October 02, 2006

New toy: Canon S3 IS

Writing about web page http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_Camera/PowerShot/PowerShot_S3_IS/

It’s my birthday in just over a month, but I’ve got my main present early this year :)

As we are off on holiday to visit my parents in South Africa in a few days time, Steph bought me the Canon S3 IS (bargin at £250 from Pixmania) to replace my aging Canon A40. I’ve not had much of a chance to play with it yet, but I’ll have loads of time on holiday. Only problem around the house is that poor Maggie is afraid of it :( I think there must be some high frequency sounds coming from it when the lense extends as she goes all pathetic whenver I turn the camera on (even if she can’t see it happening), poor thing.

The A40 went with me last year to South Africa on safari. It was ok, but I was very jealous of my Dad’s more up to date camera. So with this in mind, I decided it was time for an update. As DP Review puts it:

The PowerShot S3 IS features:

  • 12x optical zoom lens with USM and UD lens element
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 6.0 Megapixel CCD
  • Larger size 2.0 Vari-angle LCD
  • 30fps VGA movies with stereo sound and Photo in Movie feature
  • DIGIC II, iSAPS and Flexizone AF/AE for fast, precise results and 2.3 fps continuous shooting performance
  • 20 shooting modes and My Colors photo effects
  • High ISO Auto and ISO 800 for low light flexibility
  • Widescreen (16:9) recording

Hopefully I can compete for the best photos this time around…at least I can’t blame the tools this time.


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  1. Joe

    I recently picked up the same camera and I absolutely love it. It takes great pictures, especially if you know how to work a manual camera, since it had that setting. If the week and a half I’ve had it, I have taken about 700 pictures, getting some really nice ones.

    09 Oct 2006, 04:55

  2. Chicago Astronomer Joe

    I recently got a Powershot S3 and quite happy with it.

    I researched the digital world extensively, desiring to upgrade from my trusty Kodak DX 3215, but it was quite limited and I needed something more robust. The S3 had everytning I desired…and more. The movie feature is quite nice, even at it’s lowest settings.

    It has plenty of zoom (12x), and takes very good images.

    I needed a camera for astrophotography, and I hope this one will seve well, but one observation…

    It’s remarkable that I have been able to record star, constellations and nebulae with just the camera lens, but I find it bothersome that I cannot focus stars down to pin points, it just stops short. I don’t know if this is inherent to all digital cameras, but maybe it’s just mine.

    Other than that, I highly recommend this camera.

    Respectfully,

    Chicago Astronomer Joe
    Administrator
    www.chicagoastronomer.com

    17 Dec 2006, 03:02


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