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Specification for Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Main Features
Resolution 6
Optical Zoom 12
Battery Type Alkaline
Main characteristics
Image Sensor Type: CCD
Resolution: 6.2 Megapixel
Optical Zoom: 12x
Camera Type: Standard Point and Shoot
Lens
Interchangeable Lens: Not Interchangeable Lenses
Optical Zoom: 12x
35mm Zoom Lens: 36 - 432 mm
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focus Range: 19.2 in. to Infinity (w) / 36 in. to Infinity (t)
Macro Focus Range: in. (w)
Focal Length: 6 - 72 mm
Image Quality
Camera Resolution: 6.2 Megapixel
Image Resolutions: 640 x 4802816 x 21122272 x 17041600 x 1200
Video
Video Resolutions: 320 x 240 (QVGA)640 x 480 (VGA)
Video Speed: 30 fps
Max Movie Length: Without Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
Video Format: AVIMotion JPEG
Exposure Control
Aperture Range: f2.7/f3.5 (w/t)
Shutter Speed: 15 - 1/3200 sec
White Balance: AutoManualDaylight / Sunny (Preset)Cloudy (Preset)Fluorescent (Preset)Tungsten (Preset)Halogen (Preset)
Frames Per Second: 2.3 Frames
Storage
Memory Type: MMC CardSD Card
Compression Modes: FineSuperFineNormal
Compression Type: JPEGEXIF 2.2DPOF 1.1
File Size (High Res.): 2.67 MB (48 images on 128MB card)
File Size (Low Res.): 0.13 MB (about 985 images on 128MB card)
Flash
ISO Speeds: Auto10020040080080
Flash Type: Built-In
Flash Functions: Flash OffAuto FlashRed-eye Reduction Flash
Viewfinder / Display
Viewfinder: Optical (Through-the-lens)
LCD Panel: With LCD Panel
LCD Panel Size: 2 in.
LCD Screen Resolution: 115,000 pixels
LCD Protected Position: With LCD Protected Position
Interfaces
Interface Type: USB
Video Interface: Video Out
Power Supply
Battery Type: 4 x AA Batteries
Battery Life: 110 Images
Included Features
Self Timer: 12 Sec.
Built-in Microphone: With Built-in Microphone
Built-in Speaker: With Built-in Speaker
Tripod Mount: With Tripod Mount
Other
Height: 7.8 cm
Width: 11.3 cm
Depth: 7.5 cm
Weight: 0.4 kg
Included Accessories: 4 x AA BatteriesUSB CableVideo CableNeck Strap16 MB Memory CardDriverLens Cap
Release Date: May, 2006

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

“This camera represents excelent value for money - I...”

Written on: 22/07/2008 by xanderd (4 reviews written)

This camera represents excelent value for money - I paid around £180 2nd hand as new in September 2007. The picture quality is very good overall, the only thing which is slightly lower quality is the edges of branches against a bright sky.

The super macro mode is amazing and you can touch objects on the lens, provided adequate lighting, for incredible detail. The zoom is among the best on the market at this price and I use it almost every time I take photos.

The camera is very easy and quick… Read Full Review

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

“Canon put all their knowledge in the Powershot S2 to”

Written on: 22/01/2008 by Zeex (2 reviews written)

Canon put all their knowledge in the Powershot S2 to
make it a very fast digital compact camera. It is very responsive and
2.4 fps in continuous mode without limit is a unique feature for this
type of camera. Auto focus is fast, also in low-light conditions.
Zooming from full wide-angle to full tele AF will take some time.


The camera is very responsive and reacts instantaneous. Exposure
and parameters such as ISO, white balance and exposure compensation are set intuitively with the main mode dial and… Read Full Review

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

“The 12X zoom is the best feature. You really don't...”

Written on: 19/09/2007 by delshad (3 reviews written)

The 12X zoom is the best feature. You really don't need any more than that for personal use. Though one needs to use a tripod to keep the camera steady for higher digital zooms.
It comes with 4 alkaline AA size batteries however it is much better to buy a set of rechargeable batteries since they tend to run out pretty quickly.
Also you need to buy fresh storage immediately since the 16 MB card that the camera comes with can hardly store any images.
Since I am a Canon user I miss the face finder… Read Full Review

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

“I bought this camera for our daughter who wanted to...”

Written on: 10/05/2007 by eddiemarsden (19 reviews written)

I bought this camera for our daughter who wanted to start wildlife photography. I wasn't prepared to buy the kind of specialist (and therefore expensive) equipment which is required for this area of photography, but reviews indicated that the Canon S3 looked to be a good bet. Lens focal length was obviously an important factor here and the 12x zoom on the S3 gives a 35mm equivalent of 432mm at the top end - an excellent compromise. Image stabilization is available and this reduces camera shake… Read Full Review

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