Conclusion: Despite one or two minor annoyances - specifically the focus performance at the long end of the zoom and the rather puny screen - the Canon S1 IS is a camera it is hard not to like.
Pros: Very small, handles really well, Packed with features, Image stabilization works really well (and can be used in movie mode), Very quiet, Fast and responsive, Stunning movie mode with high quality sound, Impressive continuous (burst) shooting, Good color, good exposure, generally accurate focus, ...
Cons: Some focus errors - especially at the telephoto end of the zoom, Slow AF at longer focal lengths, can struggle in low light, No AF illuminator, Noisy above ISO200, No rechargeable batteries, Small screen, viewfinder difficult to see in very bright or very dark conditions, Images lack 'bite' - res...
Summary: The Canon PowerShot S1 IS is our recommended
digital camera for someone starting in photography
and desiring a full featured and affordable ultra
zoom model. Not only does the Canon S1 continue the PowerShot
S series tradition of high-quality and easy-to-use
digital cameras, it also incorporates...
Excerpt: At first glance, the PowerShot
S1 IS ($499) may look like just another ultra
zoom camera, but it's more than that. First, it's
Canon's first ultra zoom camera since the Pro90 IS.
Along those lines, it's also their first camera (since
the Pro90) with a stabilized lens.
Pros: Good photo quality (though see issues below), 10X zoom lens with image stabilization, ultrasonic motor, Excellent movie mode (but don't throw away your camcorder), Full manual controls, Robust performance, Flip-out, swiveling LCD display, Supports conversion lenses, underwater case, Compact body ...
Cons: Poor low light focusing; no AF-assist lamp, Electronic viewfinder difficult to see in dim light, Images slightly noisy; above average purple fringing as well, Movies limited to 1GB in size, which arrives quickly at highest quality setting, Some redeye, No live histogram in record mode
Summary: The PowerShot S1 IS combines a a 3.2 megapixel CCD imaging sensor, exclusive DIGIC image processor and a fast f/2.8-3.1 image stabilized 10x zoom lens (38-380mm equivalent) into a very compact and lightweight SLR-styled camera.
Conclusion: Hmm. Normally I like Canon digital cameras, but I do have reservations concerning the Powershot S1 IS. It does have an excellent feature set to back up the 10x optical zoom lens and it should appeal to photographers who are looking for a digital camera that they can really put through its paces.
Pros: Stacked with features, Powerful flash unit, Good build quality
Conclusion: With its large focal length coverage of 38mm to 380mm (35mm film equivalent) matched by a fast maximum aperture range of f2.8 to f3.1, the Canon Powershot S1 IS readily replaces the Canon Powershot Pro 90 IS as Canon's next ultra-zoom digital camera.
Summary: Despite the limited resolution, the S1 packs in a mighty zoom and rock-steady lens technology. It performs well, giving the user a little more than you’d expect from a point-and-shoot in this price bracket.
Canon PowerShot S1 IS v praxi aneb co dokáže fotoaparát s videokamerou v jednom?
3 February 2013
Excerpt: Dnešní recenze vám představí dalšího zástupce řady ultrazoomových elektronických zrcadlovek - model Canon PowerShot S1 IS, který se vyznačuje především optickou stabilizací obrazu. Na podobný přístroj od Canonu již řada fotografů netrpělivě čekala. Mohly se vyplnit jejich představy?