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Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 IS 6MP with 12x Image Stabilized Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
|Price:||$399.00 + $14.04 shipping|
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- Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline batteries supplied) , stores images on SD memory cards (16 MB card included)
- DIGIC II, iSAPS, and Flexizone AF/AE for fast, precise results , 2.3-frame-per-second continuous shooting performance
- 12x optical zoom lens with USM and UD lens element , 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD display
- 6.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
- 20 shooting modes and My Colors photo effects
- 6.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
- 12x optical zoom lens with USM and UD lens element; 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD display
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Camera Flash||BUILT IN FLASH|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully-articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||115,000|
|Display Size||2 inches|
|Display Technology||Digital light|
|Effective Still Resolution||6 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/MMC card|
|Flash Type||On the camera|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL, FlexiZone|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Included Components||Neck strap, 4AA Battery,Stereo video cable, Inter face cable, memory card and CD|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 2.99 x 4.45 inches|
|Item Display Weight||410 grams|
|Item Weight||1.12 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1 Watt Hour|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||1 Volt|
|Lithium Battery Weight||153 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||10 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.7 - F3.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||432 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/3200 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,816|
|Memory Slots Available||2 dimm|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||36 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/2.5|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 15/30 fps, 320 x 240 15/30/60 fps|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||2 in||3 in||1.8 in||3 in||3.2 in||5 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 4.45 x 3.07 in||3.28 x 4.37 x 3 in||2.99 x 4.45 x 3.07 in||3.15 x 4.09 x 2.72 in||4.15 x 4.85 x 3.01 in||4.43 x 1.74 x 3.01 in|
|Item Weight||1.12 lbs||0.94 lb||1.11 lbs||0.69 lb||—||0.83 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||5 megapixels||16 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 15/30 fps, 320 x 240 15/30/60 fps||1280 x 720||640 x 480, 15/30 fps with stereo audio, unlimited||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1080p|
|Viewfinder||LCD||fixed LCD||LCD||None||flexible LCD||optical viewfinder|
The sleek PowerShot S3 IS digital camera offers you high resolution, an extra-long zoom, advanced yet easy-to-use movie functions plus great new shooting options. Also, with Image Stabilizer technology, images and movies taken with the S3 IS are sharp and smooth, even when the camera gets jostled. It's everything you need to capture the fun, excitement and beauty of your active life wherever it takes you.
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The sleek PowerShot S3 IS digital camera offers you high resolution, an extra-long zoom, advanced yet easy-to-use movie functions plus great new shooting options. Also, with Image Stabilizer technology, images and movies taken with the S3 IS are sharp and smooth, even when the camera gets jostled. It's everything you need to capture the fun, excitement and beauty of your active life - wherever it takes you!
Successor to the popular PowerShot S2 IS, the latest addition to the PowerShot S-series incorporates a 6.0-megapixel CCD sensor, Canon's renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology, and video functionality rivalling that of dedicated digital video camcorders. Sporting a striking new finish in gunmetal grey, the compact PowerShot S3 IS answers the demands of advanced photographers with several improvements over its predecessor, including an increased sensitivity range of ISO 80 to ISO 800, a larger 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD screen, widescreen (16:9) recording, new movie features, and an additional Sports mode.
Canon PowerShot S3 IS features:
The PowerShot S3 IS caters for serious photo enthusiasts seeking extended zooming flexibility and fully featured movie recording in a versatile compact digital stills camera.
Still the most powerful zoom in a Canon digital compact camera (36 to 432mm, f2.7-f.3.5), the PowerShot S3 IS's lens incorporates the same leading technologies used in Canon's professional EF lenses. An Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) drives rapid and near-silent zoom operation; an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens element significantly reduces chromatic aberration in telephoto shots; Canon's optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology counteracts camera shake to reduce image blur when shooting stills or recording video, essential for handheld shots at longer focal lengths. IS allows photographers to shoot at shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower for reliable flash-free photography in low light conditions.
The PowerShot S3 IS's 12x optical zoom combines with digital zoom to deliver 48x magnification for recording both stills and video. For even wider framing options, optional wide and telephoto converter lenses extend the focal length from wide 27mm to super-tele 648mm (35mm film equivalent) for an impressive 24x optical zoom. A Super Macro mode and optional Close-Up lens 500D (58mm) allow for detailed macro photography. (Optional wide, telephoto, and close-up lenses not included--must be purchased separately.)
Increased ISO speed
In addition to Image Stabilization, the PowerShot S3 IS features a new High ISO Auto setting and ISO 800 to further extend the camera's low light shooting capabilities. High ISO Auto automatically sets exposure using the higher range of ISO sensitivities, enabling faster shutter speeds in low light and increased image stability at the telephoto end. A dedicated ISO button allows for easy switching between ISO sensitivities.
Powerful video functions make the PowerShot S3 IS far more than just a high-performance digital still camera. A dedicated movie button means users do not need to switch modes to start recording, so spontaneous moments can be instantly captured in full motion. Users can record smooth 30-frame-per-second VGA quality movies of up to 1 GB with stereo sound, or create 60-frame-per-second QVGA clips for sharp slow-motion playback. The Movie mode also allows users to pre-select exposure and white balance, zoom throughout the camera's focal range, and manually adjust focus while shooting. A Photo In Movie feature enables the capture of full resolution digital stills during video recording.
The PowerShot S3 IS offers 20 shooting modes including full Manual mode, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Speed Priority. Together with 2.3-frame-per-second continuous shooting, a new fast-shutter Sports mode with improved autofocus accuracy provides unprecedented capabilities for capturing action sports sequences. Special Scene modes--such as Night Snapshot and Snow--assist with tricky lighting conditions, while Color Accent and Color Swap modes enable dramatic color effects to be applied to both images and movies. Canon's My Colors photo effects have been enhanced for this model, and can now be applied to images both before and after shooting.
The PowerShot S3 IS features a new Widescreen mode (2816 x 1584 recording pixels) for capturing still images in 16:9 format--perfect for viewing images on widescreen television or printing wide (10 x 20-centimeter) photos with a Selphy Compact Photo Printer.
Printing and other features
A new, dedicated Print menu simplifies printing of multiple images. Full PictBridge support means users can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the need for a PC. New PictBridge features include the ability to print shooting data and optimize faces in portrait shots when connected to a compatible Canon PIXMA printer. The camera's ID photo and movie stills features are also available when connected to a Selphy CP Series Printer. A handy Print/Share button allows one-touch printing and easy uploads to Windows or Mac systems. (Printer not included--must be purchased separately.)
The camera's menu system now features support for Arabic, bringing the total number of supported languages to 23.
Canon technologies explained
Optical Image Stabilizer
Canon's lens-shift-type optical Image Stabilizer counteracts the camera shake caused by slight hand movements. Vibration sensors detect the angle and speed of movement and send this information to a processor, allowing the camera to compensate. This adds stability to hand-held, telephoto, or moving shots and enables shooting at shutter speeds of up to three stops slower with no noticeable increase in image blur.
Canon's purpose-built DIGIC II (DIGital Imaging Core) image processor links all primary camera functions for maximum efficiency. High-speed processing results in outstanding responsiveness, rapid autofocus, and extended continuous shooting ability. Advanced image processing algorithms deliver superb image detail and color reproduction with accurate white balance and minimal noise. DIGIC II operates efficiently to extend battery life, for longer shooting on a single charge.
iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) automatically optimizes key camera settings before every shot. Each scene is analyzed and cross-referenced against Photographic Space--a vast in-camera library of photographic data. This enables the camera to make optimal adjustments to autoexposure, autofocus, and auto white balance before image capture occurs.
Canon's 9-point AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Autofocus) automatically scans and selects subjects from a set of nine focusing areas across the scene. This ensures accurately focused images even when subjects are not in the centre of the frame.
FlexiZone AF/AE lets users manually select the focus point from almost any point in the frame by moving the autofocus window in the viewfinder. Exposure is linked to the focus point to ensure that the chosen subject is accurately focused and exposed.
Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens technology
No matter how well engineered, conventional optical glass lens elements cause chromatic aberrations which can 'soften' images and appear in photographs as fringing around the outside edge of subjects. Canon's Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass has special optical properties to successfully reduce these aberrations. Especially effective in super telephoto lenses, UD glass helps to deliver crisp, sharp, high-contrast images.
What's in the Box
PowerShot S3 IS body, AA-size alkaline battery (x 4), SD memory card SDC-16MB, lens cap, neck strap NS-DC4, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, stereo video cable STV-250N
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Image stabilization works very well and is essential with a 12x zoom, especially when shooting video or low light stills. Picture quality is just wonderful in both video and still picture modes. After buying the camera and a 2 gig SD card, I took a bus trip through 28 states visiting friends, shooting hundreds of photos and about 10 minutes of video. The results were great.
Photo stitching software comes with the camera and it is excellent. I had been concered about the very limited wide angle capablity, equivilent only to a 35mm lens on a 35mm camera. But by taking overlapping photos I got wonderful panoramas and group photos without the usual wide angle distortion and with more detail. While this works best with a tripod, with a little care you can shoot by hand and get excellent results.
The batteries are AA. Get a charger and NiMh rechargable batteries. The nice thing is, if your batteries die, you can get a set from the store [uses 4] in a pinch. I was able to shoot 10 minutes of video plus about 150 pix on the batteries that came with the camera. I could have done better, but I spent at least a couple of hours with the camera on, fooling with menus and settings and reviewing the photos and videos.
At best resolution and least compression, a 2Gig SD card will hold 715 photos or 15 minutes of best quality video. 4 Gig cards are available, and if you intend to shoot a lot of video, I would strongly recommend one. Also, the faster the card the better. Slow cards won't keep up with best quality video, and time between still shots will be longer. If the card doesn't advertise it's speed it isn't fast enough! Get 133x or 150x speed. This translates to 20mb or 22.5 mb per second. In theory the camera's single shot limit for video is one hour, but it's a non-issue as the 4 gig cards will only hold 30 minutes of best quality video.
Things I don't like: 8 gigs for an hour of video is way to high. MPEG2 DVD's will hold up to 4 hours in the same space. The view screen should be bigger in this class of camera. It's better than the previous model -two inch versus 1.8 inch- but it really needs to be larger...that said it's adequate for my old guy eyes, and if I had to give up the ability to adjust the screen to get a larger size I wouldn't. I would also like to set the zoom to a slower rate of zoom when shooting video. Rate of zoom is adjustable, by how far you move the lever, but the throw is too short to be precise.
Basically, if you can do without the camera fitting in your pocket you will be very hard pressed to do better than the Canon S3IS.
1. It uses alkaline AA batteries.
2. It's light.
3. It fits my hands like a glove. On a piano, I have about a 10-12 key stretch.
4. I'm techy enough so while a bit overwhelmed with all the options, I can handle them.
5. Loading from the camera to the computer is a snap!
6. The RCA jacks are a hoot, allowing displaying pictures on a t.v. easy and fun.
7. There are various instructions booklets for them and they're separate English and Spanish - not both. One set can be discarded!
8. I got some great shots for someone who just replaced her very good Nikon SLR for her first digital camera.
1. I only took about 15 pictures before the camera literally just died on me; it wouldn't power on for a third time. Of course, I tried a couple of different new sets of batteries and the originals should have been fine.
2. Is it black to cover the potentially flimsy plastic body? (The S2 - that I refused to buy - had "silvery-cheap" look and feel and the S3 seems like a stones throw away.)
3. Red-eye is pretty bad due to the low flash to the body and the software that comes with the camera, while having the option to "edit it out" puts human eyes in; this looks really creepy when your main subject matters are a dog and cat.
4. It is a bit heavy; be prepared.
I've looked for a couple of years for the right camera to replace my Nikon 35mm. The digital camera needed to be:
2. Produce good quality pictures (overall)
3. Have good reviews by users, not "editors." One never knows if a review by an editor is a paid advertisement in disguise.
4. Be easy enough for me to handle and to teach my partner, who's less of a techy to use.
5. Have image stabilization (the jury is still out on how real that is... got some fuzzies when I wasn't expecting it)
6. Have a very good optical zoom
It meets and exceeds most of those requirements. So, I'm asking for a replacement, rather than a refund. We'll see where this goes from here.
The replacement from Amazon came faster than a speeding bullet and worked at first shot (to my delight). I've used it to take pictures from the car as we passed unimportant things, just to see what it would do. At 40-45 miles an hour, it freezes signs so read them (one cannot tell they were shot while we were moving). The ISO setting is high, there's no blur. The camera is amazing and with the steady decrease in price, I highly recommend this to anyone with a glimmer of being able to adapt to lengthy and clear directions and who can handle the many features this camera has to offer.
12X optical zoom increases my versatility in shooting situations immeasurably.
The Image Stabilization system really works.
Canon doesn't get carried away with noise reduction.
In this camera, Canon doesn't get carried away with megapixels (6 is perfect for this sensor).
It feels great in my hands, handles well, and maintains some degree of portability (unlike Panasonic and Fuji's ultrazooms)
I've had no problems with red eye.
I love what the supermacro setting can achieve.
Movie mode is awesome, especially how the IS makes the motion of the camera look smooth and almost professional.
I have found only very minor faults:
-sometimes autofocus is slow at full telephoto
-manual focus is great with most stationary subjects, but is not easy to control at telephoto end of zoom, and not very practical for fast moving subjects
Panasonic's FZ50 is quicker and has a better lens, and I was impressed with its handling when I tried it out, but here's why I didn't buy it: excessive-as-in-past-the-point-of-no-return noise reduction (read smeared images at higher ISO), excessive MP for that sensor, more expensive than the S3.
I don't think any other camera exists that comes close to the S3's image quality, size, handling, feature set, and price.