Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Announced Feb 21, 2006 •
6 megapixels | 2 screen | 36 – 432 mm (12×)
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Good shots out of the box, good value for money, has far more features than most of us need Problems: Bought the Canon S3 IS after my IXUS 400 quit just after the warranty expired (it showed onthe screen the dreadful E10 failure) and my IXUS 500's flash began producing big purple stained pictures (in the 3rd quadrant of each frame) also just after the warranty expired. Got the Canon wide angle lens & converter, too, as I love the 28mm equivalent. I regret my choice. The bulky converter ...

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Good if you need an ultrazoom. But do you need it? I decided for S3 IS after two months search for a all-in-one light camera with as much manual control as possible, AA batteries and not a full DSLR, so I can not spend more money on the lenses. Other cameras I considered were Panasonic FZ-50, LX-2 and Sony DSC-H5. D50 and Canon 300+ were out of my budget and too heavy as well. Previously I used Sony DSC-V1 and W5 compacts and analog SLR cameras. At first I was seriously disappointed by the ...

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tjwilson
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Months after I purchased this camera and thousands of pictures later I can still say this is a terrific little camera and I'm glad I bought it. It is an excellent all round camera for amateur, hobby and casual photographers with a much better quality lens than your typical point and shoot camera. Small, light, easy to carry, amazing battery life (4 AA batteries easy to find anywhere in the world) with no compromise on image quality, the S3 is ideal as a travel camera. I purchased the ...

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mrkiko
 
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12x zoom is good, hovewer i rarely use it. 6MP are okay, this means you can keep it at maximum without eating up to much space on the card, on your hard disk on your cd/dvds. Image is okay, zoom is okay, all the features are okay. Unfortunately is not usable. Problems: Is a cheep plastic toy. In the pictures it seems a professional object, but whey you unpack it you immediatley realise that is cheep. Maybe i have this feeling because i own the PRO1 either. I unfairly make a direct comparison ...

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Khingcat
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I'm a beginner on photography and after read the review on this site and finally I took a decision to buy my S3 IS about a week ago, and I'm very satisfied with its capabilities. An awesome digicam. It has a lot of features thatvery useful. It is my leap for my next first DSLR, because I learn so much photography technique that I got from photography forum like this. At first time I have to get used with its features, but after a week, I can use it well. My friends amazed with its swivel ...

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ernet
 
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I had S2, than Sony H-2 and now S3. The camera is great but... Problems: .... very srious "bug " for me . See my post at Canon Forum called " H3 disappointment EC vs Histogram " of ernet 9:22:17 PM, Thursday, January 04, 2007

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d2f
 
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Purchased the S3 camera on impulse over the Canon A630 while at Office Depot, for $320 (20% off - after Xmas sale) with a Dane-Elec 2 GB SD card (only $25 after rebate). My family shooting requirements were wide optical range, image stablilization, flexiability, small shutter lag, high quality movie capability, lightweight and small in size relative to a DSLR. Also it had to be simple enough for my wife to use. The A630 was the front runner going into Office Depot, but the S3 at the sale ...

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Hello, I'm very proud of this new camera and I'd like to buy additional lens and filters. I've seen on eBay different Opteka offerings (47st Photo) and I'd like your opinions on those 3.2x tele and 0.45x wide HD2 (high def 2 models... mmmh, better than Canon's?) lenses. More: are the included filters (UV, polarised,...) useful? I mean, I always use them with a reflex, but do they give good results without darkening the basic lens or giving other drawbacks? I didn't want to spend a lot on ...

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James B2
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I owned this camera for only a few months but got some very decent shots with it Problems: The problem was, I could rarely be sure what shots I was about to get as both viewfinders were hopeless. I find using LCDs a bit awkward at the best of times but this one was so poor it made the problem much worse than usual. Normally this wouldn't have been too much of a problem for me as I am more than happy to use the provided eye-level alternative. This electronic one was very nearly unuseable ...

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After using the S3 for over 4 months (and 4000+ images) here are my thoughts on the camera. 1) If you are looking for a simple P&S, the S3 is probably not the camera for you. Everything works as it should in full auto mode, but putting the effort in to really learn what this camera is capable of in manual mode pays massive dividends. 2) Quite simply the best bangs for bucks camera on the market today. The feature set is awesome, Zoom is stunning and IQ is very good for this level of camera. 3 ...

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