Canon PowerShot S3 IS review

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Pascal S New Member • Posts: 5
Canon PowerShot S3 IS review

I chose this camera over the more recent S5 because I thought it offered me a better overall package for what I expect. Battery life, easy access to the memory card, even on a tripod, and fast burst mode were the main elements which decided me to get a used S3 rather than a brand new S5. Add to that the fact that I didn't see any point in getting 2 extra megapixels, and you may understand why the S3 ends up being a better buy as far as I am concerned.

The compatibility of this camera with the CHDK hack is a big bonus too. Thanks to its added features, I can shoot in RAW mode, admittedly a glaring omission from Canon for this model and its successor. As far as image quality goes, the pictures are a bit on the soft side, and any shot taken over ISO 200 is barely usable, but that's no surprise given the small size of the sensor. But the ease of use, the vari-angle LCD screen and the powerful zoom lens more than make up for these small limitations. The S3 is a FUN camera to take pictures with, and ultimately that's what counts.

In the end, as long as you don't expect DSLR quality from your shots, this is a very fine camera for many occasions. And did I mention it was FUN to use?


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Canon PowerShot S3 IS
6 megapixels • 2 screen • 36 – 432 mm (12×)
Announced: Feb 21, 2006
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