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Canon Powershot S2 IS Review

Digital camera review overview
Canon Powershot S2 IS Introduction
Canon Powershot S2 IS Camera
Canon Powershot S2 IS Control
Canon Powershot S2 IS Adjustments
Canon Powershot S2 IS Storage and Energy
Canon Powershot S2 IS Conclusion

Canon Powershot S2 IS Review conclusion

Canon Powershot S2 IS - Versatility
When we used the Canon Powershot S2 IS it turned out to be a versatile digital camera. High resolution images, advanced videos with stereo sound and a large optical range with optical stabilisation are ingredients that enable a versatile use of the camera. The camera does have a few dangerous competitors, but due to its well thought out way of operating the camera conquered a space in the heavily competing group of advanced Mega zoom digital cameras. The Canon S2 IS camera is the successor of the Canon Powershot S1 IS and is a worthy one. The resolution increased from 4 to 5 Megapixels, auto focus and image processing speed improved and the camera features a larger multi-media character thanks to the enhanced sound functions.

Canon S2 IS - DIGIC II
One item that distinguishes Canon from its competitors is the integration of the in-house developed DIGIC II image processor. This powerful processor is developed thoroughly and has reached the second generation. Superior integration of different parts and improved algorithms enable the processor to carry out functions a great deal speedier and at the same time keep the energy management under control. The user will benefit from these innovations straight away and will notice it for example from the long-time battery performance. The Canon Powershot S2 IS has thrown a powerful device into the battle, DIGIC II.

Powershot S2 IS - Remarkable qualities
The excellent working stabilisation combined with the high resolution is pleasant to work with. It makes photographing a lot more relaxed. The effort to keep the camera as still as possible when photographing in large telephoto, is no longer an issue. The sound quality and the possibility of taking pictures during recording a video enhance the multi-media joy. The camera's hand fit is perfect, thanks to the obvious handgrip. Colour rendition and exposure are both excellent and hardly require any corrections. Add to this the remarkably economical character of the camera and Canon once again impressed friend and foe with a high quality digital camera added to the Mega zoom group.

Canon Powershot S2 - Improvements
Not many comments can be made concerning the S2. The camera performs well in practice. Despite that there are some points of criticism. The noise level, especially at images with ISO 400 is simply too high. Fair enough, the prints are fine, but they could have even been better and nowadays techniques enable printing enlargements with hardly any noise even at ISO 400. Canon could still improve something here. The optical lens with 12x multiplier is fine, and features a powerful zoom. Wide angle however encounters a rather clear distortion, but telephoto hardly any at all. Also super Macro delivers images with rather unclear edges, we have seen better results.

Canon Powershot S2 IS digital camera review
Canon possesses a very large market share and is enjoying various number 1 positions on the field of market shares. Canon knows how to reach their consumers and not only by inventive marketing campaigns. The products are well-established and products like the Canon Powershot S2 IS add to Canon's great success. The camera is versatile and is equipped with powerful functions. Featuring innovations like the DIGIC II processor lift the S2 IS to a higher level than its competitors. The performance of the camera is excellent, and as far as we are concerned, the camera is definitely recommendable!

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Canon Powershot S2 IS - SD Ultra II PLUS memory card
The small compact and light weighted memory card has to be inserted in the memory compartment. A small catch is visible on the SD card; it serves as security, it locks the card. If you push the catch upwards, the card is not secured. Then it's possible to delete stored data or to store data. If the catch is pushed downwards, it's not possible to work with the card, no data can be stored on it, and stored data, like photos, videos or other data is secured. During our test we used a very special SD card. When looking at the image you will notice that the card can be bent in the middle after which a USB interface is visible. You can insert the SD PLUS card directly in a USB slot without needing any wiring. Who makes up these things? It's a truly handy option proving once again that the applications and possibilities of the flash memory card, like the SanDisk Ultra II Secure Digital PLUS memory card, are almost unlimited.

Considering 1GB of storage capacity:
Resolution 2592x1944 - Super Fine - 380 images - 2503kB
Resolution 2592x1944 - Fine - 678 images - 1395kB
Resolution 2592x1944 - Normal - 1342 images - 695kB
Resolution 2048x1536 - Super Fine - 590 images - 1602kB
Resolution 2048x1536 - Fine - 1058 images - 893kB
Resolution 2048x1536 - Normal - 2082 images - 445kB
Resolution 1600x1200 - Super Fine - 942 images - 1002kB
Resolution 1600x1200 - Fine - 1678 images - 558kB
Resolution 1600x1200 - Normal - 3180 images - 278kB
Resolution 640x480 - Super Fine - 3554 images - 249kB
Resolution 640x480 - Fine - 5494 images - 150kB
Resolution 640x480 - Normal - 8634 images - 84kB

Video Resolution 640x480 - 30 fps - 7min 54 sec. - 1980 kB/sec
Video Resolution 640x480 - 15 fps - 15min. - 990 kB/sec.
Video Resolution 320x240 - 30 fps - 20min 59 sec. - 660 kB/sec.
Video Resolution 320x240 - 15 fps - 34min 56 sec. - 330 kB/sec.

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