Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Announced Feb 21, 2006 •
6 megapixels | 2 screen | 36 – 432 mm (12×)
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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e_dawg
 
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Overall, this is a good "bridge" camera like the Fuji S5200 & 6000. The 12x optical zoom (35-43 mm @ 35 mm equiv) in a relatively compact package (definitely smaller than the Fujis) is its claim to fame and saving grace. The IS works quite well, otherwise you wouldn't be able to use it at the long end without significant motion blur from camera shake. Manual features like Aperture and Shutter priority are very useful, as is flash exposure compensation, which isn't always found on P&S models. ...

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