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Canon PowerShot S2 IS
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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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DP Review
1 April 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.
  • 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) ...
  • 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 aberra...
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Overall 7
7.0

Canon PowerShot S2 IS

PC Magazine
29 March 2007
  • 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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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...
  • 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, Ex...
  • 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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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

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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.
  • 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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Steve's Digicams
21 June 2005
  • Summary: The five megapixel Canon PowerShot S2 IS allows consumers from the novice to the photo enthusiast the ability to capture high quality still images and movie clips. The image stabilized 12x optical zoom lens (36-432mm equivalent) makes tack-sharp long telephoto shooting positively practical.
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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).
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
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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.
  • Pros: Indoor photos, Movie mode, Features
  • Cons: Canon have been mean with the memory card
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Overall 9
9.0

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Good Gear Guide.au
22 May 2007
  • Summary: If you want a carry-around camera capable of handling a wide range of tasks, including good-quality video, the S2IS is well worth a look.
  • Pros: Big zoom, great optical image stabilisation, strong movie mode; extensive set of photographic features
  • Cons: You'll need to buy some rechargeable batteries
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