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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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
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.
Chicago Astronomer Joe
17 Dec 2006, 03:02
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