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Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black

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Long product name Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black :
The short editorial description of Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black

Powershot S3 IS

Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black:
The official marketing text of Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black as supplied by the manufacturer
Featuring a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer, advanced movie functions and extensive creative options, the PowerShot S3 IS is perfectly equipped for superb results in any situation.

- 12x optical zoom lens with IS
- 6.0 MP CCD
- Extensive movie functions
- DIGIC II, iSAPS, FlexiZone AF/AE
- 20 Shooting modes and My Colors
- ISO 800
- Widescreen recording
- 2.0" vari-angle LCD
- Accessories
- PictBridge and Print/Share button

The power of 12x zoom.

High performance optics
A powerful 12x optical zoom lens features Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology to counteract camera shake. An Ultrasonic Motor (USM) ensures fast and near-silent zoom operation*. UD lens technology reduces chromatic aberration for razor-sharp images with superb colour accuracy.

A 6.0 Megapixel CCD sensor captures every scene with enough fine detail for large, photo quality prints.

Extensive movie functions
Shoot smooth 30fps VGA quality movies with full audio, or record QVGA movies at 60fps and analyse in sharp slow motion. Make full resolution stills while recording with the Photo in Movie feature.

Cutting-edge technology
Canon's DIGIC II image processor drives rapid 2.3 fps continuous shooting and responsive camera controls. iSAPS technology uses scene information to optimise camera settings before a shot is taken. FlexiZone AF/AE lets you manually select the focus point from almost anywhere in the frame. Super Macro mode allows for millimetre-close focusing on tiny subjects.

Creative shooting
A choice of 20 shooting modes includes Manual mode for complete creative control. 8 Special Scene modes assist with tricky lighting conditions. My Colors allows colour effects to be applied in camera before and after shooting.

Low light performance
ISO 800 allows for flash-free shooting in low light and indoor environments. It also enables shooting at higher shutter speeds, reducing the risk of blur from camera shake and subject movement.

Panoramic photos
Widescreen 16:9 still image recording allows playback on widescreen TV or printing on wide size paper with a SELPHY CP printer.

Large vari-angle LCD
The 2.0" vari-angle LCD lets you frame from creative angles and share playback with friends. Night Display mode enhances screen visibility after dark.

A wide range of optional accessories includes wide and tele converter lenses, a lens hood, slave flash and a soft case.

Easy printing
Connect to any PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible photo printer and push the Print/Share button for a full colour photo in seconds.

Software and sharing
A comprehensive software suite is included for managing and editing your photos. Share your creations online with 100MB of web space on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY.
Short summary description Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black:
This short summary of the Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black data-sheet is auto-generated and uses the product title and the first six key specs.
Canon PowerShot Powershot S3 IS, 6 MP, 1/2.5", CCD, 12x, 410 g, Black
Long summary description Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black :

Canon PowerShot Powershot S3 IS. Megapixel: 6 MP, Image sensor size: 1/2.5", Sensor type: CCD. Optical zoom: 12x, Digital zoom: 4x, Focal length range (f-f): 6 - 72 mm. Maximum video resolution: 640 x 480 pixels. Display diagonal: 5.08 cm (2"). Internal memory: 16 MB. PictBridge. Weight: 410 g. Colour of product: Black

This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP 1/2.5" CCD Black based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Picture quality
Megapixel *
The number (in millions) of light-sensitive picture elements known as pixels actually used by the camera's image sensor (CCD) to record light, and which are reflected to the final number of recorded pixels stored on the memory card.
6 MP
Image sensor size *
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
6 - 72 mm
Combined zoom
Light exposure
ISO sensitivity *
A measure of a photographic film's sensitivity to light.
80, 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto
Camera shutter type
Indicates if the camera shutter is mechanical or electronic.
Flash modes *
Different modes for a camera flash which are manually/automatically activated e.g. auto-flash mode, flash on with red eye reduction.
Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction
Video recording *
Recording moving visual images.
Maximum video resolution *
This is the maximum resolution of video images. Resolution is a measure of the degree of detail visible.
640 x 480 pixels
Compatible memory cards *
Types of memory cards which can be used with this product.
Internal memory
The amount of memory, usually measured in bytes (e.g. MB, GB), which is installed in the system's hardware.
16 MB
Display *
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
5.08 cm (2")
Display resolution (numeric)
Total number of pixels that display has.
115.000 pixels
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
USB 2.0 A/V out (PAL/NTSC)
White balance *
Technique in photography and image processing, which involves a global adjustment of the intensities of the colors (typically red, green, and blue primary colors). An important goal of this adjustment is to render specific colors – particularly neutral colors including white – correctly.
Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Scene modes *
Scenery mode', 'Portrait mode' and other modes which are manually/automatically activated on a camera and change the settings (e.g. exposure time) accordingly.
Beach, Fireworks, Night, Party (indoor)
Photo effects *
Different effects that you can use to modify photos after they have been taken, such as colour filters.
Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid
Playback zoom (max)
Custom colour
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
Colour of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)
The minimum and maximum temperatures at which the product can be safely operated.
0 - 40 °C
System requirements
Mac compatibility
Product can be used with Apple Mac software and/or hardware.
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
113.4 mm
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
78 mm
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
75.5 mm
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
410 g
Packaging content
Bundled software
Software distributed with another product such as a piece of computer hardware or other electronic device, or a group of software packages which are sold together. A software suite is an example of bundled software, as is software which is pre-installed on a new computer.
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser PhotoStitch, RemoteCapture TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me) ArcSoft PhotoStudio
Other features
Video capability
Capability of video recording/playback.
Interface ports to connect pieces of equipment. USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the most popular wired interface to connect peripherals. USB 2.0 supports speeds up to 480 Mbit/s (USB 1: 12 Mbit/s). The interface FireWire is also known as the IEEE 1394 standard. Enhanced IDE (EIDE)is sometimes referred to as Fast ATA, Fast IDE or ATA-2.
USB 2.0
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
11 / 9
Built-in flash
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
15 – 1/3,200
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
36 - 432 mm
Photo mode
Device can take photos.
Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene
Compatible operating systems
List of desktop operating systems tested as compatible with this product.
Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2 OS X v10.2 - 10.4
Digital SLR
The single-lens reflex (SLR) is a type of camera that uses a movable mirror placed between the lens and the film to project the image seen through the lens to a matte focusing screen.
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Testseek has collected 46 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot S3 IS and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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Canon is no stranger to the super-zooming camera. The digicam giant can be regularly found at zoos, trying to get perfect shots of distant wildlife using its favourite Powershot. And now it’s ready to take its photography up a notch with this new 12...
Good Excellent image quality. Big 12x zoom. Great low light performance. Not much bigger than standard compact.
Bad Only comes with 16MB SD card. Small electronic viewfinder.
Bottom line A pint-sized camera that packs a punch, with consistently good performance in all conditions...
But this is more than just a makeover; there are some important improvements in the feature list too, including a new 6MP sensor that replaces the old 5MP CCD, and a larger 2.0-inch LCD, although even this is less than average compared with most new c...
Bottom line But this is more than just a makeover; there are some important improvements in the feature list too, including a new 6MP sensor that replaces the old 5MP CCD, and a larger 2.0-inch LCD, although even this is less than average compared with most new c...
Going grey is a sign of ageing but the PowerShot S3 IS wears it very well, trading in the ubiquitous silver of its predecessor for a much more classy looking gunmetal grey finish. But this is more than just a makeover; there are some important improvem...
Good Build quality and design are very good , Logical and intuitive menu and control system , Fun, Excellent optical image stabiliser...
Bad Viewfinder is a little small...
Bottom line Going grey is a sign of ageing but the PowerShot S3 IS wears it very well, trading in the ubiquitous silver of its predecessor for a much more classy looking gunmetal grey finish. But this is more than just a makeover; there are some important improvem...
An absolutely brilliant ultra zoom model that combines a 12X zoom lens with exceptional picture quality and all the usual functionality.
Good Brilliant pictures, Big Zoom, Advanced Functionality...
Bad Burst mode could be better The Final Word An absolutely brilliant ultra zoom model that combines a 12X zoom lens with exceptional picture quality and all the usual functionality.
Bottom line An absolutely brilliant ultra zoom model that combines a 12X zoom lens with exceptional picture quality and all the usual functionality.
The Canon Powershot S3IS a few new neat features and tweaks that make it an interesting model and slight upgrade on its predecessor the S2IS...
Good Great handling, feature packed, great image quality, excellent macro function, good price...
Bad Intrusive noise at higher ISOs, purple pixel fringing, focus hunting at longer focal lengths, screen and viewfinder hard to see in bright conditions...
Bottom line The Canon Powershot S3IS a few new neat features and tweaks that make it an interesting model and slight upgrade on its predecessor the S2IS...
The Canon PowerShot S3 IS compact camera may look like a minor upgrade to the S2 with an extra megapixel, larger screen and gunmetal finish - but theres a lot more. It boasts an image-stabilised optical zoom with a 12x zoom ratio and an equivalent foc...
The PowerShot S3 IS is only a marginal upgrade from the S2 IS. The new model boasts an extra megapixel, a larger screen, slightly improved sensitivity, and a lick of black paint. Aside from that, it’s very similar to the older model. Although the S3 IS...
The S3-IS should be flattered. From the quantity of mail on the subject, we wanted to know when we could actually test it. This camera was obviously long awaited. Many had even held out on other products hoping that this new camera would be fast with...
Good Optic zoom in video, Stabilized zoom, Nice firm grip, Moveable LCD screen, Manual modes, rapid access to all functions...
Bad Slightly more noise than with the S2IS, Price, Could have had a better startup time...
The Canon Powershot S3 IS comes in black colour (the Canon Powershot S2 IS was silver colour) to make S3 IS digital camera more SLR and professional camera looking. The major differences between Canon S3 IS and Canon S2 IS digital cameras are; wide ran...
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