Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Announced Feb 21, 2006 •
6 megapixels | 2 screen | 36 – 432 mm (12×)
TimmyT
 
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I purchased the S3 IS a few months ago. The price was very reasonable. My last camera was a Canon A75 and I wanted a camera with more capabilities without having to spend a fortune. With accessories ; lens conversion adapter(LA-DC58E), wide converter lens(WC-DC58A), telephoto lens(TC-DC58B), macro lens(500-D 58mm), basic filter kit(Tiffen photo essentials filter kit), I spent around seven hundred dollars(including the S3 IS). Everything about this camera has impressed me when I compare it to ...

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raywes
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Awesome camera. Lots of setings, fits comfortably in your hand and the 12 x with IS zoom cannot be beat. Even the digital zoom is usable in good light up to about 22x. Noise at higher ISO's is tolerable for a 6 MP cam. Battery life will get you over 1000 pics on a set of NIMH AA 2700 batteries. Get this cam while it last you won't regret it. I have taken bearly 5000 pics so far and most are usable. I recently purchased an sx10 with the 20x zoom, and went back to the s3 as my workhorse ...

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Shaweesh
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Not the best camera I have owned but, for the money, it can do an awful lot quite well. I wish those people who complain about the loose lens cap would realise that it is a deliberate misfit. Don't want to jamb that fine lens by mistakenly leaving it on, do we? The IS is very good. I made a fine picture of a street at night using 1/4 sec. at f2.7 and leaning on a post. Problems: Why the DC connection is non-standard I don't know. I have a unit with multiple fittings non of which fit the S3. ...

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mjsneddon
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I just recently purchased my S3. It appeared to me that the difference between the S3 and S5 are not huge and I decided to take advantage of the falling price of the S3. My purpose in buying this camera was to have something that fit between my SLRs (20D & 5D) and my Pansonic LX2. I have had the camera for about a week now and have taken approximately 300 photos - nearly all of which were outside in good sunlight. For a point and shoot camera, it is fast - much faster than the Canon G5 I ...

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pbyk
 
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bought the camera in April 07 from local dealer lens/quality of picts is excellent - i shoot highest quality but camera has always been hard on nimh batteries - lucky to get 50 shots in excellent lighting - this weekend the batteries died and fresh charged nimh would not start camera - nor would fresh alkalines always blamed it on batteries/charger dealer has sent same back to Canon image count to date when it failed IMG_0743.JPG thus i have to rate it as bad value for money camera was ...

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HMC
 
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My first digital was an A520. After shooting w/ film for years, I was not keen on digital. I was incorrect. I then purchased an xTi DSLR. (Gold Standard for DSLR entry level!!)Why then the S3 IS? Well, it is a fun little guy. It is a blast to use/zoom is wonderful. Noise is low at IS 400, and the photos are beautiful quality. Sure, the view is tiny, and after working w/ the DSLR for some things, not having the through the lens control is a bust. Nevertheless, this is a great little ...

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foto2007
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Canon S3IS is my 4th digicam I own after a Medion, Olympus 750 UZ and a Nikon D50. I have the Canon for about 4 months now and took some 2000 photo's so far. First about the good part : - Nice zoom capacity and zoom quality. At full tele compared to the Nikon D50 with Sigma DG 28-300 lens, the Canon produces better quality (!). - FAST ! This Canon is very fast: fast startup time and really rockin' speed from wide angle to full tele (it can make the difference between having your photo or not) ...

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Had the camera two months. Also have the S2, 16,000+ shots. Both are excellent. Over 400 shots on the S3. A few things different from S2. Most noticeable is easier focus. Problems: First S3 had EV problems 3 weeks out of the box. Returned it, got another S3 same day.

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Up until 4 months ago - all my photography was done using two film Canon A1's - had them from new. MY first digital camera was a Canon A75 - impulse buy - at HALF price. I decided on the S3 for a few reasons. 1. Good price (£200). 2. 6mp - wanted better than my A75 (3.2). After a week of use I find it a great little camera. I have small hands and I can imagine anyone with large hands may have problems with some of the controls. Having printed some 10x8's, I can say the quality if what I ...

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Driesp
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I bought my S3 on 6th Febr 2007.(5mths ago). I went to Cape Town recently for 10days and had the most wonderful time taking photos-mostly- from a moving car at 100-120kmh. The Focus rate was 99.9% and I had to delete only a few photos. This is an incredible camera and fast enough to satisfy any trigger happy photographer. I took more than 4000 shots in 10days! What a joy! I can certainly recommend this camera. Problems: Except for a Zoom button that got stuck, that had to be repaired, I ...

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