Great zoom lens but 800 ISO equivalent results in photo 'noise.'
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I purchased this camera for outdoor scenery, insides of museums and cathedrals, flower closeups, and pet antics. I like a super zoom and the ability to shoot in low-light situations. The zoom is quite good, optics are quality, but low-light features result in a great deal of noise (graininess) in photos. I've had some issues with overexposure - mainly just the sky (autometering sensor) and capturing true colors when photographing outdoor flowers.
The S3IS shoots a nice picture, but has it's flaws.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: A few years ago, the S3IS was a top of the line digital camera, just a step below the pricy DSLR's. With a nice 12x optical zoom and a slew of options for picture control like a digital shutter speed and aperture controls, it feels like a DSLR. Its bulky size, quick battery drain, and quirky sensitivity balance out the good aspects for, in total, a simply average camera.
Conclusion: Its a nice camera but its a bit much. It was easy to use and understand everything. It has auto flash with red-eye reduction which is nice to have. It was dropped a time or two and only got a few scratches but still worked.
Good camera, significant limitations, next likely significantly better
Kevin K. Fosler, Amazon
21 July 2007
Summary: This is a rewrite of a previous review, hoping to be more concise. Pros: - Feels good, looks good, great ergonomics. Usually I de-emphasize this, but this is an exception. - The pictures turn out great. - The movie mode is awesome, good stereo sound (but see below under cons) - It is quick and responsive, for zoom and focus. - The rotating display is nice not only to take pictures of myself, but also to take closer pictures of other people in a candid way -- i.e.
Summary: Much has been said about Canon's Powershot S3 IS all of it justified.. Well in my opinion is not half as good as they say! I have many cameras at half the price and a lot better in almost all departments. I got it just last week and can't get on with it and the pics are not that great, I know a bit about the subject as I do a lot of it for my web site. In short the Fuji Fine pix F70 EXR wins hands down.
Summary: Hmmm - in hindsight i wish i had just gone for a full blown starter DSLR. That was my mistake. Tbh this is a good little camera that takes nice snaps and has a reasonable amount of options to keep most pick-up and shoot people happy. I didn't really notice too much difference in quality over my Canon Ixus s5.