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Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black

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Long product name Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black :
The short editorial description of Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black

Powershot S3 IS

Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black

The official marketing text of Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black as supplied by the manufacturer
Featuring a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer, advanced movie functions and extensive creative options, the PowerShot S3 IS is perfectly equipped for superb results in any situation.

- 12x optical zoom lens with IS
- 6.0 MP CCD
- Extensive movie functions
- DIGIC II, iSAPS, FlexiZone AF/AE
- 20 Shooting modes and My Colors
- ISO 800
- Widescreen recording
- 2.0" vari-angle LCD
- Accessories
- PictBridge and Print/Share button

The power of 12x zoom.

High performance optics
A powerful 12x optical zoom lens features Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology to counteract camera shake. An Ultrasonic Motor (USM) ensures fast and near-silent zoom operation*. UD lens technology reduces chromatic aberration for razor-sharp images with superb colour accuracy.

A 6.0 Megapixel CCD sensor captures every scene with enough fine detail for large, photo quality prints.

Extensive movie functions
Shoot smooth 30fps VGA quality movies with full audio, or record QVGA movies at 60fps and analyse in sharp slow motion. Make full resolution stills while recording with the Photo in Movie feature.

Cutting-edge technology
Canon's DIGIC II image processor drives rapid 2.3 fps continuous shooting and responsive camera controls. iSAPS technology uses scene information to optimise camera settings before a shot is taken. FlexiZone AF/AE lets you manually select the focus point from almost anywhere in the frame. Super Macro mode allows for millimetre-close focusing on tiny subjects.

Creative shooting
A choice of 20 shooting modes includes Manual mode for complete creative control. 8 Special Scene modes assist with tricky lighting conditions. My Colors allows colour effects to be applied in camera before and after shooting.

Low light performance
ISO 800 allows for flash-free shooting in low light and indoor environments. It also enables shooting at higher shutter speeds, reducing the risk of blur from camera shake and subject movement.

Panoramic photos
Widescreen 16:9 still image recording allows playback on widescreen TV or printing on wide size paper with a SELPHY CP printer.

Large vari-angle LCD
The 2.0" vari-angle LCD lets you frame from creative angles and share playback with friends. Night Display mode enhances screen visibility after dark.

A wide range of optional accessories includes wide and tele converter lenses, a lens hood, slave flash and a soft case.

Easy printing
Connect to any PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible photo printer and push the Print/Share button for a full colour photo in seconds.

Software and sharing
A comprehensive software suite is included for managing and editing your photos. Share your creations online with 100MB of web space on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY.
Short summary description Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black:
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Canon PowerShot Powershot S3 IS, 6 MP, 1/2.5", CCD, 12x, 4x, 0.236 - 2.83" (6 - 72 mm)
Long summary description Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black :

Canon Powershot S3 IS, PowerShot. Megapixel: 6 MP, Image sensor size: 1/2.5", Sensor type: CCD. Optical zoom: 12x, Digital zoom: 4x, Focal length range (f-f): 0.236 - 2.83" (6 - 72 mm). ISO sensitivity: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto. Camera shutter type: Mechanical. Flash modes: Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction

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Picture quality
Megapixel *
The number (in millions) of light-sensitive picture elements known as pixels actually used by the camera's image sensor (CCD) to record light, and which are reflected to the final number of recorded pixels stored on the memory card.
6 MP
Image sensor size *
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
0,236 - 2,83" (6 - 72 mm)
Combined zoom
Light exposure
ISO sensitivity *
A measure of a photographic film's sensitivity to light.
80, 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto
Camera shutter type
Indicates if the camera shutter is mechanical or electronic.
Flash modes *
Different modes for a camera flash which are manually/automatically activated e.g. auto-flash mode, flash on with red eye reduction.
Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction
Video recording *
Recording moving visual images.
Maximum video resolution *
This is the maximum resolution of video images. Resolution is a measure of the degree of detail visible.
640 x 480 pixels
Internal memory
The amount of memory, usually measured in bytes (e.g. MB, GB), which is installed in the system's hardware.
16 MB
Compatible memory cards *
Types of memory cards which can be used with this product.
mmc, sd
Display *
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
Display resolution (numeric)
Total number of pixels that display has.
115.000 pixels
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
USB 2.0
A/V out (PAL/NTSC)
White balance *
Technique in photography and image processing, which involves a global adjustment of the intensities of the colors (typically red, green, and blue primary colors). An important goal of this adjustment is to render specific colors – particularly neutral colors including white – correctly.
Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Scene modes *
Scenery mode', 'Portrait mode' and other modes which are manually/automatically activated on a camera and change the settings (e.g. exposure time) accordingly.
Beach, Fireworks, Night, Party (indoor)
Photo effects *
Different effects that you can use to modify photos after they have been taken, such as colour filters.
Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid
Custom color
Playback zoom (max)
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
Color of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)
The minimum and maximum temperatures at which the product can be safely operated.
0 - 40°C
System requirements
Mac compatibility
Product can be used with Apple Mac software and/or hardware.
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
4,46" (113,4 mm)
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
3,07" (78 mm)
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
2,97" (75,5 mm)
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
14,5 oz (410 g)
Packaging content
Bundled software
Software distributed with another product such as a piece of computer hardware or other electronic device, or a group of software packages which are sold together. A software suite is an example of bundled software, as is software which is pre-installed on a new computer.
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
PhotoStitch, RemoteCapture
TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
ArcSoft PhotoStudio
Other features
Video capability
Capability of video recording/playback.
Photo mode
Device can take photos.
Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
11 / 9
Interface ports to connect pieces of equipment. USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the most popular wired interface to connect peripherals. USB 2.0 supports speeds up to 480 Mbit/s (USB 1: 12 Mbit/s). The interface FireWire is also known as the IEEE 1394 standard. Enhanced IDE (EIDE)is sometimes referred to as Fast ATA, Fast IDE or ATA-2.
USB 2.0
Built-in flash
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
15 – 1/3,200
Compatible operating systems
List of desktop operating systems tested as compatible with this product.
Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2
OS X v10.2 - 10.4
Digital SLR
The single-lens reflex (SLR) is a type of camera that uses a movable mirror placed between the lens and the film to project the image seen through the lens to a matte focusing screen.
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
1,42 - 17" (36 - 432 mm)
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Testseek has collected 46 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot S3 IS and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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Canon is no stranger to the super-zooming camera. The digicam giant can be regularly found at zoos, trying to get perfect shots of distant wildlife using its favourite Powershot. And now it’s ready to take its photography up a notch with this new 12...
Excellent image quality. Big 12x zoom. Great low light performance. Not much bigger than standard compact.
Only comes with 16MB SD card. Small electronic viewfinder.
A pint-sized camera that packs a punch, with consistently good performance in all conditions...
In Canon's compact camera range, two models vie for top billing. One is the 10-megapixel PowerShot G7 that I reviewed just over a month ago, and the other one is this, the PowerShot S3 IS. While the G7 might have the advantage in resolution over the 6-meg...
I have used the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, the Panasonic FZ7 and the Canon PowerShot S2 IS and wanted to try the new Canon PowerShot S3 IS. I bought the Canon S3 IS and after using it and comparing it to other stabilized-zoom cameras, I sold the S3 on eB...
The image stabilized Ultrasonic 12 X zoom lens is identical to last years S2 IS, and so are most of the other components. Indeed, externally, the only change is a slightly beefier monitor hinge. The PowerShot S3 IS offers a good ergonomic design, prov...
Excellent image quality, Stabilized 12X zoom lens, Sharp images at all focal lengths, Good sensitivity range, Very little noise up to 200 ISO, Swivel LCD Screen...
Too few changes over the S2 IS, Still no RAW image format, EVF/monitor still average...
The Canon PowerShot S3 IS, this years new version of the PowerShot S2 IS, brings the inevitable increase in resolution, adding another million pixels that makes the S3 IS a 6-megapixel camera, but has only minor changes otherwise. The image stabilized...
Canon PowerShot S3 IS This advanced camera offers a 12X zoom, plenty of control buttons, and a swiveling LCD. The 6-megapixel Canon PowerShot S3 IS ($500 as of August 25, 2006) offers a lot of features for the price. Among the most attractive of these...
Swiveling LCD, many control buttons, 12X optical zoom, image stabilization...
Low battery life...
This advanced camera offers a 12X zoom, plenty of control buttons, and a swiveling LCD.
Although Canon has flooded the market with numerous ultracompacts, compacts, and digital SLRs, the company sells just one superzoom digital camera: the 6-megapixel PowerShot S3 IS, this years update to last years 5MP PowerShot S2 IS. Although not a...
No shutter lag. Articulating LCD. Powerful feature set. Very good video.
Smallish 2-inch LCD. Mediocre recycle time. Expensive.
Theres a lot to like about the 12X optical, 6-megapixel Canon PowerShot S3 IS superzoom, but the price is steep...
The Canon PowerShot S3 IS is not your average digital compact camera with a large zoom range. It is in fact a multimedia device. After all, this camera enables you to do so much more than take photos; you now have the choice of video clips with stereo...
Like the S2 IS before it (and for that matter the original S1 IS), the latest version of Canons flagship Image stabilized Ultra zoom PowerShot has been one of the most popular cameras on dpreview (measured by clicks) since the day it was announced. U...
Good resolution, Good color, good exposure, generally accurate focus, 12x zoom offers excellent 36-432mm range, Image stabilization works well (and can be used in movie mode), Packed with features, Very quiet, Solid construction and good handling, Fast an...
Occasional focus hunting at the telephoto end of the zoom in low light, ISO 800 mode is too noisy to be really useful, ISO 200 noise reduction too strong, No rechargeable batteries supplied in the box, Occasional highlight clipping due to over exposure of...
Where the S2 IS offered a huge performance leap over its predecessor, the S3 IS is in reality a minor upgrade, and with good reason; there was a lot less that needed improvement. Aside from the newer sensor, the welcome addition of a direct ISO button...
Its funny how we always want more of things we have... or for that matter, what we dont have as well. Speaking on the same lines, I come across a lot of people who are tired of using their digital camera presets and want something more to work with...
Good Build,12x Optical zoom and OIS, Great image quality,Full manual controls, Excellent movie mode, Live histogram in record mode, Super macro mode, Optional conversion lenses and external slave flash, Battery life...
Redeye reduction systems mostly fail, 1 GB Movie record limit, No RAW format support, Noise levels at ISO 400 and 800.
Calling the Canon PowerShot S3 IS an update of the PowerShot S2 is no insult. The S2 is a good camera and the S3 gives you higher resolution (6 MP rather than 5), a larger LCD screen and several new features, all in a very similar body. The dark grey...
The Canon Powershot S3 IS is a good camera with some small improvements over its predecessor, the Powershot S2 IS. It is a very capable camera with full manual controls, a good super-macro mode and a truly superb movie mode. The biggest selling point...
Consumers with somewhere upwards of $400 or $500 to spend on a compact camera can get plenty of great features ? long telephoto zooms, movie capability, and 6-to-7-megapixel files. We looked at three leading cameras in this category: the Canon PowerSho...
The Canon PowerShot S3 IS ($499) is an update to last years very popular PowerShot S2 ultra zoom camera. The S3 isnt a revolution compared to the S2 -- in fact, the upgrades are fairly minor for the most part. New features on the S3 include: Us...
The new is the successor to Canon's best selling Powershot S1 IS and S2 IS digital cameras. The S2 IS was last year's most popular ultra-zoom digital camera because its 12X image-stabilized USM zoom, excellent movie mode, compact SLR style body, and...
The best in class S3 IS provides serious photographers with a no-nonsense mix of creative capability, technical versatility, and intuitive usability. Sports, action, and nature photographers will benefit most from the extra reach of the S3's long zoom...
Anyone looking for portability with paparazzi reach need look no further than Canon’s Powershot S3 IS - its an excellent ultra-zoom compact with an amazing 12x, zoom lens, great handling, superb image quality and a good price into the bargain. (Comp...
Canon S3 IS Introduction By Mike PasiniReview posted: 07/06/06 The Canon PowerShot S3 IS is the latest in an extremely popular line of long zoom cameras, following the 5.0-Mp S2 IS, the 3.2-Mp S1 IS, and the 2.6-Mp Pro90 IS. The Canon S3 IS accommodate...
12x zoom with image stabilization Useable 4x digital zoom (for 48x scope-like range) Auto Hi and ISO 800 sensitivity settings Very responsive shutter speed Fast startup/shutdown time Good color accuracy Powerful built-in flash Very capable, stereo Movi...
High noise at high sensitivity settings Rather contrasty default tone curve Higher than average chromatic aberration at all focal lengths Fast shutter speeds not available at all apertures, which is not uncommon Movie files restricted to 1 GB size AVI...
The long-zoom digital camera market is getting pretty crowded these days, so it takes a lot for a product to really stand out. Despite the stiff competition though, the Canon PowerShot S3 IS is indeed a standout product. Building upon the already very...
I am often asked to make camera recommendations and this review is prompted by just such an inquiry. Sometime ago in a previous review, I looked at two super zoom cameras; but every month (in the digital camera world) brings new and usually (but not alwa...
The hybrid Canon PowerShot S3 IS was introduced at the Photo Marketing Association Trade Show in February 2006. It replaces last year?s S2, which succeeded the previous year?s S1. All of these models come with image stabilization as their headlining fe...
Excellent color reproduction and accuracy Super macro focuses at 0 inches Good flash coverage and options Image stabilization Frequently used scenes on dial 12x lens with USM Good movie mode and functionality with stereo audio...
Poor viewfinder resolution Poor LCD minimal resolution; solarizes easily 1 GB limit on movies Eats alkaline AA batteries Power switch too stiff...
The Canon PowerShot S3 IS comes to the ultra-zoom digital camera market with a unique set of features. It has the 12x optical zoom lens that qualifies it as part of the ultra-zoom market and couples it with an optical image stabilization system that wo...
Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera Pro Review by Laurence Chen The Powershot S3 IS continues Canon’s long-standing tradition of high-quality full-featured compact cameras. With excellent usability and a feature set second to none, this is a machin...
The camera?s 12x zoom lens has an equivalent film focal length of 36-432 mm (f/2.7 at wide angle and f/3.5 at telephoto). Despite the extraordinary range of the zoom lens, it retracts securely into the camera when its powered down. This UD lens featur...
DPInterface Canon PowerShot S5 IS ReviewBrad Soo - July 3rd, 2007 The PowerShot S5 IS is Canons latest ultra-zoom for 2007. While the S5 IS is a larger an upgrade than the S2 to the S3, it still isnt a radical departure from its predecessor - more o...
8.3The Canon Powershot S3 IS and the Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 are two very capable and compact all-round cameras and when you have to travel light they are the ultimate partners. They are consumer cameras due to absence of AdobeRGB and RAW, and responsiv...
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