Canon Powershot S3 IS reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.0 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.
Canon Powershot S3 IS: 6.2 MP (Megapixels), 12x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Simon, Cardiff,UK

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Superb built-in lens, equivalent to a 36mm to 432mm SLR lens with Canon's Image Stabilisation. Live histogram a real bonus, camera responds very fast and has full manual control if you need it. Uses AA batteries, forget alkaline and get NiMh rechargeables - A set of 2500mAH will last for over 600 shots! Stereo sound is superb quality and great for adding to slideshows and dvd presentations. Swivel live viewfinder display a real creative plus, camera controls feel good and very easy to use without resorting to the manual. Movie mode is the best available on a digital camera, macro and super macro modes also great to have!
Bad points:
Very noisy at ISO400 and even more so at ISO800 (although handy to have the options). LCD display and viewfinder LCD display not very high resolution, making manual focusing very difficult (though auto focus is excellent anyway). Best image quality at around f4.5, smaller aperture gives little noticeable improvement in depth of field and loses some sharpness. No indication of battery level until just about to go flat! Manual focusing a bit fiddly so rarely used. Video mode doesnt support PAL 25 or 50fps, only 30fps so will need some conversion for best quality. No widescreen on video, although available for photos.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Aug 2006

ROGER, LASKEY

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
optical zoom
Bad points:
screen could be brighter
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2006

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Everything about the camera is very good and exciting to use but the 12x optical zoom lens is exceptional.
The macro facility is also superb.
Bad points:
None. Minor points are the neck strap can get in the way of the swing out lcd screen and the flash hood is very easy to lift up by mistake when taking out of the camra bag.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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30 of 30 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2006

Ken, Conwy, North Wales

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The Canon S3 IS appears to have everything that could be expected in such a compact camera. The image stablizer is particularly effective,
enabling optical + digital zoom to be
used without a tripod in good light. Macro mode is another advanced feature. All very impressive!
Bad points:
Early days but no adverse comment so far.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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43 of 43 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Jun 2006

Jeff, Ashtead

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well built, excellent picture quality, very good camera
Bad points:
None really now that lens cap seems to stay on
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Aug 2006

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
1. Very good image quality staright out from the camera. Have to research on the custom settings like contrast, sharpness, saturation, RGB etc..
2. Powerful zoom lens with sharp results thru' out the zoom
3. Image stabization really works
4. Fast performance
5. Included Softwares are good
6. Turn and twist LCD is really useful in extream situations
7. Excellent movie mode with stereo sound and dedicated movie button
8. Seperate ISO button
9. Very quiet while zooming, thanks to Canon's USM
10. All the buttons/controls are well placed.
11. Excellent handgrip
Bad points:
1. Struggle to focus in low light conditions in the long end zoom
2. EVF is not much resoluted
3. In Auto/Program mode images are little overexposed in bright sunlight. Can be reduced in other manual modes.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Jul 2006

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
The lens cover is worse than useless, falls off too easily
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Sep 2006

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 2816x2112
Optical zoom ratio 12
Screen size (Inches) 2
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Media format SDXC Card
Media format MMC Card
Media format SD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 410
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3200
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 113.4x78x75.5
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.7-3.5
In-built memory (Megabytes) 16
Built-in flash Yes
Release date 2006-05-06
Height in mm 7.8
Width in mm 113.4
Depth in mm 7.6
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Battery Model AA, LR6, MN1500, KAA, LR6/M,AM-3, 4006, MIGNON/AM3
Zoom Type Optical + Digital
Autofocus Yes
Range Finder Type Optical/Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 432
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 36

Also known as: Canon Powershot S3IS, PowerShot S3 IS

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