Summary: PowerShot S3IS - PC 1192: Poor mechanical parts related to the zoom lens. Canon should be ashamed. I own several digital and film zoom lens cameras. This is the only one that has done this. The zoom gets jammed and everything stops.
Summary: I bought this camera about 4 or 5 year ago and only used it for about a month or two before having lens issues. At first the lens would just have difficulty retracting and would make a weird noise, but then I started getting the "lens error, restart camera" message every time I'd turn the camera on.
Summary: Bought the Cannon Powershot S3 IS after reading all the raved reviews here and elsewhere on the internet. I was origingall impressed with the quality of the photos and all the bells and whistles on this camera.
Summary: To out dated not worth the money. No camera that takes double a batteries is worth spending over 200 dollars on! Its a junk camera canon made. I suggest to not buy this one there is another that takes a lithium battery which is the one I was looking for.
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.
Cons: blurry, blurry, blurry. Owned a Sony dcv3 before this one--now that is a camera! We thought all digi cams must shoot that sharp. We hated this camera, simply because we got one sharp pict out of 10. Even at high ISO and with image stabilizer on.
Excerpt: Pluses Easy to use, lightweight and superb picture quality for the price. Well built. Macro and super macro excellent. Negs When batteries warning light comes up you dont have long at all before camera dies. Lithium rechargeable would have been better.