canon PowerShot S80 is a speedy worker. Thanks to an excellent buffer and the DIGIC II processor, images are rapidly written on the memory card. A fast card certainly makes a difference but even the standard SD card, such as one of the blue series of SanDisk, works well. It is wise to purchase a fast memory card with a high capacity. The delivered 32MB memory card is rather useless. I'd recommend purchasing a 512MB memory card or even a larger one. It does make a difference that RAW format is missing otherwise a 1GB card would have been necessary.

Canon Powershot S80 - Lithium Ion battery
The Canon PowerShot S80 uses the same Lithium Ion battery as the PowerShot S70 and the EOS 350D digital reflex camera. This offers many advantages. It's cheaper to produce them while their amount increases and Canon will have fewer parts in their storehouse. The user benefits from it because the battery will also fit in the next Canon camera that is getting purchased. It saves you from having to buy yet another battery. The battery has great stamina when fully loaded. If you spend your weekend elsewhere you don't really have to take the battery charger or an extra battery with you. Canon claims a capacity of about 300 images for a fully loaded battery but in practice with less ideal circumstances (temperature and use) I was able to make approximately 200 to 220 images with a fully loaded battery.
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