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Canon Powershot S2 IS 5MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 12x optical zoom; 1.8-inch vari-angle LCD display
  • Records VGA film at 30 frames per second with stereo sound; includes wind filter and adjustable levels for sound
  • MovieSnap feature allows you to capture a 5.0 MP still image while recording a movie; also features digital zoom and manual focus options for movies
  • Powered by four AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 9883A001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 5 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 12 x
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Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.1 x 3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009GZSSO
  • Item model number: 9883A001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,227 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at March 28, 2005

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Have it all in one ultracompact camera. The canon S2 IS's 5.0 megapixels of imaging power deliver stunning detail and clarity, even to oversized prints and the closest crop-ins. The impressively long 12x optical zoom is a feat of engineering, with Image Stabilizer (IS) technology that eliminates camera shake and a UD lens that provides brilliant color accuracy across the entire zoom range. The 4x digital zoom brings combined zooming power all the way to 48x for superb detail at sporting events, school concerts, and more.

The Canon S2 IS's Image Stabilization
The Canon S2 IS's powerful image stabilization compensates for camera shake.
Because great shots can happen any time
Now there's no need to interrupt your movie when you see a great shot. With the S2 IS's new MovieSnap feature, you can simply press the shutter to capture a full 5.0-megapixel still image at any time while recording a movie.

True motion pictures with high-end options
Wait until you see the difference that 30-frames-per-second VGA continuous movie recording makes in your films. You'll hear the difference, too: the S2 IS is equipped to record in stereo, with a high sampling rate, adjustable microphone level setting, and wind filter option for excellent sound quality. The camera even allows digital zooming and manual focus during movie recording.

Advanced imaging technology improves every photo
DIGIC II Image Processor
Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed and image quality, so the DIGIC II processor provides markedly faster camera startup, autofocus, and playback plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

iSAPS Technology
iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Fastest performance standard
PowerShot S2 IS supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so you'll enjoy the highest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 compatible computer. The camera's performance level is high enough to take full advantage of super-high-speed SD memory cards as well.

The Canon S2 IS's vari-angle LCD
Find just the right angle with the S2 IS's 1.8-inch vari-angle LCD display.
See it on the big screen
Bright and sharp, the camera's power-saving LCD monitor measures a full 1.8 inches with a stunning 115,000 pixel resolution. With it, you can view your scene before and after you shoot it with extraordinary clarity. And when you're shooting at dusk or at night, Night Display function lets you see the display clearly. It brightens the object by reducing the frame rate on the LCD screen.

A substantial lineup of available accessories
PowerShot S2 IS lets you add value and take your photography even further with optional accessories. Wide-angle converter and teleconverter lenses prepare you for capturing any shot perfectly, while a high-power flash doubles your flash range for pro-level illumination.

The complete print solutions

Canon Direct Printing Compatibility Chart
  Canon Direct Printers
Direct photo printers
For desktop large-format printing, try one of the direct photo printers, which allow you to print directly in one of two ways: plug the compatible PowerShot camera into the direct photo printer using the supplied cable, or simply insert a memory card with supplied adapter. You can also connect the printer to your computer for more options. Print high resolution borderless images in post card size or 8.5-by-11-inch size within minutes.

What's in the Box
PowerShot S2 IS body, neck strap NS-DC3, AA-size Alkaline batteries (x4), stereo video cable STV-250N, interface cable IFC-400PCU, SD memory card SDC-16MB, digital camera solution CD-ROM, and lens cap.

Product Description

Have it all in one ultra-compact camera. 5.0 Megapixels of imaging power deliver stunning detail and clarity, even to oversized prints and the closest crop-ins. The impressively long 12x Optical Zoom is a feat of engineering, with Image Stabilizer (IS) technology that eliminates camera shake and a UD lens that provides brilliant color accuracy across the entire zoom range. Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom Operation Modes - Auto, Red-Eye Reduction ON/OFF Auto; Creative zone - P, Av, Tv, M, C; Image zone - Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Night Snapshot), Stitch Assist, Movie, My Colors Photo Effects - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Self-Timer - Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec., approx. 10 sec. delay, Custom Image Storage Media - SD Memory Card Normal, Fine, SuperFine Still Image - Exif 2.2 (JPEG) Movie - AVI (Image data - Motion JPEG; Audio data - WAVE (Stereo)) Power - AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4), AA-size NiMH Battery (x4), Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 Dimensions - Width 4.45 x Height 3.07 x Depth 2.97 inches Weight - Approx. 14.3 ounces, 405 gram (camera body only)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Any other digital cameras that we had never were as good. It's a bit big and "chunky" bit worth it, the quality of pictures are awesome. Read more ›
I would suggest this camera that anyone might need. Weather or not video or camera shots it is great. Read more ›
Combine the camera's 12x zoom with a tripod and the results are great. Even without a tripod the IS works very well. Read more ›
The zoom is crazy! The image stablizer is wonderful. Could not be happier! Read more ›
I never leave home without it!! LOL It takes amazing photos....the colors are fantastic and it's very easy to use!! I just leave it on the "Auto" setting and each time the… Read more ›
Canon hit a home room when they designed this camera. I have taken it to Alaska 2 times on a vacation trip and the pictures were excellent. I used it in a helicopter ride… Read more ›
The zoom also makes it easy to take pictures of my son and my animals without…The macro function is just great, and the quality and crispness of the photos is incredible. Read more ›
I find I enjoy photographing birds--a tough…The controls are easy to operate, conveniently located, and pretty easy to figure out even without resorting to the manual. I… Read more ›
I use it to take family pictures and also my grandchildren's athletic and school events. The continuous shooting mode is great for getting action shots. The Zoom is enough… Read more ›
My review is simple, we preferred the S1IS 3-4 MP Digital Camera far better than the new & improved. The older model was easier to use and takes GREAT pictures. Should have… Read more ›
I also love the macro mode, I've…For most situations you can just stick it in auto mode and get great results, but the different scene modes are fun to play with as well. Read more ›
This is a full featured 5 megapixel camera at a decent price. My favorite features are the 12x zoom and image stableization-the movie mode is decent . Although It doesn't… Read more ›
The camera itself is excellent. The 12x optical zoom is nice to have, especially for outdoors use. You can find an excellent review of the camera and it features,… Read more ›
I have read several of the reviews on this camera and I agree that it is user friendly and…The zoom lens works wonderfully ..but no one has mentioned the shutter speed. I… Read more ›
I think just about everything that can be said about this camera has already been…It takes excellent photos with vibrant color, and of course the 12x zoom is wonderful. Read more ›
The 12x optical zoom is amazing. I can shoot in a variety of settings with confidence when I have this baby slung over my neck. Read more ›
Nice handling, precise pictures, impressing resources for the price. The 12x zoom is FANTASTIC. I almost kept it for myself... For sure the new S3 6MP delivers now an even… Read more ›
We have had a digital camera before but this gives us everything we need. The zoom is fantastic and so are the pics. Read more ›
I give this camera 3 stars because…It was very easy to use, extremely versatile, and it was a cinch to upload pictures to the computer and edit with the included software. Read more ›
great buy. it can produce better results than others that cost much more and is pretty easy to use and get used to. for the money spent- you cannot buy do need… Read more ›
Great for a newbie like myself. Easy to use and downloading pictures is a breeze! Read more ›
I bought this camera 2 years ago in July, when I first got it, it was great, and I loved it, very easy to use. Well as time past, it was still good. Read more ›
I got it refurbished, so I think the "black screen death"…The camera is easy to use, a little bulky for traveling/vacation purposes, the lens cover falls off all the time. Read more ›
It won't fit in your pocket but will go in a medium size camera bag. The menu and settings are super easy to use. I love the 12X zoom because I am a nature photographer and… Read more ›
Just remember to buy a 2 Gb card to videos, because it are hevies. The sound of videos is great. The only detail, it say that can take picture during filming. Read more ›
The video quality is good and the sound comes through very clear. Managed to edit good short videos in iMovie. Read more ›
Take it out of the box...put in batteries & card and start shooting! The video feature is pretty cool too. I have had this camera for over a year and have not had one lick… Read more ›
I worried a little bit about the size, I was used to the small Olympus that I could cram in my pocket while hiking but the quality of the…The videos have been great too. Read more ›
Love it. Oh, and the video is great too. Thanks Canon Read more ›
Cannon S2 IS scores alot over Kodak. The video is wonderful. You can make extensive use of Zoom. Read more ›
The stabilisation feature makes this a true gem. Go ahead and buy it from Amazon the price is very good. Read more ›
It is great. The price was great also. I looked in alot of different places for cameras and Amamzon had it all. Read more ›
I have purchased and used four digital cameras over the last 8 years. For the price, this is the best of the lot. The only downside is related to the zoom feature. Read more ›
I mostly use the automatic settings. For the price it is a great camera. I was also impressed with battery life. Read more ›
It fullfilled all my wants and needs, plus the pictures are awesome!!! The price was incredibly good too. (At Target they were asking for $100 more for the same product.) Read more ›
Price was reasonable, but the camera is too big to take along anywhere, the view finder is poorly located and practically useless (Try the Nikon DSCH1 or D50 to see what… Read more ›
I have bought this camera twice, once for my office and then for myself personally. It takes beautiful photos and the color is perfect. The zoom is great and that is one of… Read more ›
It feels good and comfortable in your hand and assists with the ease of taking great pictures! The My Colors feature is awesome and so much fun to use. I had bought a Fuji… Read more ›
The image stabilization works very well, and the pictures are clear and sharp. Color rendition is excellent. Some reviews have mentioned some chromatic aberrations… Read more ›
Oh it also has a side speaker which tech freaks like myself…Also the "My Colors" option is an amazing amount of fun, and the black and white / sepia effects are cool too! Read more ›
I took a walk this morning with my dog and took a few pictures of the building in my neighborhood. They turned out really great and the colors are so crisp. I haven't used… Read more ›
I also have a great deal of fun using the vivid setting, the color intensity settings (to make certain colors like blue or green pop in an image), the black and white, and… Read more ›
I have not had any problems with red eye. The focus is great just wait for the beep that it is focused and you are set. I just wanted to add my comments without too much… Read more ›
you even had a lighting problem. Also focus is great in low light too. Colors are true to life as well, no blue tones. Read more ›
When I aim the…Pressing the shutter button half way down, allowing the auto focus to work, sharpens the image a lot, but still not as sharp as I was used to with the Kodak. Read more ›
That is while initially it feels a…The spot focus was awesome and got it right all the time though the center-weighted made me do a few double takes from time to time. Read more ›
Battery life is very poor, but considering all it does, I don't mind at all. Autofocus is very fast, zoom is very fast, so it will eat up the battery. I am going to buy… Read more ›
Saved a ton buying a refurb. I see no reason to pay the extra for the next model up, this works great and actually focuses faster than the next model up. The only complaint… Read more ›
This is the first camera I have owned that really can produce spectacular digital results... and it's absurdly cheap for what it does. The lens is simply outstanding. Nothin… Read more ›
Good camara, with sufficient characteristics to take fotografias as a…Optical zoom lens 12X are good, and when combining it with digital zoom it gives good resolution. T… Read more ›
Has a little trouble with tricky lighting but all in all a great camera. Video records flawlessly....zoom lense is outstanding. Read more ›
But for me this is quite enough. And the lens is incredible. Think of this: a 12x crystal clear optical zoom -- In 35mm equivalent, that's a max focal length of 432 mm! Read more ›
This is a fantastic 5M model for the price. The lens is outrageously good (maybe even SLR pro quality). Basically if you have done your homework, this is the camera to get. Read more ›
As a stand-alone camera, the zoom range is fantastic, not quite as wide as I wanted, but that's…Image quality is fantastic w/ the IS turned on, and the lens is super fast. Read more ›
The lcd screen is pretty nice, love how you can extracted and twisted to fit your given situation when taking pics. Read more ›
The camera is compact with a lot of buttons close together but once i got comfortable…The adjustable screen is enables me to take difficult pictures with ease. Read more ›
It's survived…I also banged the back edge of the display (the hard part) into a metal railing, and while it left quite a dent, the actual display screen is still perfect. Read more ›
The auto-focus is better than other digital point & shoots that I've tried, creating depth of field similar…Its easy to hold, and the swiveling LCD screen is pretty neat. Read more ›
- LCD is decent size and is fairly bright, which means it's even visible outdoors in the daytime. Read more ›
I found myself forced to use the EVF 99% of the time and although…The H1 has a 2.5" LCD which is MUCH brighter and makes the Canon's seem absolutely tiny in comparison. T… Read more ›
The camera takes 4 AA batteries, but doesn't eat through them any faster than your average point…Considering the features this offers, I think the battery life is great. Read more ›
A must have for digital cameras. The battery life is excellent. Uses 4 AA's as opposed to a battery pack. Read more ›
I haven't yet. And the battery life is great. That is a huge plus in my book also! Read more ›
1. Battery life is excellent! Get NiMH rechargeable batteries and you will be able shoot hundreds of photos and power up and down numerous times on a single go! Read more ›
3) battery performance is pretty good with "single focus" and "shoot only IS". Read more ›
I very much like the LCD screen that folds shut so I don't worry about scrathing it. I thought the battery life was good- and I was using the camera many hours a day. Read more ›
Sometimes the photos are soft but mostly acceptable. The flash is really strong. Read more ›
-Flash is good but sometimes a bit too much. You can adjust the flash to three settings in manual mode (low, med, high) but I just really don't like this cameras flash much. Read more ›
The zoom works great (12x - equivalent to over 400 zoom in a 35mm camera). The flash works great. You really do need to read the manual to get the best results. Read more ›
I'd like to have some higher sensibility for night timte photography without the flash (the flash is good for most of my snapshots, even as a fill flash in sunny conditions… Read more ›
You can take pictures during the video at full res, but they…- Flash is nicer and less pathetic than the ones in small cameras like Digital elphs, when you have to use it. Read more ›
This was off-putting but I decided I could live with it as I don't do much photography that requires higher power than than…And the built in flash is reasonably powerful. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,615 of 1,635 people found the following review helpful By Jim Krupnik on July 1, 2005
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This is a tough review to write, as it could take far more space than alotted. Here is the short version...

Some brands of digicams sport German or other Euro lenses. Some will no doubt argue, but after 35 years of being an active photographer, and a tech type of person, I feel that nobody makes high end lenses better than Canon makes them, and nobody makes more lenses that qualify as high end than Canon either.

The lens mounted on the S2 IS is the best of it's class. Even compared to quality SLR zoom lenses, it is a premium product. The camera is not a pocket cam, and does not pretend to replace one. Then again, it can do what no pocket cam can ever dream of, and can compete heads up with most digital SLR's in the hands of most people who buy a digital SLR. Truth is, most people who spend the bucks on a digital SLR would get far more from the purchase of an S2 IS.

The 5mp sensor produces 8x10 prints that rival 35mm quality. The VGA movie mode is simply awesome, and the DIGIC II chip is the same one that powers top of the line SLR's, which means outstanding speed from startup to shutdown. The selection of modes on this camera is incredible, yet it is easy to make a quick shot that looks great no matter what the situation. The continuous shot speed of 2.4 FPS is plenty when you consider that it isn't a burst mode. If you have a 1 gig memory card plugged in, it will shoot at the top speed until the card is full (around 600 pics at max resolution). The intervalometer function is a real treat, as you can shoot time lapse pics with a press of a button, and you have full control of how often the shutter trips, and for how long.

A 1 gig memory card will give you just over eight minutes of VGA movie time with high quality stereo sound.
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789 of 812 people found the following review helpful By Matthew W. Bovee on June 6, 2005
[Follow-up to the follow-up below] - I've had this camera for a long time now, and it still delights, still generates envious compliments from people viewing the photos or sporting competitor's cameras. Have used it to capture long-range zooms of our backyard denizens (marmots, rabbits, cardinals, skunks...), super macro close ups of flowers and insects, long range action stop-action shots of the kids in sports, rainbows in the mist at Niagra [hard to get in focus, but this will do it w/a little quick trial and error], and even high detail shots of aircraft at airshows. I handed it to my 16 year old son to try out, and challenged him to get a closeup of a helicopter in flight, and in 3 tries and about 2 minutes he had it figured out. Takes a bit of skill to be able to pan and get a good shot of a fighter jet firing afterburners as they cut past, but I've done it. And, the image stabilization is so good, you can even see the detailed thrust patterns in the jet flame. You can get a 2 GB high speed SD card cheap, and the camera is now inexpensive as well as easy to learn. It's possible, but difficult, to beat the combination of optical lens size and quality, 12x optical and 4x digital zoom, intuitive ease of use, at such a low price. A keeper!

[Follow-up to the review below, after over 18 months of use]: Still delighted with this gem. Used a 1GB SandDisk Ultra II SD card for about a year, and when prices dropped I bought a 2GB off brand card to enable taking more videos too, before running out of space prior to downloading. Not too many complaints: it's battery-thirsty as noted below. Solved that with two sets of rechargables and a cheap recharger for about $20 total.
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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Jerry the Rare on November 13, 2006
I bought the Canon PowerShot S2 IS about a year ago, and have taken about 2,500 photos and about 15 video clips with it. Overall, I am very happy with it, and if I were buying a new camera today, I probably would get the S2 or S3.

Things I like about the S2:

* Extended zoom (12x). I use it often.

* Image stabilization. Particularly helpful when using a high zoom factor, or when shooting in low light with a low ISO setting. It makes handheld shots at slow shutter speeds possible.

* Electronic viewfinder means "what you see is what you get", just like an SLR. While not as sharp as an optical viewfinder, the ability to frame the picture without worrying about parallax more than makes up for it. In fact, one advantage over an SLR is that there is no mirror for it to move out of the way, therefore there is no mirror noise when taking a picture; if you turn off the electronic sound effects, it is very quiet indeed (although not completely silent).

* The screen moves and rotates. I like that it can be closed (turned in toward the camera) and thus protected from scratches. I have used it folded out and rotated forward in order to see myself in a self-timer photo. I have used it to take "clandestine" pictures--holding the camera down near my waist, I can still see the screen if I rotate it towards me. I have also used it to take pictures while holding the camera above my head--above a crowd, for instance, or over a wall.

* Multiple-picture mode. Similar to a motor drive in film cameras, this allows me to take several pictures in quick succession by holding down the shutter release button--about 2 pictures per second. And unlike some cameras, the only limit to the number of pictures is the amount of available memory.
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