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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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    8.8 8.8 from 907 reviewers
  • Expert Score (34)
    8.0 8.0 from 34 reviewers
  • Design (12)
    5.7 5.7 from 12 reviewers
  • Value for money (51)
    5.8 5.8 from 51 reviewers
  • Features (22)
    5.9 5.9 from 22 reviewers
  • Ease of use (80)
    5.7 5.7 from 80 reviewers
  • Performance (139)
    5.9 5.9 from 139 reviewers
  • Picture quality (178)
    5.8 5.8 from 178 reviewers
  • Durability (51)
    5.6 5.6 from 51 reviewers
  • Battery performance (68)
    5.6 5.6 from 68 reviewers
  • Display (147)
    5.4 5.4 from 147 reviewers
  • Photo quality (46)
    6.0 6.0 from 46 reviewers
  • Video quality (16)
    6.3 6.3 from 16 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (137)
    5.8 5.8 from 137 reviewers
  • Appearance (4)
    5.2 5.2 from 4 reviewers
  • Portability (13)
    5.2 5.2 from 13 reviewers
  • Customer support (5)
    4.5 4.5 from 5 reviewers
  • Build quality (3)
    5.4 5.4 from 3 reviewers
  • Size (2)
    6.6 6.6 from 2 reviewers
  • Shutter lag (43)
    5.7 5.7 from 43 reviewers
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The Canon Power Shot S3 IS, introduced in 1996, is the upgraded version of the extremely popular Power Shot S2 ultra zoom digital camera, with 12x zoom and optical image stabilization. In the movie mode, the camera can record at 640x480 pixels and thirty frames per second with zoom. The audio mode supports stereo recording. The S3 model comes bundled with software for user friendly picture editing and movie clip editing functions. The software also allows remote control of the camera when connected throu…

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The Canon Power Shot S3 IS, introduced in 1996, is the upgraded version of the extremely popular Power Shot S2 ultra zoom digital camera, with 12x zoom and optical image stabilization. In the movie mode, the camera can record at 640x480 pixels and thirty frames per second with zoom. The audio mode supports stereo recording. The S3 model comes bundled with software for user friendly picture editing and movie clip editing functions. The software also allows remote control of the camera when connected through an USB port. All camera functions can be controlled and images can be directly stored on the computer. According to Image Resourcing, the S3 IS model will be popular with a wide range of users. Experienced photographers will like the Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority models.

New and amateur users will appreciate the Program AE and scene models as welcome options for taking photographs. Its picture quality is excellent. Image Resourcing rates this as a very good camera for its price range. The Digital camera review highlights the similarity between the S3 and S2 models. This review terms S2 as a revolutionary model and S3 as a model with minor improvements. According to this review, the camera is best for use in movie mode and the only limiting factor is the file size restrictions due to its memory card size. The Neocamera review identifies the movie mode and the stereo sound recording equipped with wind filter for quality sound as the biggest selling point for the camera. On the downside, it is felt that the camera generally produces soft images and suffers from loss of details starting from ISO 200. The review also points out that the view finder quality needs improvement and has low visibility at bright light

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  • can we use the sanyo eleloop 2000mA batteries for this camera?

    can we use the sanyo eleloop 2000mA batteries for this camera?

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2009-06-12

  • HELP! need video asistence with canon powershot 23 is

    ello people i have a proplem wiht this camra i have purchets a larger memmory card for this camara (the one that came with it can only do aobut 10 min of video) however once i got it in to a editing procram everyting hit the fan 1. wen trying to finilice the work progect it wasnt compatable wiht wmp(windows media player for u pplz new at this :P) Maby just crappy softwhere... but then it took 10 yes 10 hours to export the viedo... im running a xps laptop wiht a dule core prosserser and a media upgrade.(this should be quick work) 2. when i upen up the pictures file now (where the vidos are stored) the windows EXPLORER CRASHES yes like the stinking "my pictures" file. is this just a crappy eding program causing this or the camra and need to look for a more long time fix. ne advice is helpful ty

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2008-11-28

  • How to shoot pix in 4inx6in?

    We really like this camera. Had for 2 plus years. But -- How do you set it to shoot pictures in 4x6 mode? When we download our pictures the are huge!!! 10 inches by 16 inches. We have to go thru the time consuming process of resizing each picture. There must be a way around this. We just got back from vacation and have 900 pictures to work through.

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2008-10-04

  • Which are the best settings to use on my Canon S3 IS for ligh...

    Which are the best settings to use on my Canon S3 IS for lightning photos

    Answered by KristoferB 2008-09-04:

    Slower shutter speed for better quality night shots, but how slow depends on how dark it is, and your camera, so trial and error is the best

    Answered by KristoferB 2008-09-04:

    ISO to about 100 or 200, the apeture to somewhere around

  • What settings should I set the camera to get the clearest, sh...

    What settings should I set the camera to get the clearest, sharpest pics at 4x6 and 5x7 size

    Answered by KristoferB 2008-09-04:

    it all depends on what you are taking pictures of and the lighting conditions, I really can't answer that question, you'll have to just try and

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