|Canon PowerShot S3 IS digital camera review : The Canon PowerShot S3 IS is the successor of the popular PowerShot S2 IS camera, which was subjected to an array of tests in one of our previous in-depth digital camera reviews. Digital cameras such as the Canon S3 IS enjoy a considerable popularity, which arises from the fact that they have so much to offer for a relatively low price. The Canon PowerShot S3 IS features, for instance, an impressive 12x optical zoom, equipped with an image stabiliser, which enables hand-held shots even when working with long focal lengths. The rotating and tilting monitor allows you to capture your images from virtually every imaginable position and angle. The resolution of 6 Megapixels is more than sufficient to produce a beautiful A4, or even A3, print.
Canon S3 IS - Attractive type of digital camera
The Cannon PowerShot S3 IS is one of a truly unique group of digital cameras, and is particularly suitable for photographers that seek functionality, yet not the costs and size of a digital SLR camera. Naturally, the fact that the Canon PowerShot S3 IS allows you to zoom in to a great extend, should be looked upon as an enormous advantage; after all, this means you no longer need to invest in the extremely pricey lenses that the SLR camera requires. Image stabilisation is an indispensable factor when working with such long focal lengths, which is why you are likely to see at least one form of stabilisation on practically every single model in this segment of the Megazoom cameras. Remarkable however, is that the amount of megazoom models seems to dwindle. Apparently, manufacturers are failing to see the benefits, even though this type of digital camera remains very attractive to the consumer.
Canon PowerShot S3 IS - 6 Megapixels
As far as looks are concerned, there aren't all that many noticeable changes from the Canon S2 IS. The black colour, however, is a definite improvement, and the different stickers also catch your eye. The resolution has increased slightly, and now stores a total of six million pixels. The DIGIC II processor converts the pixels to an attractive image. It is not, however, the amount of pixels that is of foremost significance. The Canon PowerShot S3 IS camera has also been equipped with a higher sensitivity, and is now able to capture images in ISO 800. This is particularly beneficial when working in low-light conditions, as well as with the long focal lengths.
Canon S3 IS - 2 inch Vari-angle LCD screen
The screen on the back has been replaced by a 2 inch vari-angle LCD. With the S2 IS, we saw a monitor of a mere 1.8 inch. The vari-angle in particular proves to be a pleasant improvement. You are now able to maintain a decent view on the monitor from many angles, even with a lot of light present. To meet the rise of HDTV, the Canon PowerShot S3 IS features the option to capture images in wide-screen format, with a ratio of 16:9. In addition, you will find further functions to enable the recording of video clips, as well as an extra Sports programme.
Canon PowerShot S3 IS review
All the positive sides of the PowerShot S2 IS seem to have found their way to its successor. The Canon PowerShot S3 is an exceptionally compact digital camera that is easily carried along. The DIGIC II processor ensures a fast and proper processing of the image information, just as was the case with its predecessor. The Canon S3 IS camera can be equipped with a variety of accessories, such as an external HF-DC1 flash, a tele converter, a wide-angle adapter and a lens hood.
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