Will hot shoe flash eliminate NOISE of indoor shots with Canon S5IS?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Ritter 197, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Ritter 197

    Ritter 197 Guest

    I see in the reviews always the comment how this camera does not perform
    well at higher ISO's and indoors with low light.

    Will a matching Canon hot shoe flash eliminate these problems? I like the
    camera except for above shortcomings.
    Ritter 197, Jun 19, 2008
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    Mike Guest

    My experience with a Canon D300 SLR (and some less than stellar lenses)
    shows that a good external flash can help tremendously. A flash will allow
    you to "stop down" (use a smaller aperture) by permitting a faster shutter
    speed. The downside to stopping down is that it's harder to seperate your
    subject with a blurred background. The upside is that it usually makes your
    pictures sharper because most lenses are sharpest when stopped down from
    thier max aperture. Also, the depth of field (range that will be "in
    focus") is greater. Additionally, flash is great for stopping a moving
    subject to avoid blur. And finally, you can shoot at ISO 50 or 100 with an
    external flash to really keep noise a non-factor.

    I would consider a point and shoot camera for when I don't want to haul my
    DSLR, but I would not by a P&S that didn't have a hot shoe on it. If you
    buy a flash, don't skimp. Get one that zooms, tilts ans swivels. Some of
    my best shots were taken with the flash "bounced" off the ceiling. Shadows
    and harshness are greatly reduced and the sharpness/contrast really seem to
    pop. Often, my shots with the flash facing forward have a cheap snapshot
    feel to them.

    Hope this helps.
    Mike, Jun 27, 2008
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    John S. Guest

    Yes, a good hot shoe flash will definitely help... as long as you
    don't mind using a flash... remember some times a flash is
    inappropriate and can't be used... I have a S5 and I never take it
    off ISO 80. If I'm indoors I always use the built in flash or a 430EX
    hot shoe flash... I really never use my S5 for natural lighting
    pictures indoors... for that I will get out my 40D...
    John S., Jun 30, 2008
  4. Ritter 197

    Ritter 197 Guest

    Thanks for the feedback. Very useful. Even though I am in the process of
    getting down to 1 camera from 4. Too much to carry around. Too heavy. So I
    will settle on the S5IS.

    I have better cameras now but they are all either bulkier or all heavier. I
    also have the same flash that you mention and that is also heavy, but I will
    of course keep it.
    Ritter 197, Jun 30, 2008
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    John S. Guest

    Same thing... I have a HUGE bag with my 40D and everything that goes
    along with it... some times it's nice just to grab the S5 and go! LOL!
    I use it mainly for outdoors, especially at the race track... does a
    fantastic job with the 12X zoom and the IS in "panning" mode...
    John S., Jun 30, 2008
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