Canon Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot S3 IS

 
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Canon Powershot S3IS Digital camera Review

Type of Camera
Type of Camera Compact digital camera with built-in flash, 12x Optical / 4x Digital / 48x Combined Zoom
Image Capture Device
Type 6.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 6.2 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0 Megapixels
Lens
Focal Length 6.0-72.0mm f/2.7-3.5 (35mm film equivalent: 36-432mm)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (WIDE), 3.0 ft./90cm-infinity (TELE)
Macro: 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (WIDE)
Super Macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Viewfinders
Optical Viewfinder Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with variable-angle function
LCD Pixels Approx. 115,000 pixels
LCD Coverage 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/2.7 (W) - f/3.5 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/3200 sec. (settable in Tv or M)
Exposure Control
Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot** Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame
Exposure Control Method Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock is available
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
Flash
Built-in Flash Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash Off
Recycling Time 12 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto; Creative: P, Av, Tv, M, C; Image: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks,Indoor, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control Not available
Continuous Shooting High-speed: approx. 2.3 fps
Normal: approx. 1.5 fps
Image Storage
Storage Media SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Stereo))
JPEG Compression Mode Normal, Fine, SuperFine
Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 2), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 1), 2,816 x 2,112 (Large), 2,816 x 1,584 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/15 fps) / 320 x 240 (60 fps/30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB
Number of Recordable Images

Small/N Small/F

Small/s

F

Medium2/

N

Medium2/

F

Medium2/

SF

Medium1/

F

Medium1/

N

File size 84KB 150KB 249KB 278KB 558KB 1,002KB 556KB 1,116KB
SDC-16MB 127 80 52 46 24 13 24 12
SDC-128M 1,118 711 460 411 217 121 217 109
SDC-512MSH 4,317 2,747 1,777 1,590 839 471 839 425

Medium1/

SF

Large/

N

Large/

F

Large/

SF

WideScreen/

N

Widescren/

F

Widescreen/

SF

File size 2,002 KB 700KB 1,620KB 2,720KB 585KB 1,210KB 2,026KB
SDC-6MB 6 17 8 4 23 11 6
SDC-128M 61 156 75 45 205 101 60
SDC-512MSH 237 603 292 176 794 392 235

Time of Recordable Movies
Movie/Low Movie/Medium Movie/Fast frame rate Movie/high
File size 330KB/sec 660KB/sec 1,320KB/SEC 1,980KB/sec
SDC-16MB 40sec 20sec 10sec 6sec
SDC-128M 355sec 181sec 92sec 64sec
SDC-512MSH 1,373sec 702sec 359sec 249sec
Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Interfaces
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Stereo
Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Supply
Power Source Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x4)
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 110 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 550 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Playback Time Approx. 780 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 900 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.46 x 3.07 x 2.97 in. / 113.4 x 78.0 x 75.5mm
Weight Approx. 14.5 oz. / 410g

Reviews
 
Review by: kimmer
Lacation: Stockton,California
Type of Sport: Point and shoot cameras
Review Date: 04-14-2007
Cost Performace

S3 IS has most powerful zoom in a Canon digital compact camera. It bears the Powershot lens as same in the Canon’s professional EF lenses. It has impressive Ultra-sonic Motor which derives rapid and near silent zoom operation, an ultra-low Dispersion lens element significantly. You can get awesome pictures with excellent quality. It allows photographers at shutter speeds up to 3 stops for reliable flash-free photography in low light conditions.

 
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