Canon PowerShot S300 - here come the reviews!|
(Wednesday, March 21, 2001 - 22:17 EST)
First reviews of one of Canon's latest digicams appearing...
Canon's recently announced PowerShot S300 digital camera, which we first saw at the PMA 2001 show in Orlando, is now beginning to appear in reviews around the web... Steve's Digicams were first up to bat with their First Look posted on March 17th - as usual for a first-look there's no conclusion, but plenty of info on the camera and a range of sample images here.
Next up was Yamada Kumio of the Impress PC Watch website, with two separate articles on the IXY Digital 300, the Japanese name of the PowerShot S300. Yamada's first article is a direct comparison of images from the S300 and the older PowerShot S100, as follows:
This item is followed by a look at the S300's performance in different environments:
- 3 outdoor pictures each with the S300 (left) and S100 (right)
- 2 "people" pictures each with the S300 (left) and S100 (right) - first row is with flash on, second row is with flash off
- 4 pictures showing the S300 (upper row) and S100 (lower row) at wide and tele settings in 1600 x 1200 pixel SuperFine mode
- 4 pictures showing the S300 (upper row) and S100 (lower row) at wide and tele settings in 1600 x 1200 pixel Fine mode
- 6 pictures showing the S300 in 1600 x 1200 pixels Normal mode, 1024 x 768 pixels Fine mode, and 640 x 480 pixels Fine mode with wide and tele settings respectively.
Finally, the folks at the Digital Photography Review website today posted their review of the Digital IXUS 300, which the camera is known as in Europe and Southeast Asia... Phil concludes:
- 5 outdoor pictures
- 5 indoor pictures
- 2 macro pictures
- 6 pictures to demonstrate flash (left column with no flash, right column with flash on)
"Whatever you may think of this camera the first impression you get when you handle it is "cool" ... all in all it's a quality package and feels far more 'camera like' than a lot of other digital cameras which do leave you with the 'computer peripheral' feeling.
Image quality wise I have no quibbles with the IXUS 300, Canon have managed to squeeze a lot of quality and experience into this little package, for most people the IXUS 300 will deliver all they'll need from a digital camera."