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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Overall 7
7.2
Design 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 7
6.5
Performance 8
8.0
Photo quality 9
8.5

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Digital Photography Interface
7 September 2009
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S3 IS took the features of the S2 IS and added a few more, enlarged the LCD and painted the body black. Now this black colored ultra-zoom has 6 megapixels, 12x optical zoom, a rotating 2 inch LCD and some other nice features. I'll start with the nice 12x optical zoom lens with an optical image stabilizer. This USM driven lens allows from precise and silent zooming.
  • Pros: Nice 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, Excellent battery life, Very good LCD/EVF visibility, Full manual controls with many accessories, Unlimited, fast continuous shooting, Fast performance, Live histogram; looks quite nice too, Excellent 0 cm super macro mode, 2 shortcuts to functions; button and place on mode dial, VGA 30 FPS movie mode with many advanced options, Very good image quality
  • Cons: Expensive - 6MP ultra-zooms cost less and $499 is for 7MP ultra-zooms; cost of getting rechargeable batteries and large memory card adds on to the already expensive price, "Tiny" 2 inch LCD; low LCD and EVF resolutions, No jog dial, no zoom/focus rings, Popup flash is manually raised; plastic tripod mount cracks easily, Manual shutter speed use restrictions and smallest selectable aperture is only f8, Overall performance could be faster and better; especially autofocu...
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Overall 7
7.2
Design 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 7
6.5
Performance 8
8.0
Photo quality 9
8.5

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Digital Photography Interface
7 September 2009
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S3 IS took the features of the S2 IS and added a few more, enlarged the LCD and painted the body black. Now this black colored ultra-zoom has 6 megapixels, 12x optical zoom, a rotating 2 inch LCD and some other nice features. I'll start with the nice 12x optical zoom lens with an optical image stabilizer. This USM driven lens allows from precise and silent zooming.
  • Pros: Nice 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, Excellent battery life, Very good LCD/EVF visibility, Full manual controls with many accessories, Unlimited, fast continuous shooting, Fast performance, Live histogram; looks quite nice too, Excellent 0 cm super macro mode, 2 shortcuts to functions; button and place on mode dial, VGA 30 FPS movie mode with many advanced options, Very good image quality
  • Cons: Expensive - 6MP ultra-zooms cost less and $499 is for 7MP ultra-zooms; cost of getting rechargeable batteries and large memory card adds on to the already expensive price, "Tiny" 2 inch LCD; low LCD and EVF resolutions, No jog dial, no zoom/focus rings, Popup flash is manually raised; plastic tripod mount cracks easily, Manual shutter speed use restrictions and smallest selectable aperture is only f8, Overall performance could be faster and better; especially autofocu...
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Overall 7
7.2
Design 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 7
6.5
Performance 8
8.0
Photo quality 9
8.5

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Digital Photography Interface
7 September 2009
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S3 IS took the features of the S2 IS and added a few more, enlarged the LCD and painted the body black. Now this black colored ultra-zoom has 6 megapixels, 12x optical zoom, a rotating 2 inch LCD and some other nice features. I'll start with the nice 12x optical zoom lens with an optical image stabilizer. This USM driven lens allows from precise and silent zooming.
  • Pros: Nice 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilization, Excellent battery life, Very good LCD/EVF visibility, Full manual controls with many accessories, Unlimited, fast continuous shooting, Fast performance, Live histogram; looks quite nice too, Excellent 0 cm super macro mode, 2 shortcuts to functions; button and place on mode dial, VGA 30 FPS movie mode with many advanced options, Very good image quality
  • Cons: Expensive - 6MP ultra-zooms cost less and $499 is for 7MP ultra-zooms; cost of getting rechargeable batteries and large memory card adds on to the already expensive price, "Tiny" 2 inch LCD; low LCD and EVF resolutions, No jog dial, no zoom/focus rings, Popup flash is manually raised; plastic tripod mount cracks easily, Manual shutter speed use restrictions and smallest selectable aperture is only f8, Overall performance could be faster and better; especially autofocu...
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Overall 8
8.2
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 8
8.0
Ergonomics 9
8.5
Build quality 8
8.0

Expert Review

DP Review
26 July 2007
  • Conclusion: Where the S2 IS offered a huge performance leap over its predecessor, the S3 IS is in reality a minor upgrade, and with good reason; there was a lot less that needed improvement. Aside from the newer sensor, the welcome addition of a direct ISO button, sports mode and marginally bigger screen, the biggest change is the paint job, which has produced a camera that looks a lot less toy-like than the S2 IS.There is a slight improvement in image quality; a bit more resolution...
  • Pros: Good resolution, Good color, good exposure, generally accurate focus, 12x zoom offers excellent 36-432mm range, Image stabilization works well (and can be used in movie mode), Packed with features, Very quiet, Solid construction and good handling, Fast and responsive, Stunning movie mode with high quality stereo sound, Impressive continuous (burst) shooting, 'Punchy' results straight out of the camera, Clean images at lower ISO settings, Impressively little distortion...
  • Cons: Occasional focus hunting at the telephoto end of the zoom in low light, ISO 800 mode is too noisy to be really useful, ISO 200 noise reduction too strong, No rechargeable batteries supplied in the box, Occasional highlight clipping due to over exposure of contrasty scenes, Viewfinder and screen can be difficult to see in very bright conditions, Images slightly soft, Chromatic aberration and purple fringing, No RAW mode, Limit to highest shutter speed usable at wide ap...
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

PC Magazine
23 May 2007
  • Conclusion: There's a lot to like about the 12X optical, 6-megapixel Canon PowerShot S3 IS superzoom, but the price is steep.
  • Pros: No shutter lag. Articulating LCD. Powerful feature set. Very good video.
  • Cons: Smallish 2-inch LCD. Mediocre recycle time. Expensive.
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
10
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
2 February 2007
  • Conclusion: Canon PowerShot S3 IS - 12x optical zoom The Canon PowerShot S3 IS is not your average digital compact camera with a large zoom range. It is in fact a multimedia device. After all, this camera enables you to do so much more than take photos; you now have the choice of video clips with stereo sound, as well as the option to add audio to your photos afterwards.
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Overall 9
8.5
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Photo quality 9
9.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 9
9.0

Canon Powershot S3 IS

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: If the overall quality of the camera is more important to you then the price you pay then the Canon Powershot S3 IS is an ideal super zoom camera. It is packed with features and the picture quality is top drawer. I really struggled to come up with anything to put me off this camera.
  • Pros: Picture quality, Macro shots, Features, Movie mode, Twisting LCD screen
  • Cons: Battery life
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Overall 8
8.0

Canon Powershot S3IS digital camera

Pocket Lint
25 July 2006
  • Pros: Great handling, feature packed, great image quality, excellent macro function, good price
  • Cons: Intrusive noise at higher ISOs, purple pixel fringing, focus hunting at longer focal lengths, screen and viewfinder hard to see in bright conditions
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Audio & image quality 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Canon PowerShot S3-IS

PhotoReview
1 May 2006
  • Summary: High resolution plus an optically stabilised long-range zoom lens and a multitude of manual controls make the S3-IS a fine camera for enthusiasts.Canon's 6-megapixel PowerShot S3-IS has the same 12x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation system and range of manual controls as its predecessor. We got the black body - but not raw support - with this upgrade to last year's 5-megapixel S2-IS.
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Audio & image quality 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Canon PowerShot S3-IS

PhotoReview
1 May 2006
  • Summary: High resolution plus an optically stabilised long-range zoom lens and a multitude of manual controls make the S3-IS a fine camera for enthusiasts.Canon's 6-megapixel PowerShot S3-IS has the same 12x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation system and range of manual controls as its predecessor. We got the black body - but not raw support - with this upgrade to last year's 5-megapixel S2-IS.
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