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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, 14.5 oz (410 g), Black
Long summary description Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black :

Canon PowerShot Powershot S3 IS. 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). Maximum video resolution: 640 x 480 pixels. Display diagonal: 2". Internal memory: 16 MB. PictBridge. Weight: 14.5 oz (410 g). Color of product: Black

This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Picture quality
Megapixel *
6 MP
Image sensor size *
Sensor type *
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Digital zoom *
Focal length range (f-f)
0.236 - 2.83" (6 - 72 mm)
Combined zoom
Light exposure
ISO sensitivity *
80, 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto
Camera shutter type
Flash modes *
Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction
Video recording *
Maximum video resolution *
640 x 480 pixels
Compatible memory cards *
Internal memory
16 MB
Display *
Display diagonal *
Display resolution (numeric)
115.000 pixels
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
White balance *
Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Scene modes *
Beach, Fireworks, Night, Party (indoor)
Photo effects *
Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid
Playback zoom (max)
Custom color
Battery technology *
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Color of product *
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 °C
System requirements
Mac compatibility
Weight & dimensions
Width *
4.46" (113.4 mm)
Depth *
3.07" (78 mm)
Height *
2.97" (75.5 mm)
Weight *
14.5 oz (410 g)
Other features
Video capability
Built-in flash
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
1.42 - 17" (36 - 432 mm)
Digital SLR
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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...
Good Excellent image quality. Big 12x zoom. Great low light performance. Not much bigger than standard compact.
Bad Only comes with 16MB SD card. Small electronic viewfinder.
Bottom line 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...
Good 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...
Bad Too few changes over the S2 IS, Still no RAW image format, EVF/monitor still average...
Bottom line 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...
Good Swiveling LCD, many control buttons, 12X optical zoom, image stabilization...
Bad Low battery life...
Bottom line 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...
Good No shutter lag. Articulating LCD. Powerful feature set. Very good video.
Bad Smallish 2-inch LCD. Mediocre recycle time. Expensive.
Bottom line 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 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...
Bad 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...
Bottom line 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 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...
Bad 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...
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...
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...
Bottom line 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...
Good 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...
Bad 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...
Bottom line 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...
Good 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...
Bad Poor viewfinder resolution Poor LCD minimal resolution; solarizes easily 1 GB limit on movies Eats alkaline AA batteries Power switch too stiff...
Bottom line 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...
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