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Canon PowerShot S2 IS

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Canon Powershot S2 with image stabilization

avecmobile.com
10 January 2012
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Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Digital Photography Interface
19 January 2007
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S2 IS features some major improvements over the S1 IS it replaces. It features 5 effective megapixels (compared to 3.2), 12x optical zoom (compared to 10x), a more low-light visible 1.8 inch rotating LCD (compared to a total darkness 1.5 inch LCD) and has a much faster DIGIC II processor (compared to DIGIC I).
  • Pros: 12x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer, Rotating 1.8 inch LCD (visible in low-light too!), Class-leading battery life, Full manual controls, 0 cm super macro, Lots of accessories, Unlimited smooth continuous shooting, VGA 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound and many advanced functions, Extremely fast, Excellent image quality
  • Cons: 1.8 inch LCD quite small (most competition have at least a 2 inch screen), Blown out highlights and redeye, 1 GB per movie limit, No zoom/focus rings and jog dial
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DP Review
6 January 2007
  • Conclusion: In an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace Canon had to make the successor to the S1 IS something more than a mere upgrade, and no one can deny they did just that, bringing improvements to virtually every aspect of the camera's performance. The DIGIC II processor makes everything zip along at high speed, the AF illuminator gets rid of some of the low light focus problems and the beefed-up macro mode - though perhaps not quite delivering on its promise - is a...
  • Pros: Good resolution, New 12x zoom offers excellent 36-432mm range, Packed with features, Image stabilization works really well (and can be used in movie mode), Very quiet, Fast and responsive (faster focus than S1 IS), Stunning movie mode with high quality stereo 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 ...
  • Cons: Occasional focus errors - especially at the telephoto end of the zoom in low light, Fairly noisy above ISO200, No rechargeable batteries supplied in the box, Viewfinder and screen can be difficult to see in very bright conditions, Images slightly soft and slightly over-sharpened, Chromatic aberration and purple fringing, Some problems with blown highlights and exposure in bright, contrasty scenes, No RAW or TIFF mode, Limit to highest shutter speed usable at wide aper...
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Overall 7
7.0

Canon PowerShot S2 IS

PC Magazine
14 November 2006
  • Conclusion: The PowerShot S2 IS boasts good picture quality, but the small LCD and poor electronic viewfinder make it problematic for use in bright light.
  • Pros: Great picture quality. Wide variety of scene modes. Good image stabilization. 12X optical zoom.
  • Cons: Very slow recycle time. Small LCD. Poor electronic viewfinder.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 10
10
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
30 March 2006
  • Conclusion: Canon Powershot S2 IS - Versatility When we used the Canon Powershot S2 IS it turned out to be a versatile digital camera. High resolution images, advanced videos with stereo sound and a large optical range with optical stabilisation are ingredients that enable a versatile use of the camera.
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Overall 8
7.5

Canon PowerShot S2 IS Review

Digitaltrends
26 July 2005
  • Conclusion: Although I liked the final stills and videos I took with this speedy, responsive camera, Canon is asking way too much from consumers to get up to speed.  Granted, an experienced shutterbug will have less difficulty wading through the extremely dense owner’s manual.  And if you plan to simply shoot in Auto or with the various scene modes, the camera will do the trick.  Yet the deal breaker for me is the manual flash.
  • Pros: Terrific 12x zoom lens/ image stabilization; movie mode w/ stereo sound
  • Cons: Confusing control nomenclature, manually-operated flash, smallish LCD screen, steep learning curve
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Canon Powershot S2 IS

Steve's Digicams
21 June 2005
  • Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two Powershot S2 IS Specifications Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD RGB color filter array Total number of pixels: Approx 5.3 million Effective number of pixels: Approx. 5.0 million Lens Canon 12x optical 6.0 - 72.0 mm with Image Stabilization (35mm film equivalent: 36 - 432 mm) Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups, 1 aspheric element Aperture: f/2.7 (Wide) - f/3.5 (Tele) Multi-speed USM (ultrasonic motor) zoom mechanism Optional 1.8x Tele-Converter lens...
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Dc Resource
11 June 2005
  • Excerpt: Last year's PowerShot S1 IS was one of the most popular ultra zoom cameras on the market. It was one of the first "hybrid" cameras to successfully combine the best features from digital cameras and camcorders. Earlier this year Canon introduced its replacement -- the PowerShot S2 IS ($499). The S2 isn't just a higher resolution sensor in the same old body -- you get a whole lot more.
  • Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), 12X zoom lens with optical image stabilization, Blazing performance (except for focusing speeds, which are just average), Full manual controls, Awesome movie mode: VGA resolution (30 fps), stereo sound, zoom ability, wind screen, selectable audio quality/level, Great continuous shooting mode, Flip-out, rotating 1.8" LCD display; LCD (and EVF too) is visible in low light, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, 0 cm m...
  • Cons: Images a little too sharp; a few were a tad overexposed, Movie mode file size limit arrives quickly, Some redeye, No live histogram in record mode (still!), Plastic tripod mount (hey I'm only complaining because it used to be metal), RAW support, manual focus ring would've been nice, Tiny memory card, crappy lens cap, and throwaway batteries included with camera
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PhotoRadar
31 May 2005
  • Excerpt: This latest addition to Canon's ever-expanding range of digital cameras is the replacement for the well-received PowerShot S1 IS. A compact ultra-zoom model, the main differences between this and its predecessor are a much-needed boost from 3.2-megapixels to a more respectable 5-megapixels, and an upgraded lens that now allows 12x optical zoom, as opposed to 10x on the old model.
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 7
7.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 8
8.0

Canon Powershot S2 IS

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: All in all the Canon Powershot S2 IS is an impressive camera. As well as its 12x optical zoom it comes packed with features. In fact as far as features go it is not that different to the most advanced digital compact cameras. You do pay a premium for the features though and it could be a tough call as to whether you go for this camera or one of its cheaper competitors. You will need to make the most of all the features this camera offers to get the full value for money.
  • Pros: Indoor photos, Movie mode, Features
  • Cons: Canon have been mean with the memory card
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