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5.7 out of 10

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

The Canon Power Shot S3 IS, introduced in 1996, is the upgraded Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Overall 6
6.0

Great zoom lens but 800 ISO equivalent results in photo 'noise.'

Jemmom, Viewpoints
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.
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Overall 6
6.0

The S3IS shoots a nice picture, but has it's flaws.

CameramanAaron, Viewpoints
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.
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Overall 5
5.0

"Awesome Camera for 18 months then unusable"

kellywren, CNET
27 July 2011
  • Pros: The best point and shoot I've ever owned. Rave reviews and award winning photos from this camera. Zoom is great. Even though only 6 mp the pictures are so sharp and clear.
  • Cons: Only con- Mechanical lens freezes up after about 18 months of use. (This is the second one I've had. The first one -an S2 IS- lens froze in the extended position rendering the camera useless. Had purchased the extra year warranty and so was sent anothe
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Overall 6
6.0

happy

meroxjohn, Ebay
6 June 2011
  • Summary: still need to get camera repaired but happy with purchase, look forward to using it for my e-mail bussiness
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Overall 6
6.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 4
4.0
Battery performance 8
8.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Shutter lag 6
6.0

Good Camera until it gives you an E18 Lens Error

Rostlk, epinions.com
15 April 2008
  • Excerpt: Great camera initially with a great zoom and photo quality. After more than a year or so the camera
  • Pros: Price / Quality of photo / zoom / video capability
  • Cons: Very fragile lens mechanism and Canon customer support
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Overall 6
6.0

A nice camera for the money

russelljudge, ReviewView
22 January 2008
  • 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.
  • Pros: Size of screen and color
  • Cons: Cost to much
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Overall 5
5.0

"Powerful for a small camera!"

Mernigert, CNET
28 June 2007
  • Pros: I like the power of the 12X zoom. It takes great pictures, even with back-lit subjects. It is very easy to use, and the grip feels solid in my hand.
  • Cons: I like a real view-finder as opposed to a digital one. In bright sunlight it is difficult to see your subject.
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Overall 6
6.0

"Mediocre Camera - Expected more from Canon"

Jack2466, CNET
12 May 2007
  • Pros: Good Daytime Shots, Manual Controls, Good Bundled Software
  • Cons: Terrible Nighttime Shots, Blurry Photos, Colors are Washed out, LCD Tiny
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Overall 6
6.0

"Great Performance but Possible Serious Defect"

snrub1, CNET
5 April 2007
  • Pros: Ease of Use, Flexibility, Excellent Picture Quality
  • Cons: Camera became inoperable due to lens jamming while retracting; a bit bulky; slow "shutter" speed
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Overall 5
5.0

"If the S3 is just the S2 with minimal changes..don't bother"

Swellesley, CNET
4 March 2007
  • Pros: Comfortable to hold, good view finder
  • Cons: poor focusing ability and poor image quality
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