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. And now, with 12+ megapixel cameras retailing for under $100, the S3IS is really only for a...
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
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.