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. Sure, there are a few high end features missing (no live histogram, no flash hot shoe, no AiAF, no RAW mode), but this is no glorified point-and-shooter.
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, 'Punchy' results straight out of the camera, Clean images at lower ISO settings, Impressively little distortion for such a large lens, Enjoyable and easy to use, Optional wide...
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' - resolution is average at best, No RAW or TIFF mode, Limit to highest shutter speed usable at wide apertures
Excerpt: Canon U.S.A. Inc., www.powershot.com $500 street 3.2 megapixels; 10X optical, 3.2X digital zoom Ergonomic. Comfortable to handle. Packed with features. LCD Screen. Expensive. Soft exposures. Doesn't support uncompressed JPEG formats. Although it's designed nicely, the Canon PowerShot S1 IS is expensive and can't compete with the 4MP sensors on some of our tests. The Canon PowerShot S1 IS is ergonomic, and comfortable to handle.
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 some high-end
features usually found only in more expensive
prosumer models. Image quality of the 3MP image sensor is very
good and allows up to 8x10 in. prints.
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. This feature alone
makes it one of only a handful of cameras with image
stabilization (the others are from Minolta and Panasonic).
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 (for an ultra zoom), Can save favorite settings to spot on mode dial, Supports Type II CompactFlash cards, including Microdrive
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. Renowned for the high quality of its "glass," Canon designed the PowerShot S1 IS digital camera's lens with 11 elements including one aspherical element to reduce size and weight and ensure image sharpness, particularly at wide-angle settings.
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. It is let down by the picture quality though, especially when the zoom lens is fully extended.
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. The Canon Powershot S1 IS has an aesthetically pleasing and smaller form factor, though this new kid on the block lacks the flash hot shoe and sturdier metal body of its predecessor.
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. Its features beat many of its more expensive counterparts, and take no time to understand and navigate.
Summary: Canon's PowerShot S1 IS sports a 10x optical zoom lens plus a gyro-based image stabilisation system. The zoon is powered by an ultrasonic motor (USM) which is fast, quiet and reasonably easy to control. In video mode, where the S1 IS supports VGA capture with sound at 30 frames per second, the zoom switches to its slowest speed so no noise is recorded.
Pros: 10x optical zoom lens with effective stabilisation, Excellent movie capabilities, Adjustable flash output
Cons: Battery compartment can be difficult to close, Low sensor resolution for price [BG05]