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Model Name: Canon PowerShot S3 IS 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Canon S2 IS
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Successor: Canon S5 IS
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Model Number: S3 IS
Camera Format: EVF
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $499.95
Street Price: $299.00
Date Available:  
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 14.5 oz (410 g)
Size: 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.0 in.
(113 x 78 x 76 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CCD
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 6.0
Sensor Format: 1/2.5 inch
Sensor size: 24.7104mm2 (5.76mm x 4.29mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 2.05 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9
Color Filter Type:  
Anti Aliasing Filter:  
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2816 x 2112 (5.9 MP, 4:3),
2272 x 1704 (3.9 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 2.3
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 640x480 (30.00)
320x240 (15.00)
Movie File Format: AVI (MotionJPEG / Stereo WAV)
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out:
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 36 - 432mm
Focal Length (actual): 6 - 72mm
Zoom Ratio: 12.00x
Aperture Range: f/2.7 (wide) / f/3.5 (tele) - f/8.0
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
19.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 0 - 50 cm
0.0 - 19.7 in
Filter Thread: 58.0mm
Thread Type: Body threads w/ adapter
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: 4.0x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Viewfinder Type: EVF type, TFT color LCD
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution:  
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 2.0
Rear Display Resolution: 115,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen:
Selfie Screen:
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Top Deck Display:
Maximum ISO (native):  
Minimum ISO (native):  
ISO Settings: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
Auto ISO Mode: No
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
Shutter Speed Range: 15 - 1/3200
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off (red-eye reduction available)
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): n/a
Flash Range Description: 0.7 - 5.2 m (2.3 - 17.1 ft.) (W), 0.7 - 4.0 m (2.3 - 13.1 ft.) (T)
Max Flash Sync:  
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: No
Uncompressed Format:  
Movie File Format: AVI (MotionJPEG / Stereo WAV)
Included Memory:  
Included Memory Type:  
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control:
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): DC input
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 1.43
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 2.3
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 999
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.46 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.41 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.400 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.68 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.088 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 1.7 seconds
Play -> Record Time: 1.4 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power: 9.9 seconds
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 550 shots (NiMH AA)
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):  
Battery Life, Video:  
Battery Form Factor: 4 x AA
Usable Battery Types: Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Batteries Included: 4 x AA Alkaline disposable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): No
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
Included Software: Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Notes & Features:

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