This camera stopped working after 2 months, and memory card is n
9 September 2012
Excerpt: After purchasing this camera from COMPUS it stopped working within 2 months. The memory card isn't compatable with any printer, therefore you have to connect the cable via connection cord to your computer to download photos. Since COMPUS went out of business shortly after my purchase, I'm now out $600.00 and no camera.
Summary: There are many complaints on the internet on the S3 IS CCD ceasing to function. I sent back my S3 IS and they claim there is no known problem with the S2 or S3 IS. Well my government S2 IS did the same thing. I can buy a new CCD on line for $18 so it seems they are willing to have a bad reputation over this little money. I work for the government in Imaging Engineering and see this as a stonewalling tactic. I think it reflects badly on Canon.
Summary: This camera was a Christmas present. For three years & across 7 national parks, I have tried to use it. But the low-resolution viewfinder and underpowered LCD backlight make it just about impossible. If youre under a tree or its gloomy, its ok. If its gorgeous and sunny, youre literally shooting blind. Too bad since image quality is good -- but with useless LCD and viewfinder, this camera is a huge disappointment.
Summary: Unfortunately I didn't pay attention to the negative reviews about the camera taking blurry shots. They mentioned a desire for Canon to come out with a firmware update to alleviate the problem. Well the firmware has yet to be released. Now the zoom lens mechanics work but the camera doesn't recognize its already fully zoomed and assumes it is actually not zoomed at all so consequently stays in the fully zoomed mode.
Summary: So I purchased this camera for use to take photo's at school sporting events and functions. I have used the camera about 50 times in the two years and I now have a lens that won't retract. Now that I have searched for this problem, I see it is very common. I found this site for people who don't have the money to send for repairs on some common things to try to fix the problem http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html Good luck,
Summary: I loved this camera - until, not too long after the warranty period ran out, it stopped working. Specifically, the image is always black ... the display works OK but it acts as if the lens cap is on even when it's not. Now they want $160 and 4 weeks to repair! I have always handled the camera with care, there were no drops or bumps. This is my last Canon. It's a fine product when it works but I expect more lifetime from such an expensive product.
Summary: Search the Web a little for "Canon S3 lens error". What you will find is that thousands (40,000+) owners of Canon cameras have experienced a peculiar error "E18 - lens error. restart camera" and that Canon will charge you $250 to repair it. DO NOT BUY ANY CANON DIGITAL CAMERA UNTIL/UNLESS THEY CORRECT THIS PROBLEM. Otherwise, 12-15 months from now you can expect to be shopping for a new camera.
Summary: I've owned several Canon point-and-shoots, and figured that the S3-IS would be a good next step up from my 3.2mp camera. To be honest, I've been VERY disappointed with the image quality. The pictures are noisy, the images are always really soft, the auto-focus takes a long time to work - especially when zoomed in - and often times misses. There are significant artifacts when shooting against a flat sky, and the red and purple fringing is really bad.